For some weird reason, Donald Trump is burning his donor’s money to hold rallies in states where he really doesn’t need to. Like Mississippi — where he is sure to win — and my home state of Washington. Where he is definitely going to lose. These are two states that are not “in play” this election and it is a waste of Trump’s time and money to go to them. Yet he does.
Trump held his rally Tuesday in my former home for 10 years, Everett. Not too far from my old home, actually. But, waiting to get inside the Xfinity Arena, was an Everett I had not seen before. It was so… what’s the word? Oh, yeah: white. Everett is a diverse town but you’d never know it from looking at this crowd. The protesters outside were much closer to the population I know.
The Arena was about half full by 6:30, half an hour before Trump was scheduled to speak. They were treated to WA State Senator Don Benton at about 7:10. Many folks watching the live feed thought it was Colonel Sanders. But Benton, according to the Seattle Times, has Trump’s ear “to an unusual degree.” Benton was also part of the rallies in Lynden and Spokane back in May.
After Benton, RNC Chair Reince Priebus took the podium to the music of Free singing “All Right Now.” A song that Free singer Paul Rodgers has told the Trump people not to use. Why Priebus? God only knows. He came out only to knock Hillary Clinton — which, honestly, is pretty much all anyone did — and to try to get the crowd pumped. A clown making balloon animals would have done a better job. One thing Priebus did do was use veterans, specifically WWII vets, to sell the Republican jingoism. It was disgusting.
Then came Rudy Giuliani. Seriously. Betcha can’t guess what he talked about. Gold star for the first one who gets it right. He dissed Hillary’s response to Benghazi (which I have thoroughly debunked) by bringing up his “crisis moment.” Wait for it… yes! It was 9/11. What else can we expect from him? He got attention by selling fear so he keeps doing it. Over and over and over ad nauseam.
Next up, Sen. Jeff Sessions. No, that was not a misprint. Why he was there is a mystery, though he did mention a daughter and grandkids in Seattle. Oh, I get it: a free trip to see the family courtesy of Trump’s donors. How will they feel about that I wonder?
Then, at 7:38, The Donald himself took the stage. He mentioned that there were “thousands” still outside and he could come back later but that was booed. Come to think of it, the crowd didn’t look that interested in the first place. If he’d waited, they might have just gone home.
So what did Trump have to say? Well, in the words of a man I admire, “Blah blah blah. Blah-blah blah blah, etc.” Same old routine.
Trump swears he is going to create a “new future” for America. One with jobs. One with the infrastructure “our country needs and deserves.”
“Because our infrastructure is going to Hell. Frankly, I hate to say it, our country is going to Hell.”
Well, isn’t that special? The thing is, we’d meet Nazi Germany down there if Trump has his way. Our country is not the hellhole which he is trying to paint it as. I believe he is thinking of Somalia. You know, where everyone has a gun and there’s no pesky government.
He began really focusing on the African-American thing, something that didn’t seem to go over very well with the 99.9% white crowd. He lost them for a bit. He did try to blame Democrats for Jim Crow, again showing that he didn’t pay attention in history class.
“Remember, and many people don’t know this: the Republican Party is the Party of Abraham Lincoln, not bad! It is also the party of freedom, equality and opportunity. It is the Democratic Party that is the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow, the and party of [oppression]. By the way: Is there any place better to be than a Trump rally?”
Is this a trick question? Because I can think of thousands of better places to be. The bottom of a well, downwind from a pig farm, inside the belly of a whale, under a pile of garbage, aboard the Titanic… Bet you can think of more.
His speechifying about people of color was not going well. So he went to drugs, specifically heroin deaths. Nice. Politicize a non-partisan problem. But wait! There are drugs now “pouring across the border that no one has ever heard of.” Really? Can we have some facts on that, please? Of course not.
The message was clear enough: our country is “a disaster.” The “policies of Hillary Clinton,” in other words, Democratic policies:
“… have produced only poverty, joblessness, failing schools, broken homes, and rising crime… Here, in the state of Washington, 65% of Latino children and 60% of African-American children live in low-income households.”
Ohhhh, thanks for playing but that’s a wrong answer. The actual numbers are very different. The percentage of black children in Washington state living in poverty (a 5-year average) is twenty-five. Not great, but nowhere near sixty percent. Latino children in poverty is not 65% but twenty-seven percent. Also not great but not as high as Trump would have his
dupes followers believe.
Then it was more “this sucks but I can fix it” nonsense until it was time to attack “Crooked Hillary.” As usual, Trump paints her as the worst person to draw breath upon the Earth. According to Trump, Hillary is responsible for all the wrongs of the world. Before Hillary, Trump says, Iraq was Wonderland, Libya was Utopia and Syria was Shangri-La.
“After Hillary, here is what the world looks like: Iraq is in total chaos. Syria is in the midst of a disastrous civil war and a refugee crisis now threatens Europe and the United States. ISIS has been unleashed onto the entire world. Iran – the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism – has been put on the path to nuclear weapons, and was given a $400 million dollar cash ransom payment. This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and terrorism.”
No, this is the legacy of the Iraq War (thank you Bush/Cheney and PNAC) and thousands of years of tribal warfare. But Trump does well when he attacks Clinton. His people need red meat and Trump is more than happy to give it to them.
Trump ended his speech by telling the crowd that he is “fighting for you.” And they believe him. A man who has always been out for himself and they actually think he gives a rat’s ass about them. Isn’t that precious?
I was watching the live feed from our Seattle ABC affiliate, KOMO. The comments were flying and imagine my surprise when my colleague from If You Only News showed up. Kinda nice to have a friend in the lion’s den. About 30 minutes in, the live feed was lost and my friend knew why:
“Even the video feed ran away from the stupid.”
And there you have it, folks. Another Trump rally full of sound and fury and signifying nothing. No policy, no plans. “I’ll fix everything,” he says. “How?” we ask. And we are met with attacks on Hillary Clinton and Democrats and hollow platitudes about how Trump will “Make America Great Again.”
That’s all Donald Trump is: a motto and a hairpiece. Oh, and words. He has the best words. And not-small hands. And other body parts. Believe him.
Here’s the whole speech for those who can stomach it:
Here’s the (heavily edited) transcript of Trump’s speech via his campaign website.
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