An Unleashed and Unhinged Trump Threaded His Denial Accusations of Sexual Assault With Even Darker, Uglier Rhetoric
Donald Trump delivered one of the most disturbing and fiery speeches of his entire campaign Thursday afternoonÂ to cheering supporters in Florida that was, as many on Twitter noticed, threaded with anti-Semitism, fascism, and sexism.
I have watched dozens and dozens of Trump speeches and this one may be one of the most disturbing and frightening I’ve seen.
â€” Brian Tashman (@briantashman) October 13, 2016
â€” John Aravosis (@aravosis) October 13, 2016
The billionaire international businessman denied all claims made against him by a dozen women since Wednesday, accusing him of sexual assault or inappropriate behavior. He vowed to win the White House because he, and only he, can fix the nation’s woes.Â
Trump also attacked the “corporate media”:
Trump attacks the â€œcorporate media,â€ which he calls â€œa political entityâ€¦ with a total political agenda.â€ https://t.co/Qy8dn9UE6T
â€” CNN (@CNN) October 13, 2016
And to the crowd’s chants of “Lock her up!” Trump said Clinton “should be locked up.”
â€” CNN (@CNN) October 13, 2016
The Atlantic’s Senior Editor tweeted this disturbing section of Trump’s speech:
Trump: “hillary clinton meets in secret with international banks to plan the destruction of global sovereignty”
â€” Adam Servianski (@AdamSerwer) October 13, 2016
Here is the full context of that Trump quote about “international banks” and the “global power structure” pic.twitter.com/p5qigLnxtS
â€” Adam Servianski (@AdamSerwer) October 13, 2016
â€” Doc Sportello (@dogstar7tweets) October 13, 2016
@AdamSerwer Meaning: Go pick up your shiny boots and armbands before there is a run at the department store.
â€” Kevin Cloud (@KevinCloud) October 13, 2016
And elsewhere on Twitter, many responded to the fascism and anti-Semitism that was threaded into Trump’s speech:Â
After this speech, there’s no need to qualify with “proto” or “pseudo” when you call Trump a fascist
â€” Elias Isquith (@eliasisquith) October 13, 2016
So, the big takeaway from this speech is that Trump trafficked in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, right?
â€” Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) October 13, 2016
He’s developed a new rhetorical tic with this emphatic “We. Must. Save. Our. Country…” thing. Very Mussolini-like.
â€” digby (@digby56) October 13, 2016
Trump says it “wouldn’t be a bad thing” if the NYT closed. I bet Paul Ryan feels really bad right now about supporting a fascist.
â€” Josh Barro (@jbarro) October 13, 2016
Trump’s speech shows that there is still plenty of room for anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in the GOP in 2016.
â€” Michael Koncewicz (@MikeKoncewicz) October 13, 2016
Trump adding full blown, unabashed anti-semitic code words to his stump speech. https://t.co/93AacZ2w1y
â€” Mike Thomson (@MikeThomson22) October 13, 2016
This Trump speech is as fascist as they’ve come. The anti-semitism is so goddamn strong. It’s frightening
â€” #WrightDudaBack2Back (@DudaFanClub) October 13, 2016
@RichardBSpencer Trump went full Fascist. You always go full Fascist.
â€” Georg Weissman (@PendulumAnguis) October 13, 2016
â€” Andy Gardiner (@AndyGardiner) October 13, 2016
The ANTI-SEMITISM of the Trump campaign has not gotten enough attention. The unleashed Trump is going full on Jew baiting here.
â€” Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) October 13, 2016
@kasie Trump just gave a fascist diatribe, the denial of sexual misconduct is secondary to the political paranoia
â€” gary hamill (@gham50) October 13, 2016
Anti-semitism is what he’s doing here, for the especially not bright: https://t.co/MNiTucrJm3
â€” trump=super predator (@feministripper) October 13, 2016
Trump is running with a specific anti-Semitic variant of NWO stuff. Not really my favorite but it is a popular genre.
â€” Mike Duncan (@mikeduncan) October 13, 2016
Anti-Semitic dog whistles in today’s Trump speech? Worth following the reax… https://t.co/cwC3czCBIz
â€” Owen Alterman (@owenalterman) October 13, 2016
â€” mark (@dm_markske) October 13, 2016
Trump is inciting to riot. What other fascist dictator was ready to burn down his country with the victors at the door?#BurningDownTheHouse
â€” Favabeads (@favabeads) October 13, 2016
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RNC Chair Asked Nominee for $500,000 in Possible Pay-to-Play Scheme for Ambassadorship: Report
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel appears to be enmeshed in an possible pay-to-play scheme, asking a nominee for $500,000 after his ambassadorship nomination ran into trouble.
When the confirmation for President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the Bahamas stalled in the Senate, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Rona McDaniel dashed off an email to the nominee, San Diego billionaire Doug Manchester.
“Would you consider putting together $500,000 worth of contributions from your family to ensure we hit our ambitious fundraising goal?” McDaniel wrote in an email, according to CBS News, which reports the email came “as his confirmation in the Senate hung in the balance.”
Manchester, who had donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration fund, replied quickly.
“As you know I am not supposed to do any, but my wife is sending a contribution for $100,000,” he wrote. “Assuming I get voted out of the [Foreign Relations Committee] on Wednesday to the floor we need you to have the majority leader bring it to a majority vote … Once confirmed, I our [sic] family will respond!”
CBS spoke with Manchester, telling him, “You know what this looks like.”
“Well — it looks like it to you. But it’s not the facts,” Manchester responded. “My wife gave out of separate funds and she in fact loves Donald Trump.”
Manchester told CBS it’s just “part of politics.”
“You give and you give and you give and you give some more and more and more,” he said.
He ultimately was forced to withdraw.
This is not the first ambassador nominee who has given huge sums to the RNC or to team Trump. Gordon Sondland, who is at the center of the Ukraine scandal, became Trump’s ambassador to the European Union despite having no experience for the role. He also gave Trump’s inauguration committee $1 million. The New Republic reports many of Trump’s ambassadors are high-dollar donors.
Among them, Kelly Knight Craft, who is now the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, “donated $1 million alongside her husband.”
No Way Pence Didn’t Know What Trump Was Up to in Ukraine After Aide’s Revelations: CNN Panel
A CNN panel discussion on testimony given by a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence said her revelations about what she knew about President Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings can only mean Pence knew and is lying.
Speaking with New Day hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, contributor Kaitlan Collins stated Jennifer Williams’ description of Trump’s Ukraine phone call was expected to set Trump off, which it did when the president raged at her on Sunday as a “Never Trumper.”
“We kind of saw this coming, that they anticipated the president could be frustrated by her testimony,” Collins explained. “Because in the weeks before, when she was going to testify behind closed doors, we saw them distancing themselves from her. Yes, she works in our office, but she’s the State Department employee detailed to our office.”
Collins added Williams, “was on the call with the president. She traveled with Pence when he went to Warsaw to meet with the Ukrainian president.”
“She’s not some low-level staffer,” she continued. “She’s also not an eager witness. No one even realized she was on the call until someone else on the call named her to house investigators, that’s why she was called to testify in the first place.”
Former White House official Joe Lockhart jumped int to say Pence had to know what William had heard during the call.
“I think the other thing about Jennifer Williams, and it’s not getting as much attention, is she does place Vice President Pence in an awkward position,” Lockhart suggested. “He either has to argue he doesn’t read his briefing book, doesn’t listen to his staff, or I was in on this. It’s one or the other. So far he’s escaped scrutiny here, but he was briefed on his way to Warsaw by her and apparently, it was in his briefing book”
Trump’s Alleged ‘Checkup’ at Walter Reed Was ‘Non-Routine and Scheduled Last Minute’: Report
President Donald Trump’s unexpected trip to Walter Reed medical center did not follow “routine” protocols for a presidential medical exam, CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reported on Sunday.
A source familiar with Trump’s visit to the hospital told Diamond that staff was not notified prior to the president’s visit.
President Donald Trump’s visit to Walter Reed on Saturday did not follow the protocol of a routine presidential medical exam, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Medical staff at Walter Reed did not get a staff-wide notice about a presidential visit to the medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, ahead of Trump’s arrival, according to that source.
During normal circumstances, medical center staff would have received instructions about a “VIP” visit ahead of time.
“That did not happen this time, indicating the visit was a non-routine visit and scheduled last minute,” Diamond reported.
A second source also told CNN that the trip to Walter Reed was “abnormal.”
The White House is on record insisting that the visit was part of the president’s annual “routine” physical exam.
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