The latest fascist rally

Chris Cillizza gives the flavor of Trump’s rally last night by listing 57 berserk lies, threats, dog whistles, self-flatteries, and random collections of words.

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.”

That’s the very first thing he said. It’s not true. There were thousands of people protesting.

5. “Our movement is a movement built on love.”

Says the man who spends most of his time spewing hatred and venom on Twitter and at “rallies” and in conversation. Says the man who has done more to stir up hatred and violence in this country than anyone ever. How dare he say that.

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.

Then he says oh goody look at all the red hats – the red hats that stand for all that anger and venom. He doesn’t mean the love bullshit. He’s all about the anger and venom.

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.”

I’ll just leave this here.

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.

He relentlessly attacks the mainstream media while promoting the shoddy Murdoch mouthpiece Fox.

28. “Now, you know, I was a good student. I always hear about the elite. You know, the elite. They’re elite? I went to better schools than they did. I was a better student than they were. I live in a bigger, more beautiful apartment, and I live in the White House, too, which is really great.”


30. “And yes, by the way — and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage. You see that.”
This is demagogic language from Trump about the media. “They” are trying to rob us of “our history and our heritage.” You don’t have to look very hard to see racial and ethnic coding in that language.
31. “I really think they don’t like our country. I really believe that.”
Trump’s claim that the media doesn’t “like” America is hugely offensive. Offensive and dangerous. Imagine ANY other president saying anything close to this — and what the reaction would be.

It’s fascism, is what it is.

36. “You would think — you would think they’d want to make our country great again, and I honestly believe they don’t. I honestly believe it.”

The media, in Trump’s telling, is rooting against the country. Let me say again: Rhetoric like this is offensive, dishonest and dangerous.

He hints he’s going to pardon Arpaio. He threatens to shut down the government to extort payment for “the wall.” He makes a big fuss about not mentioning McCain by name because They told him not to, and attacks him without naming him. He attacks the other Arizona senator, also without naming him, for the same reason. He says that’s what he’s doing.

56. “They’re trying to take away our culture. They are trying to take away our history.”

[dog whistle]

That’s our head of state. That lying enraged toddler is our head of state.

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