President Trump spoke . . . and the world applauded, agonized, attacked and approved.
Katie Couric felt “truly afraid for our country” after listening to the president while CNN put together the “57 most outrageous quotes” from the speech Trump gave to fans gathered in downtown Phoenix Tuesday night. At the same time, many found the president’s message spot on and even inspirational.
“He is the first president I feel in my lifetime that speaks his mind and speaks from the heart,” said Trump backer Randy Hutson, a retired Phoenix police officer who got in line for the event more than seven hours before the speech even started. “He says what needs to be said.”
As the president jetted off this morning for Reno, where he’ll speak to a veteran’s group before flying home to Washington, social media erupted with sizable doses of both outrage and admiration over Trump’s remarks, starting with his opening comment that practically nobody was protesting his appearance despite the fact that CNN was showing live video from the protester-filled, tear-gassed-filled streets outside the hall.
“And just so you know from the Secret Service, there aren’t too many people outside protesting, OK,” said Trump in his opening remarks. “That I can tell you.”
During the 77-minute speech, Trump trashed Arizona’s two Republican senators, without identifying them by name; attacked the mainstream news media; downplayed the size of the crowd of protesters outside; and fired back at the widespread criticism of his remarks on the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va.
Then, placing two big juicy cherries on top of his oratorical sundae, Trump hinted that he plans to pardon controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and threatened to shut down the government over funding for a Mexican border wall.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2017
So now that we know how the president felt about his speech, let’s hear from some others:
These people are booing the media & Trump is actually happy about it! Hello people, this is NOT NORMAL! #TrumpRallyPhoenix
— thisfatbroad (@ChristyKibbe) August 23, 2017
Liberals are sick people calling Trump & us who support him a racist. Listen dummies, we love our country. Get it yet? #TrumpRallyPhoenix
— Mike (@mike_Zollo) August 23, 2017
Here’s another snippet of the speech and the crowd’s response:
TRUMP: “And I’m here tonight to send a message: We are fully and totally committed to fighting for our agenda, and we will not stop until the job is done.”
“This evening, joined together with friends, we reaffirm our shared customs, traditions and values. We love our country. We celebrate our troops. We embrace our freedom. We respect our flag. We are proud of our history. We cherish our Constitution, including, by the way, the Second Amendment.”
CROWD: USA! USA! USA!
TRUMP: “We fully protect religious liberty. We believe in law and order. And we support the incredible men and of law enforcement.”
TRUMP: “And we pledge our allegiance to one nation under God.”
TRUMP: “You always understood what Washington, D.C. did not. Our movement is a movement built on love. It’s love for fellow citizens. It’s love for struggling Americans who’ve been left behind, and love for every American child who deserves a chance to have all of their dreams come true. From the inner cities to the rural outposts, from the Sun Belt to the Rust Belt, from east to west and north to south, our movement is built on the conviction that every American from every background is entitled to a government that puts their needs first.
Meanwhile, over at the Facebook page for CNN’s Situation Room, readers like Steve Powell voiced their disappointment with the way the network unfairly attacks the president, even if the president does tend to go a bit overboard at times:
“Trump is pretty much out there, but it’s blatantly dishonest of CNN to have their anchor lead into his announcement by stating (with a smirk on her face) how bizarre it was, and then reinforcing that imagery by playing clips of him saying things completely out of context,” Powell wrote in his post. “I’m pretty sure we could make most of the CNN personalities look like unhinged lunatics if we were able to edit their commentary together in some haphazard fashion. He’s not my choice for president, but CNN really played yellow here.”
On Facebook, all the way from Lyon, France, Kipkemoi J. Kitur could not resist:
“Comedy at its best, Shakespeare would love to watch.”
But then Lynda Downs, who lives in Phoenix, offered this gentle slap on CNN’s wrist:
“CNN eeds to quit snickering supposed to be neutral I saw the speech in entirety it was good cnn just took snipits and made it look like a big joke”
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