It was supposed to be a fundraising speech.
It spiraled into a seething pit of crazy.
Probably the craziest of all the things President Trump boasted of in a 30-minute speech in Missouri on Wednesday was that he makes up facts.
That’s right: He admitted that he makes up things and then presses those made-up facts as real.
The Washington Post covered Trump’s tale of insisting that there was a trade deficit with Canada, while speaking to Justin Trudeau.
“Trudeau came to see me. He’s a good guy, Justin. He said, ‘No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please,’” Trump said, mimicking Trudeau, according to audio obtained by The Washington Post. “Nice guy, good-looking guy, comes in – ‘Donald we have no trade deficit.’ He’s very proud because everybody else, you know, we’re getting killed. …
“So he’s proud. I said, ‘Wrong Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know. … I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’ You know why? Because we’re so stupid. … And I thought they were smart. I said, ‘You’re wrong Justin.’ He said, ‘Nope we have no trade deficit.’ I said, ‘Well in that case I feel differently,’ I said, ‘but I don’t believe it.’ I sent one of our guys out, his guy, my guy, they went out, I said ‘check because I can’t believe it.’
‘Well, sir, you’re actually right. We have no deficit but that doesn’t include energy and timber … And when you do, we lose $17 billion a year.’ It’s incredible.”
There’s actually a trade surplus with Canada.
A surplus and a deficit are two very different things, but Trump can’t be bothered to figure out the details of either before he harasses our allies with his [admitted] made-up talking points.
In this talk, he went after a host of allies, as a matter of fact, accusing Japan, the European Union, and South Korea of years of ripping off the United States.
He was so manic, that he even threatened to pull U.S. troops out of South Korea if he doesn’t get what he wants, as far as trade.
While claiming that South Korea had gotten rich off of cheating the United States in trade, he pushed:
“We have a very big trade deficit with them, and we protect them,” Trump said. “We lose money on trade, and we lose money on the military. We have right now 32,000 soldiers between North and South Korea. Let’s see what happens.”
“Our allies care about themselves,” he said. “They don’t care about us.”
I think that’s every nation. They care about themselves and the well-being of their people, but they recognize the value of allies and work to maintain diplomatic ties.
That’s something that professionals and grown-ups understand. Unqualified reality TV clowns and lifelong con artists do not.
WaPo actually has audio of the speech, and say it is heavily peppered with a lot of Trump boasting about himself.
SO, just like every other speech he gives?
He was actually supposed to be fundraising for Missouri candidate Josh Hawley, but just as he did for Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania, it really is all about him.
According to WaPo, he barely mentioned Hawley. He did mention how bad Hawley’s opponent, Claire McCaskill is, but everything else was self-praise, including boasting of his 2016 win.
He did mention meeting with Kim Jong-Un, and wanted those in attendance to know that he was making history.
“They couldn’t have met” with Kim, he said, after mocking former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. “Nobody would have done what I did.”
“It’s called appeasement, please don’t do anything,” he said of other presidents.
“They say, maybe he’s not the one to negotiate,” he said, mocking a voice of a news anchor. “He’s got very little knowledge of the Korean Peninsula. Maybe he’s not the one … Maybe we should send in the people that have been playing games and didn’t know what the hell they’ve been doing for 25 years.”
While attacking Japan, he created this scenario of how Japan uses gimmicks and tricks to avoid allowing U.S. auto makers from selling to their consumers.
“It’s the bowling ball test. They take a bowling ball from 20 feet up in the air and drop it on the hood of the car,” Trump said of Japan. “If the hood dents, the car doesn’t qualify. It’s horrible,” he said. It was unclear what he was talking about.
He was talking about the voices in his head, because that’s some next-level mental breakdown stuff, right there.
He went on to say that he didn’t care to have Japan pay the tariffs, as long as they agreed to build more cars in the U.S.
The so-called free-trade globalists, he said, are against his trade moves because “they’re worldly people, they have stuff on the other side.” Gary Cohn, the president’s top economic adviser, recently quit over the tariffs and was derisively labeled by his critics as a “globalist.”
Trump mocked other politicians for wanting to keep the NAFTA, calling Mexico “spoiled” and saying that Canada had outsmarted the United States. “The best deal is to terminate it and make a new deal,” he said.
Pure protectionist horse flop.
Trump desperately wants to be seen as “historical” and he will be. No doubt about that.
Obsessed over press coverage and the need for all the world to be as enamored of him as his most devoted, unthinking MAGA Temple members, he railed on.
He apparently sees meeting with Kim Jong-Un as the ultimate.
“They were afraid of being blown up. Then all of a sudden, they say, let’s not meet,” he said of reporters.
While Trump said some decry his rhetoric and think his bellicose and mercurial tendencies could bring the United States into a war, Trump explained why he taunted the North Korean president as “Little Rocket Man.” He said the South Koreans told him Kim Jong-Un was agreeing to meet because of the tough United States sanctions and that they promised to not do any nuclear tests or missile launches until a meeting occurred. That comment could not be verified.
“He’s going to get us in a war,” he said, again mocking a news anchor. “You know what’s going to get us in a war? Weakness.”
OH – I agree with him there. I think we might have different ideas of what “weakness” is, but I agree. Trade weakness, military weakness, mental weakness – all of these things can bring down a nation, either alone or in combination.
With the constant reshuffling going on in the White House and a GOP that seems frozen and unwilling to stand up to this nutcase, I’m wondering how much buffer is left to keep us afloat.
There is something very not normal about this man’s thinking, and I don’t care what a 10 minute cognitive exam says.