President Donald Trump went to Arizona on Tuesday night and delivered what has now become a trademark speech: Full of invective, victimhood and fact-free retellings of recent historical events.
I went through the transcript of Trump’s speech – all 77 minutes – and picked out his 57 most outrageous lines, in chronological order. They’re below.
1. “And just so you know from the Secret Service, there aren’t too many people outside protesting, OK. That I can tell you.”
This is, literally, the first line of his speech. Trump is obsessed with the idea that the opposition to him is overstated while the support for him is understated. (They won’t turn the cameras around and show the size of my crowds!) CNN’s Saba Hamedy, who was on the scene of the protests, said that thousands of people were on the streets of Phoenix.
2. “A lot of people in here, a lot of people pouring right now. They can get them in. Whatever you can do, fire marshals, we’ll appreciate it.”
So many people love me – it’s hard to fit them all in the building! But, try!
3. “You know I’d love it if the cameras could show this crowd, because it is rather incredible. It is incredible.”
For the record: The cameras always show the crowd. Have for months and years.
4. “We went to center stage almost from day one in the debates. We love those debates.”
The election ended 287 days ago, as of last night.
5. “Our movement is a movement built on love.”
For a second, you might have been tricked into thinking that Trump was going to return to the message of unity and justice he laid out at the start of his Afghanistan speech on Monday night. Spoiler alert: He wasn’t.
6. “We all share the same home, the same dreams and the same hopes for a better future. A wound inflicted upon one member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all.”
The second sentence of this is verbatim from his speech on Monday. But as the rest of Trump’s speech shows, these are just words to him. He reads them but doesn’t understand them. Or believe them.
7. “I see all those red hats and white hats. It’s all happening very fast. It’s called: ‘Make America Great Again.’”
Trump conflates a call to unity and an end to divisiveness with supporting him. The country is coming together because lots of people at a campaign rally have “MAGA” hats on!
8. “Just like (the media doesn’t) want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the White Supremacists, and the KKK.”
[narrator voice]: He didn’t.
9. “So here is my first statement when I heard about Charlottesville – and I have a home in Charlottesville, a lot of people don’t know.”
Follow this logic: The media says I didn’t condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. I did – because I have a house there, which many people don’t know.
10. “So here’s what I said, really fast, here’s what I said on Saturday: ‘We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia’ – this is me speaking. ‘We condemn in the strongest, possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.’ That’s me speaking on Saturday.”
This is what he actually said (italics/bolding mine): “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.”
Which is not the same thing. At all.
11. “I think I can’t do much better, right?”
No, you could have done much, much better. Just ask your own party – the vast majority of which condemned your Charlottesville comments. Also, Trump is always doing great!
12. “I hope they’re showing how many people are in this room, but they won’t”
[narrator voice]: They were.
13. “I call them anarchists. Because, believe me, we have plenty of anarchists. They don’t want to talk about the anarchists.”
Believe me, I know anarchists. The best anarchists. Bigly.
14. “If you’re reading a story about somebody, you don’t know. You assume it’s honest, because it’s like the failing New York Times, which is like so bad. It’s so bad.”
I have no idea what Trump’s point is here. But MAN, the New York Times is failing, right?!?!?
15. “Or the Washington Post, which I call a lobbying tool for Amazon, OK, that’s a lobbying tool for Amazon.”
Amazon doesn’t own the Washington Post. Jeff Bezos does.
16. “Or CNN, which is so bad and so pathetic, and their ratings are going down.”
17. “I mean, CNN is really bad, but ABC this morning – I don’t watch it much, but I’m watching in the morning, and they have little George Stephanopoulos talking to Nikki Haley, right? Little George.”
A few things: 1. Trump watches TV constantly. 2. “Little George”: Trump as bully-in-chief.