What Trump Said Tonight in Wisconsin

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump blows a kiss to supporters following a campaign rally in Akron

Here is what he said at his rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin:

We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony. We can do it. We can do it. We can do it. It will happen. More broadly, there’s much we can do to bring our nation together. For example, those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective. Have to do that. The language of moral condemnation and destructive routine, these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop. No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains, which is done often. It’s done all the time. Got to stop. We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property….”

And these were prepared remarks.

And then, on the day that a bomb was sent to the CNN officer in New York, Trump says:

As part of a larger national effort to bridge our divides and bring people together, the media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories. Have to do it. They’ve got to stop….

We need to get rid of this guy.  He is bad for America.  Vote in 2018.  Vote in 2020.

11 thoughts on “What Trump Said Tonight in Wisconsin

  1. For something a bit off the subject:
    This past Shabbat I was in the congregation. As we read the prayers from the siddur, the phone vibrated in my pocket. Thinking it might be my wife texting from Israel, I checked, only to find out about the horror in Pittsburgh. The President seemed to have two reactions to this, something I found disturbing. At first he railed against the perpetrator. The next day (I believe) he seemed to blame this kind of violence on the liberal “fake news” mill, his longtime nemesis. Funny, I can’t recall hearing or reading any repugnant anti-Jewish remarks from a left-leaning news source.
    I do, however, notice such remarks from alt-right sources or even guys like Minister Louis Farrakhan.
    Whether or not Ann Coulter’s “f*cking Jews” remark was a simple example of carelessly thrown out expletive or whether it reflected deep-seated rage we saw in Charlottesville, I do not know. For Mr. Trump to attribute, even in part, the anger and hatred expressed last Saturday morning in Pittsburgh,
    it makes me wonder whether he can even read. I’ll bet when we learn more about this perpetrator, we’ll find him to be an admirer of alt-right philosophy. Who knows; he might even be a Trump worshipper. Trump can’t stand criticism; that’s the impetus behind his whole lügenpresse mentality. Sure, all news is biased. But for him to charge liberal news for this heinous crime makes him look, well, like a schmuck. I fear he’s an enabler for guys like this Pittsburgh killer.
    He’s harder on NFL players who kneel than he is on guys like Richard Spencer and those of his ilk. If he wants me to believe that he truly hurts and is outraged by this event and others like it, he’ll have to prove he has a soul.


  2. John: what precisely is your argument here? You appear to be insinuating — like most of the Democrats with bylines (Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds) in the media — that Trump’s attacks on the press are the reason this bomb was sent to CNN.

    Do you have a single fact to support that causal link?

    Did you post something on your blog blaming D’s and avowed socialists for their rhetoric when Bernie Bro James Hodgkinson tried to murder R Congressmen during a softball game? Do you claim that the unhinged rhetoric of Maxine Waters, Eric Holder and numerous progressive journalists on Twitter, calling for people to get in the faces of R’s, harass them at their homes, and in restaurants, and wherever they can be found, was the reason that ricin-laced mail was sent to Mattis, Richardson and Trump? Oh, and Susan Collins?

    I get that you detest Trump, but positing a connection between his rhetoric (frankly, I’m not even sure what you object to about either of the above statements) and this bomb, absent any facts, while assiduously ignoring the assassination chic, hysteria and general thuggery being promoted by the Left pretty much since his election, is irresponsible. Leave that stuff to CNN.


    • “And then, on the day that a bomb was sent to the CNN officer in New York, Trump says:

      As part of a larger national effort to bridge our divides and bring people together, the media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories. Have to do it. They’ve got to stop….”

      Seems to me Dr. Fea took issue with Trump practically insinuating that CNN has it coming.


    • 1. I am not insinuating Trump’s rhetoric causes the bombs, but I am suggesting it is possible.
      2. I am suggesting on a day that people from the press may have been killed from a bomb that Trump excoriates the press in a rally. How can one not notice a connection here.
      3. Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, and others are not the President of the United States. If they were, I would be calling them out as well. This is the problem with your “whataboutism.” None of these people–Hillary, Waters, Holder, etc. are President of the United States.


      • 1. Anything is possible. I will respectfully suggest that implying that connection, absent a single fact about who did this, their motive, their affiliations, their mental state, or whether the bomber was even aware of Trump’s rhetoric, is the kind of totally unfounded speculation that one should avoid.
        2. I agree that it would have been better for Trump to simply say: political violence is never justified, these were terrible acts, full stop. In general, I have zero problem with Trump excoriating the press, which has disgraced itself with its brazen, 24/7 cheer leading for Team Resistance. Most of these people long ago abandoned any pretense to being neutral journalists. Their loathing of him is palpable.
        3. I find it curious that your threshold for decrying incendiary language and inducements to intimidation and violence begins and ends with the President. I’ll agree he has the biggest megaphone, but we cannot have a serious conversation about a breakdown in civility, and the dangers of hateful political rhetoric metastasizing into violent acts, while excluding what the leadership of the D party has been avidly promoting for the last two years.


      • One final point: just this week, the NYT — self appointed arbiter of situational political civility, constantly wringing its hands about Trump’s hateful rhetoric — published a series of (but of course) Mueller/Russia-themed stories from top spy/crime novelists. Sort of a “How Does It All End” essay contest. One of the submissions, by Zoe Sharp, concluded with one of Trump’s secret service agents handing a gun to a Russian assassin — who had missed in his first attempt to kill the President — to help him finish the job.

        Assassination chic, ain’t it grand? But these same people, the standard-bearers of journalistic integrity, want to sternly lecture about Trump’s mean tweeting.

        Nobody’s listening.


  3. I believe what the president means by “coming together” is for the people to move onto his side, and the media to lay off if him.
    I remember every President going back to Eisenhower, and have read a fair amount of US history and no president has said as much on a daily basis that is outrageous, disconnected from reality, or lacking in empathy for any human except himself.
    No president has so misunderstood the basic functions of the three branches of government or of various agencies of the government.
    No president has so misunderstood the purpose and necessity of a free press.
    He may not be the only president with a middle school level grasp of American history, but others would know what they don’t know at least.
    I could go and on about his shortcomings.
    He is responsible for the vast majority of his negative press. A leader can’t say and do the outrageous things he does daily and not have it appear in print and other media.
    As for me, I never paid serious attention to Trump before 2016 because I knew he is a person of no real substance, who really found his place in the so called reality TV world. What disturbs me isn’t that a person like Donald Trump exists. It’s the sad fact that him being elevated to the presidency and continuing to be so supported by so many is proof that there are more than one born every minute.
    What it reveals about that many Americans is literally scary.


    • Dear Jeff,
      I have to differ with you that Trump’s daily statements are “…disconnected from reality…”. To the contrary, most of what he says are statements which honestly say that the emperors of the media and much of the country are indeed wearing no clothes. Do national borders matter? Should our NATO allies pay their fair share? Did Angie Merkel cut an unhealthy natural gas deal with Vladimir Putin? Was Red China behaving unfairly toward us in trade? Was Canada? Are certain types of sexual perversions to be encouraged? Is the major media peopled almost entirely by partisan Democrats? Has political correctness gone too far? Should the U.S. cede its sovereignty to international bureaucrats? Have transnational corporations gotten too much power? I could continue my list but the point is that Trump’s statements on these matters are hardly disconnected from reality. You might not agree with his proposed remedies but that does not argue against the reality of the issues.
      Personally, I wouldn’t use some of the language the president uses, but I find his fighting spirit refreshing. For far too long Republicans attempted to curry favor with the masters of the major media. The Bushes, Mitt, John McCain, and others fallaciously thought that they might win these coastal elites to their corner. It never happened and it never will. Trump was astute enough to not lay down and let them pound him and they are still attempting to find their footing. I love watching them bob, weave, and reel at the hands of a president who will not play by their game rules. “We can hit you, but you cannot hit us.” Reflexively they hide behind the “free press” canard when someone calls them out for their bias and dishonesty. Theirs is a risible defensive tactic.


      • Yup, borders matter. Finally Trump arrives and the idea of having borders, or at least a southern border, takes root. Never would of had borders otherwise.
        I don’t know all the ins and outs of the German gas line from Russia deal any more than I do the US oil line from Canada deal. But speaking of sovereignty, Germany is a sovereign country. Got a lot of smart folks there and I bet they made s deal they believe benefits them. I don’t know it’s a bad deal because Trump says so.
        His characterization of the folks moving up through Mexico is significantly off. If we are threatened by that crowd we better pray no hostile nation ever lands in Mexico with ten thousand soldiers armed with pea shooters and heads north or we are done for. These caravans have organized many times. They need to be met and individuals processed or turned back. Trump is making this hoopla for his base to get worked up and turn out November 6.
        It’s not reality that there is anything admirable in a man attacking another who has no reason to expect a physical assault. But this President thinks so.
        I have watched Trump speak at rallies, in Helsinki, at the UN, in the White House, in Singapore and other places. It’s right out there to see. He piles up negatives right before my eyes. The press is not involved in that.


    • Jeff,
      If you would like to do so, we can discuss the merits of borders, international gas pipelines, migrant invasions, etc. in another forum assuming John Fea wants to start a new discussion thread. The main point of my initial posting to you was, however, was this: You stated that Trump was “…disconnected from reality…” and that is simply not the case. The very fact that we and many others are seriously discussing these matters daily draws a sure compnnection to “reality.” I suppose that all of us occasionally like to indulge in flights of fantasy, but Trump’s major public policy concerns are far from that.


  4. I agree with Trump’s assessment of the destructive media. The people at several of the networks and large portions of the print media are obsessed with the president and have not been able to contain their venom ever since the 2016 election. I have never seen anything like it and I can remember every president dating back to Dwight Eisenhower. The attitudes in the major media border on mental disorder.


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