Yesterday’s speech in Alabama by President Donald Trump still has the internet (and the nation) in a state of relative confusion. He started with a super-fake and supposedly southern-sounding sort of accent he tried to employ. He ended with a rhetoric alternately offering up his now-trademark personal attacks on some people while praising others in his circle. Trump managed to display more of the bombastic personality that endears him to his under-educated and ill-informed base while grating on the rest of us like nails on a chalkboard.
The speech was a last-ditch campaign endorsement for Luther Strange, who is running against former judge Roy Moore (and currently losing) in a hotly contested republican battle for the senate seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Trump appointee. Luther Strange has been filling the vacancy since being appointed to complete Sessions’ term by then-Alabama governor, Robert Bentley, who later resigned from the governorship in disgrace.
While the president’s speech included many of his perennial crowd pleasers such as “lock her up” chants and bashing Senator John McCain for opposing him on TrumpCare, it also included a bevy of outright lies and personal attacks.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) September 23, 2017
The most outrageous lie was probably the statement that 17 million people sought refuge in Alabama during the recent Hurricane Irma evacuation of Florida. Alabama’s current population is approximately 4.8 million people according to the most recent census data. While it is quite possible that 17 of the 20+ million residents of Florida did seek shelter from the storm somewhere, it is doubtful that they ALL made it to Alabama, or that Alabama would have been able to accommodate them.
Trump just said at his rally that 17 million people went to Alabama for shelter after recent storms. 17m into a state of 4.8 million people? pic.twitter.com/J8U5zQi0Ea
— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) September 23, 2017
Trump’s speech covered a number of odd and unrelated subjects, as is his normal rambling and disjointed pattern, but one that has been reverberating across the country is his calling Colin Kaepernick a “son of a b*tch” for having the nerve to protest the killing of innocent young black men by police officers.
— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) September 23, 2017
Backlash was fast and furious. Kaepernick gave up everything to stand up for BlackLivesMatter by kneeling that fateful day. He lost his NFL career and was ostracized by the industry for daring to have a personal opinion and express it.
The arguments are numerous, both for and against Kaepernick, but Trump dragging him through the mud in this particular crowd was nothing more than an unwarranted personal attack for applause value. Our president is a showman and applause feeds his ego.
Crowd chants "U-S-A! U-S-A!"
Trump just mainlined some racist heroin into the Huntsville crowd by tacitly calling Colin Kaepernick a SOB
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) September 23, 2017
Activist-journalist Shaun King tweeted:
When was the last time a sitting President said ‘son of a b*tch‘ on purpose at a rally? Has that ever happened?
Trump used harsher language to describe Kaepernick than he used for the Neo-Nazi who killed Heather Heyer. https://t.co/WpsNY9bU8w
— Christiana A Mbakwe (@Christiana1987) September 23, 2017
Trump was quicker and more vehement in his hatred of Colin Kaepernick’s non-violent protest than he was of Nazis. Take note of that.
— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) September 23, 2017
Of the outrageous statements that will go down in the annuls of history as true 21st century puzzlers with be this little tidbit (yes, he actually did say that):
Trump: “Isnt it weird when a guy who lives on 5th Ave in the most beautiful apartment you’ve ever seen comes to Alabama & Alabama loves him”
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) September 23, 2017
So many people in the south seem to really love this inept, ill-informed, and ill-prepared man who calls himself the president of the United States. He is about as prepared to lead this country as a Kindergartner is to deliver the commencement speech at Harvard. But yet, his people love him. He panders to their idiocy and they eat it up without benefit of utensils. They drool over his every word.
It would seem that we have finally come full-circle. We have what is, based on the words of Grover Norquist, a Republican wet-dream come true — they never wanted a leader. They wanted a showman that could wow the crowds and then just “sign this stuff.”
Trump is very good with a sharpie. The best. He signs the best stuff. All the best stuff.
If you have a strong stomach, you can watch the entire speech here:
Featured image from YouTube video