The Trump rally in Phoenix once again sounded like it was on the campaign trail in 2016, but with a far more sinister edge than before. The President once again called out the media over and over again, sometimes refusing to move on, all the while basking in chants to “build that wall” and “lock her up.” Less than 24 hours after a relatively measured speech that went back on his years of promises to get the troops out of Afghanistan, Trump repeated himself and truly embraced his reality TV star self for the first time in a long time.
Trump continued to say nonsensical things, like lying about CNN closing up shop in order to protect themselves from Trump’s ire, all while egging the crowd on to shout his catchphrases like he was a WWE Hall of Famer or something (he is):
He also brought up his incendiary remarks (and non-remarks) about Charlottesville, which was instantly refuted for omitting key details he said at the time:
This did provide an interesting and fun aside for some to make fun of, a silver lining of sorts found in the odd way the president pronounces “antifa”:
Trump continued to go back to his campaign promises to “drain the swamp” despite the fact that he’s filled his cabinet full of Goldman Sachs executives. He also said that no president has done more than he has in the time he’s been in office, saying he’s created many jobs and respected by Kim Jong-un after his “tough talk” against the dictator.
He also said that he ended the “war on beautiful clean coal” and a new coal mine had opened where they will get coal and then clean it. It was very confusing, like listening to your great uncle talk politics at the Thanksgiving table.
Needless to say, most people were blown away by Trump’s unhinged rants about taking down Teddy Roosevelt statues and wage increases. He also seemed to win back some of the folks he likely should’ve lost in the aftermath of Charlottesville:
One thing that is certain is that there are no shortage of reactions right now and there will be no short in the days to come. Many are getting tired of asking what’s next: