Unfortunately, I have watched, listened to, and forced myself to pay attention to many of Donald Trump’s speeches. It’s one of the downsides to my job as someone who covers politics. Needless to say, I’ve witnessed many of these disasters where I’ve walked away in absolute shame that this buffoon could become our next president – but the speech he gave on Wednesday in Georgia could very well have been the most mind-bogglingly insane speech he’s ever given.
Here are a few of the most ridiculous moments from this embarrassing spectacle (the numbers after the quote indicate the time in the speech video where that particular comment was made).
1. “The LGBT community, the gay community, the lesbian community — they are so much in favor of what I’ve been saying over the last three or four days.” (13:10)
Yes, that’s Donald Trump claiming that he’s a friend to the gay community based on the nonsense he’s been saying since the tragic attack at a gay club in Orlando. Nothing like the presidential candidate for the party which supports horrific anti-LGBT discrimination laws; thinks same-sex marriage should be illegal; and has people within the party who embrace pastors who believe homosexuals should be executed, trying to play himself up as a someone who cares about LGBT rights.
I would have gotten mad at this comment, but I couldn’t stop laughing at the absurdity of it.
2. “If some of those great people that were in that club that night had guns strapped to their waists or strapped to their ankle, and if the bullets were going in the other direction, aimed at this guy who was just open target practice, you would have had a situation, folks, which would have been always horrible, but nothing like the carnage that we all, as people, suffered this weekend.” (16:23)
Because, you know, it sounds like a great idea to have hundreds of people, many of whom are heavily intoxicated, packing guns in a dark nightclub. Trump literally tried to claim that had a bunch of drunken people in full-on panic mode inside of a dark club had guns, fewer people would have died. Yeah, that sounds absolutely sane and rational. The best way to help reduce our gun violence problem isn’t to pass sensible gun regulations to hopefully keep these weapons out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them — it’s to arm a bunch of mostly intoxicated people inside of a dark nightclub, according to Trump.
3. “It’s amazing that our country can continue to survive. But, you know, eventually it’s not going to survive.” (37:08)
That’s a presumptive presidential nominee saying that the United States is dying like a terminally ill friend who isn’t going to survive. No, seriously, that’s the story he used when talking about the country’s survival — he compared it to a terminally ill friend.
4. “If Hillary gets in, you will have a Supreme Court that will destroy our country as we know it — just remember that. We will have Venezuela. You see what’s happening in Venezuela? And we’re getting fairly close to that anyway.” (38:44)
Yeah, so, this whole “Supreme Court thing,” I’m not sure Donald Trump quite understands that they don’t write economic policies — the court simply interprets Constitutional rights.
5. “Putin has built up their [Russia’s] military again and again and again, their military is much stronger. He’s doing nuclear, we’re not doing anything. Our nuclear is old and tired and his nuclear is tippy top from what I hear.” (45:10)
Classic Trump, “from what I hear.” I’m always amazed at all this information he has that “he hears,” without ever providing a single credible source for anything. Though in his little tirade where he tried to spook up old Cold War-type hysteria, he failed to mention that, despite Republicans always trying to act as if our military budget has been depleted, our military and defense spending dwarfs Russia’s — and the whole world’s, for that matter.
6. “One of the papers called the other day and they said, ‘Would you speak to the leader of North Korea?,’ I said absolutely, why not? Why not?… Who the hell cares? I’ll speak to anybody. Who knows? If there’s a ten percent or a twenty percent chance that I can talk him out of those damn nukes because who the hell wants him to have nukes and there’s a chance I’m only going to make a good deal for us.” (58:56)
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s Donald Trump thinking he can reason with a literally insane Kim Jong Un to “make a good deal” so he’ll get rid of his nuclear weapons. You know, it’s not a good thing when I legitimately believe that the leader of North Korea would easily be able to outsmart the President of the United States. But that’s exactly what would happen if this idiocy were to ever take place.
7. “We shouldn’t have [state] dinners at all. We should be eating a hamburger on a conference table and we should make better deals with China and others and forget the state dinners.” (60:13)
That’s Donald Trump saying we should host the leaders of foreign nations on conference tables where we serve them things like hamburgers and hotdogs — like they’re at a damn Sunday BBQ. It’s blatantly clear that this guy doesn’t get what being the president actually means. I also find this ironic coming from someone who, while supposedly rich, wastes money on incredibly lavish things specifically to show off.
He also went on some incoherent rant about tents and offering to build President Obama a “free $100 million or more ballroom” that’s just too long and babbling to transcribe. If you want to listen to that part, it starts at the 60:33 mark.
This speech was an absolute train wreck and an embarrassment. Most of Donald Trump’s speeches are rather humiliating, but this was one of the most insane speeches I’ve ever seen him give. Even reading these lines doesn’t do it justice. You really should watch at least these parts to understand just how batsh*t crazy this thing was.
We cannot let this lunatic become our next president.
Watch the full speech below if you can stomach it:
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