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.
Feel like I’ve read this headline before: “Trump vents frustrations in rambling speech…” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/23/i-love-alabama-its-special-at-rally-for-sen-luther-strange-trump-vents-frustrations-in-rambling-speech/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_pp-alabama-809am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.b26243b5a0bf …pic.twitter.com/QnAq9Yik2G
Many gems in this WashPost account of Trump’s bizarre-even-for-him speech at Luther Strange rally in Alabama. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/23/i-love-alabama-its-special-at-rally-for-sen-luther-strange-trump-vents-frustrations-in-rambling-speech/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_pp-alabama-809am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.b26243b5a0bf … pic.twitter.com/82PAZV7tPc
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.
Trump calls Colin Kaepernick a ‘son of a b*tch’ during Alabama stump speech
While campaigning for Alabama Senate runoff candidate, President Donald Trump reportedly went on a tangent in which he referred to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a “son of…
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.
“Wouldn’t you like our NFL owners to say when someone disrespects the flag ‘get that son of a bitch off the field’?”
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?
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):
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: