Ladies and gentlemen, behold, the President of the United States.
- “I do think so…yeah, I think it can be considered an invasion.” 10/31/2018 interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, regarding whether the estimated 7,300 Central American migrants, a majority of which are women and children and all of which remain 900 miles from the border, constitute an invasion worthy of sending 15,000 American troops (more than are currently in Afghanistan) to the border before the election.
- “They are some dangerous people. These are some rough people. I mean you look at MS-13, they come from that area.” Also the 10/31/2018 interview with Karl, arguing that no one from Central America should be allowed entry to the United States because there’s a gang somewhere down there. Seriously.
- “I do try, and I always want to tell the truth. When I can, I tell the truth.” This interview with Jonathan Karl was such fertile ground for S*** the President Says. Here is President Trump treating the idea of truth-telling the way a deadbeat dad handles child support. “When I can.” “I try, and I always want to.” Quick reminder: Donald Trump is the Babe Ruth of lying. You could fill entire books with these lies, and people have. He does not try to tell the truth.
- “Since Election Day, we’ve created 4.5 million new jobs.” 11/3/2018 rally in Belgrade, MT. Notice that? Since Election Day? That’s Donald Trump taking credit for 639,000 jobs in the 3 months after Election Day 2016 when Obama was still President. Job growth slowed in 2017.
- “We ended the war on clean, beautiful coal, and we are putting…our coal miners. They’re all back to work, and they’re going back to work…nobody thought it would happen so fast, either.” It didn’t. Trump also said this at the 11/3/2018 Belgrade, MT rally. U.S. coal miners employed on 1/1/2012: 89,700. On 1/1/2017: 50,700. 10/1/2018: 52,600.
- “The Electoral College…is set up that (Democrats) should win.” Again from the 11/3/2018 Belgrade rally. If I were setting something up to guarantee a win for myself, getting 3 million more votes than my opponent and still losing seems like the worst possible way to do it. Think about that.
- “The people of Florida are going to elect Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis to protect jobs, defend your borders and continue making America great again.” 11/3/2018 rally in Pensacola, FL. Protect Florida’s borders?! From what, Alabama?
- (Quoting “the media”) “Why doesn’t he talk about the economy…when he’s got maybe the best numbers on the economy in the history of our country?” Also from 11/3/2018 Pensacola, FL rally. Trump’s are not the best economic numbers ever. To find job growth better than 2017, for example, we’d have to go all the way back to 2014, 2015, and 2016, each of which exceeded Trump’s first year. Also keep in mind the Republican tax cut of 2017 blew a $2 trillion hole in the national debt to juice an already good economy. I can’t say this enough: the Trump tax cuts aren’t dollars in your pocket; they’re a loan taken out in your name.
- “Democrats want to totally open borders.” 11/2/2018 rally in Indianapolis, IN. I challenge you, dear reader, to find me a Democrat anywhere in the country proposing totally open borders. Keep in mind this would entail removing about 900 miles of existing border fence at the Mexican border, eliminating the entire Border Patrol, and severely cutting Coast Guard operations.
- “We’re building the wall.” Also from the 11/2/2018 Indianapolis rally. Trump has been saying some version of this for almost a year now, and it’s never been true. There is no money budgeted for the wall. There will be none budgeted. And Mexico…Mexico is not going to pay for that f***ing wall.
Whew. Thanks for reading, remember to click the links to dig deeper into anything you might not have followed, and tune in next week. Because if there’s one thing we can be sure of in an uncertain world, it’s President Donald Trump saying 10 more insane things in the week ahead.