Historians are going to be shaking their heads over this one, even as reporters and the general public do. Donald Trump spoke in Huntsville, Alabama this evening as the kick off for last minute rallies supporting Luther Strange, who is running for Jeff Sessions’ senate seat. Election Day is Tuesday. In 83 minutes of rambling off script Trump
- Tore down the leaders of his own party
- Called Kim Jong Un “Little Rocket Man”
- Called an NFL player a “son of a bitch”
- Declared Russia emphatically did not help in the election, and other gaffes and faux pas.
Plus he said “thousands of people …outside waiting to get in.” Here’s what two reporters who were eye witnesses said to that:
Full transcripts will be available in a few hours with all the major networks. In the meantime, CBS compiled a list of highlights. This debacle will go down in the annals of history as ”vintage Trump.”
8:15 p.m. Trump said “little rocket man” — meaning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — should have been “handled a “long time ago.”
8:28 p.m. Trump said the media coverage of the night’s event, and of the race, will be skewed. He criticized the media, saying it wouldn’t show the crowd size, and would criticize him if Strange doesn’t win on Tuesday. He called the media some of the most “dishonest” people he has ever met, adding that they’re really “bad people.
8:38 p.m. Mr. Trump reassured his voters that the infamous border wall with Mexico will be built, and it will be “pristine” and “perfect.” The designs are coming along well, he said. The wall has to be see-through, though, so 100-pound bags of drugs don’t hit people in the head, he said. “What do I do best? I build.”
9:00 p.m. Trump says “Russia did not help me.”
One of the oddest moments was when Trump said he wasn’t sure he should support Luther Strange and that if Roy Moore won the primary he would “be campaigning like hell for him.” Hardly a sterling and unequivocal endorsement of the candidate in question, who was the precise reason he made the trip to begin with. Mitch McConnell must be popping a vessel.
After the inauguration George W. Bush, upon hearing the “American Carnage” speech said, “That was some strange shit.” With Trump, history is prologue and it isn’t going to change, except to get worse, until he’s impeached or resigns.