Trump’s campaign for popularity

Seven months after becoming US president Donald Trump is turning to campaign style meetings in apparent attempt to prove his popularity, or to stoke his ego, or something. He succeeded at winning the election in part through his campaigning, so seems to think it will win popularity as president as well.

Yesterday he had a campaign meeting in Arizona, where an hour long speech was full of praise for himself and blame of others, particularly the media and also Republicans who weren’t following his wishes.

Fox News: Trump turns up heat on Senate Republican foes

President Trump has dramatically ratcheted up criticism of his Senate Republican detractors, going after Arizona’s senators at Tuesday’s freewheeling Phoenix rally and following up with an accusation on Twitter that GOP leaders are “just wasting time” if they don’t scrap the filibuster.

He made threats – Trump says he’ll ‘close down’ federal government to get border wall money from Congress

President Trump on Tuesday said that he is prepared to shut down the government if congressional lawmakers don’t present a spending bill that will pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

“Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Phoenix, where the crowd responded: “Build that wall. Build that wall. Build that wall.”

And he was full of bull. He claimed that CNN had turned their live feed off – “Oh, those cameras are going off. Wow. That’s the one thing, they’re very nervous to have me on live television” – but people reported that they were watching him live on CNN.

It seemed to be an effort to be popular.  Trump Tries to Recharge His Base in Arizona Rally

President Donald Trump, in his first rally after the violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, attacked the news media and his fellow Republicans who were critical of his response to the protest.

In an address of more than an hour, Mr. Trump accused the news media of “fomenting divisions” and attacked his GOP colleagues for failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He also urged supporters to press lawmakers on the overhaul of the tax code.

The rally was the latest example of the White House’s struggle to control its narrative. The White House on Tuesday had sought to highlight the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement policy with the president’s tour of a border protection facility in Yuma, Ariz

“We’re finally defending our own borders,” Mr. Trump said later in the rally Tuesday.

More bull: “And just so you know from the Secret Service, there aren’t too many people outside protesting, OK. That I can tell you.”

But Protests Turn Unruly After Trump’s Phoenix Speech

A day of noisy but largely peaceful protests of President Donald Trump’s speech in Phoenix turned unruly as police fired pepper spray at crowds after someone apparently lobbed rocks and bottles at officers.

How much bull? Donald Trump’s 57 most outrageous quotes from his Arizona speech

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.

CNN: Here’s how reporters are responding to Trump’s new amped-up attacks

At a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, the President called journalists “liars” and “sick people” who are fomenting “division” in the country and “trying to take away our history and our heritage.” And he repeatedly portrayed the news media as an enemy of the American people, recalling his claims to that effect from February.

“I really think they don’t like our country. I really believe that,” Trump said.

ABC’s Cecilia Vega, who was at the rally, said on “GMA” that “this was incitement, plain and simple.”

Vega, who has covered many of Trump’s rallies, showed video of rallygoers scolding the press corps while saying “this one felt different.”

“It really feels like a matter of time, frankly, before someone gets hurt,” she said.

The President encouraged his audience to boo and chant anti-media slogans, knowing the rally was being broadcast live on cable television.

At one point he said of the press, “You would think they want to make our country great again. And I honestly believe they don’t.”

Some people still like and support Trump, but he is also increasingly causing concern about whether he is fit to be President.

From (national correspondent, the Atlantic):

Trump’s speech in Phoenix stands in a place of its own in presidential rhetoric.

Respect the clear, no-BS stance that Lemon/CNN and O’Donnell/MSNBC are taking right now. Pointing out the lies & unhinged tone.

I have heard presidential speeches from JFK onward. Some good, some bad. Some memorable, some boring. Some too long, some elegantly short. Some I agreed with, some made me grit my teeth. Some read from prompter, some improvised. On through any “some .. some” pair you want.

And in some of them presidents have let their anger seep through the normal pose of presidential distance. (See: the thoughts of R Nixon).

But never before have I witnessed a president who seemed to have no thought in mind beyond what would rev up the immediate audience while utterly heedless to how this would sound to people who didn’t already agree, to those with access to proof he was lying.

To those who would think through implications of reckless promises (govt shutdown to force funding for the wall), or reckless attacks on those whose support he needs, starting with McCain and Flake and extending around the world.

And then we have ex-Sheriff Joe: Effectively Trump promised to pardon Arpaio. (Whether he’ll realize that tomorrow, who knows.)

Imagine if Eisenhower gave these winks about those resisting school integration in Little Rock Or JFK about Bull Connor.

This is not how presidents have ever sounded before.

There will not be a new Trump.

We saw this evening a spectacle with no parallel in presidential history. In a dangerous way.

CNN: Trump on the rampage in Arizona

Donald Trump just showed why even some Republicans question whether he has the temperament and the capacity to serve as President.

In an incredible performance at a raucous Arizona rally Tuesday, Trump rewrote the history of his response to violence in Charlottesville and reignited the culture wars.

Trump in effect identified himself as the main victim of the furor over the violence in Virginia, berating media coverage for a political crisis that refuses to abate over his rhetoric on race.

Continuing to campaign for his own popularity is an odd way to run a presidency.

“I’m a person that wants to tell the truth. I’m an honest person, and what I’m saying, you know is exactly right.”

“I don’t believe that any president has accomplished as much as this president in the first six or seven months. I really don’t believe it.”

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  1. And moving on from that: After angry rally, Trump will call for healing in Nevada

    Hours after his irate campaign rally in Phoenix, President Donald Trump will call Wednesday for national healing.

    “It is time to heal the wounds that have divided us, and to seek a new unity based on the common values that unite us,” Trump will say in a speech to the National Convention of the American Legion in Reno, Nevada, according to advance excerpts of the speech provided by the White House.

    “We are one people, with one home, and one flag,” Trump will say.

    • duperez

       /  August 24, 2017

      It is fair for Trump to think and say, “I don’t believe that any president has accomplished as much as this president in the first six or seven months. I really don’t believe it.”

      It is fair for him to think he is the greatest person ever elected to public office. The United States claims to be the ‘land of the free’ and he is free to think whatever he likes and probably say it.

      Just like he is free to be delusional, and free, regardless of all the grandiosity, to be a sad individual.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 24, 2017

        I think that you speak for a few (???) people there.

        In one way he HAS done more than any other president:D 😀 😀

  2. David

     /  August 24, 2017

    He did go on a bit too long about the fake news but given that they have just spent a week calling him an anti semite KKK supporter his bite back was well justified. People really need to stop expecting him to be typically presidential because he is who he is and not a normal politician and that is why he won, the commentariat shouldnt be surprised if what was on the campaign trail and voted for is actually how he is now in office.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  August 24, 2017

      You’re completely delusional David. trumps speech in Phoenix was lie after lie after lie with barely a pause for breath.

      His 15-minute rant about Charlottesville – which he had prepared notes for, ffs- was just a flat-out lie about what he said, when he said it, and what he was criticized for.

      After that he lied about CNN turning off their cameras…

      He lied about the size of the protest outside…

      He lied about job creation…

      He lied about his tweeting…

      He lied (yet again) about the New York Times apologizing for its campaign coverage of him…

      He lied about the media ignoring big stories…

      He lied about auto companies bringing jobs back to America…

      He lied about how much illegal immigration has declined…

      He lied about extreme vetting…

      He lied about Obamacare. He lied about how close he was to repealing it…

      He lied about defense spending…

      He lied about clean coal…

      He lied about economic growth…

      He lied about corporate tax rates…

      All in, it was 77 minutes of alternative reality, propounded by a delusional white-supremacist snowflake who is completely out of his depth intellectually and socially. The creep is a hate-merchant and an insecure idiot who has achieved nothing positive during his 8 months in office. Instead he’s brought the world to the brink of nuclear war and divided America like no president before him.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 24, 2017

        Which would be worse-to think that he believed all this tripe (in which case he is either suffering from dementia or another form of mental illness) or that he is deliberately lying ?

        The Bitch from Hell who snared our dear friend would do this-lie about things that couldn’t possibly be true. If anyone challenged the lies, she would fly into a rage. Her mother was a drover who drove animals over Auckland Harbour Bridge in the 1930s. She (BfH) lived in a ‘big, flash Art Deco house, 4 ******** St. The street name and number didn’t change, but the town did. Liars ought to have good memories.

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  August 25, 2017

          I see symptoms of more than one mental health issuer in trump:

          He shows many of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s
          – declines in mastery of language
          – a drop-off in use of unique words
          – increase in non-specific nouns (thing, something, anything)
          – increase in filler words (well, so, basically, actually, literally, um, ah)
          – a greater use of low-imageability, high frequency verbs (get, give, go, have, do)
          – forgot which country he had just bombed when he bombed Syria
          – forgot he needed to sign executive orders when that was the purpose of the event he was attending
          – has lost himself on-stage and on the tramac more than once
          – exhibits moodiness, paranoia, erratic behaviour, and belligerance
          Age, family history, and heredity are key factors in Alzheimers, and trump’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimers.

          He also exhibits many of the symptoms of malignant narcissism
          – his grandiose sense of self-importance without commensurate achievements
          – repeated lying, disregard for the rights of others and lack of remorse
          – bizzare conspiracy theories
          – false sense of victimisation
          – demonisation of the press and anyone else who opposes him
          – bullying behaviours even as a child
          – series of manic and ill-advised ventures
          – string of failed relationships
          – hypomania, ‘flights of ideas’, impulsivity
          But many of those symptoms (partiocularly the hyper-reactive ones) also fit Borderline Personality Disorder…and his insensitivity to ethical issues is a characteristic deficit of psychopathy

          Then there’s his issues with walking down stairways… remember when he had to take Theresa May’s hand at the WH? That suggests either a phobia (which I doubt) or some neurological damage (which is more consistent with Alzheimer’s)…

          From my perspective, unattractive and culturally frowned-upon habits, while dysfunctional and despicable, do not constitute mental illness. And I don’t like speculative diagnosis. It’s unethical and there are those who would wrongly use health status to discriminate.

          But I also believe that actual disease doesn’t give a damn about ethical debate. In the end, it comes down to whether someone is fit to do a job and whether it is safe for them to do so.

          For trump (and the rest of us), the stakes are high. I don’t believe he should be diagnosed from afar (the Goldwater Rule and all that), but I do believe that well-intended concern about the greater good of society should be met with investigation. Then again, that’s just me.

      • Corky

         /  August 24, 2017

        God bless the American Way. Bloggs, America was built on the finest bs known to man. You just have to accept no one does it better. Certainly not Liberals who aren’t interested in bs, they just want to control your life..and kill you if you disagree.

        Give me Trumpy any day. Trumpy is a fine American.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 24, 2017

          Do you call ISIS Liberal, then ? They fit your definition, so do Nazis, Marxists,Pol Pot and Kimmy Korea.

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  August 25, 2017

          Corky, trumpy is White ISIS and his radicalisation of white supremacists is just as appalling as radicalisation of islamicists.

          How can you not understand the damage caused in America by the far-right?

          When it comes to domestic terrorism in America, the numbers don’t lie: Far-right extremists are behind far more plots and attacks than Islamist extremists. There were almost twice as many terrorist incidents by right-wing extremists as by Islamist extremists in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016, and when it comes to right-wing extremism, attackers are mostly men and almost always white.

          White supremacist men are the real people who kill you if you disagree with them. “Fine Americans” every one of them *sarc

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 25, 2017

            Joe-I hadn’t examined DT’s (fitting initials ?) behaviour in the light of his having Alzheimers, but it sounds horribly as if you are right.

            I have (and wish that I hadn’t) had encounters with sociopathy/narcissism and believe that he exhibits enough of the signs to make it entirely possible that he is a sociopath/narcissist.

            The BfH became enraged when any of her lies were challenged-just like Trump. She described herself as a ‘devout Christian lady’. 0/3. She is the one whom I have had most contact with and I never want to know another person like her. She and her matron of dishonour even tried to cash in (so to speak) on Pike River by claiming that the other woman was the mother-then the grandmother-of one of the miners. How evil is that ?

            Good luck with convincing Corky to see reason. . To him, my great Muslim GP is an Islamist and member of ISIS, I imagine. So would the young Muslim woman who’s a Hamilton chemist be that way inclined….

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  August 24, 2017

    The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has taken an interest in the situation in the US:

    “The panel said it was “alarmed” by recent displays of racist violence and, without mentioning US President Donald Trump by name, condemned the “failure at the highest political level” to “unequivocally reject and condemn” such activity.

    After the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination asked US authorities to investigate fully and “to address the root causes of the proliferation of such racist manifestations.””

    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/23/world/un-us-racism-warning/index.html

  4. He’s very narcissistic, isn’t he. Remember his chat recently about his owning the “one of the largest wineries” in America. Cringe-making

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  August 24, 2017

      the more unhinged, dangerous, racist, bigoted, violent, ignorant and authoritarian trump behaves, the more his followers are enthralled (read: sucked in)

      • HIs current popularity is allegedly below his election vote though

        • Patzcuaro

           /  August 24, 2017

          That is not surprising, I don’t think he would have picked up many supporters since taking office and he would have lost support from those who voted for a change and didn’t like what they got and others who are appalled by his behaviour.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 24, 2017

            I cannot see him finishing his term.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 24, 2017

              I had forgotten that bit about ‘I own one of the….’ that was on the news a few nights ago. I think that the very end might not have been.

              Perhaps he meant that he had the biggest WHINERY in the US.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 24, 2017

              Either he does own the winery and has put it in his son’s name (it’s in the name of Eric J Trump and supposedly has no connection with Donald Trump and his affiliates) or he doesn’t own it.

              If his son owns it, it was a lie to say that Trump owned it.

              If his son doesn’t own it and his name is used as a front, that is also a lie

  5. Zedd

     /  August 24, 2017

    I heard on USA Indep. media (Democracy now), that there is louder calls for Mr T to be given a psychiatric assessment, to see if he is actually ‘mentally fit to be POTUS’ ?

    I also saw many protesters at a Nazi/KKK rally, chanting ‘NO TRUMP, NO KKK, NO FASCIST USA !” also getting louder, by the day ?!

    I thought the USA white supremecists, were dominated by KKK, but increasingly Swastikas & NAZI insignia seems to be on display; promoting Herr Drumpf perhaps ?

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 24, 2017

      Anyone who wants a return to the Nazi era is an idiot who should be careful what they ask for.

      I have heard for a long time that there are plenty of neoNazis in the US-Paul Theroux did a documentary on them. It featured the charming blonde twins Lynx and Lamb whose surname I forget.

      When they sent care packages to New Orleans after the cyclone (?), nobody would take them because they were for whites only and white people wouldn’t accept them when they were offered with that restriction. I seem to remember that they and/or their organisation also had a stall with care packages that nobody would take when they saw who they were from.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 24, 2017

        Hurricane, sorry-wasn’t it Katrina ? The one that devastated the city.