September 23, 2017

President Trump spoke Friday night at a primary campaign rally in Alabama for Sen. Luther Strange (R), who is in a runoff to retain the seat to which he was appointed after it was vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump endorsed Strange while publicly worrying about damage to his own image should his candidate lose Tuesday's vote. "I'll be honest, might have made a mistake," Trump mused, adding that he will support Strange's opponent, Judge Roy Moore, should he win.

Trump used the occasion to slam Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for his "terrible, honestly terrible" role in defeating the latest GOP health-care proposal, and to mention his much-promised border wall, which in this latest telling will be see-through, will only cover part of the border, and will keep drugs out of America. "You don't need [the wall] all the way," Trump said, promising to build "as much wall as we need."

The president also reused his "Rocket Man" nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom Trump said "should have been handled a long time ago" by former President Bill Clinton. "This shouldn't be handled now," Trump continued. "But I'm going to handle it because we have to handle it. Little Rocket Man. We're going to do it. Because we really have no choice."

Watch Trump's speech in its entirety below. Bonnie Kristian

November 5, 2016

At one of his final pre-election appearances in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday, Republican Donald Trump brought a baby on stage and declared the child a "future construction worker" and an "early Trump fan."

"Look at this baby," he said after holding the baby aloft, Lion King-style. "They did a great job, wow. That is a great, beautiful baby, congratulations."

At the same rally, Trump announced he loves signs that say "Blacks for Trump," and complained that rapper Jay-Z used foul language during his Get-Out-the-Vote concert with wife Beyoncé for Hillary Clinton Friday evening. "He used language last night that was so bad, and then Hillary said, 'I did not like Donald Trump's lewd language,'" Trump said. "My lewd language. I'll tell you what, I’ve never said what [Jay] said in my life."

On the policy front, Trump promised to "cancel billions in global warming payments to the United Nations and use that money to invest in America," particularly Florida. Bonnie Kristian

October 22, 2016

Republican Donald Trump gave a wide-ranging speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday outlining his plans for his first 100 days in office if elected president. Touted by his staff in advance of the event as a "very specific, detailed vision" for "economic and physical security," the speech largely took a list format as Trump outlined legislation and executive policies he intends to implement.

Among other points, he offered six proposals for cleaning up Washington corruption, seven ways to protect American workers, and five actions to restore rule of law. Trump promised to end outsourcing with tariffs and other "consequences" to ensure "our companies will stop leaving the United States and going to other countries."

He reiterated his intention to build a border wall at Mexico's expense, and described legislation to reduce violent crime, eliminate the defense sequester, expand military spending, increase health care options for veterans, and screen would-be immigrants and refugees because "we want people that can love us."

If Trump is elected and "we follow these steps," he concluded, "we will once more have a government of, by, and for the people, and — importantly — we will make America great again." Watch the full speech below. Bonnie Kristian

October 15, 2016

Republican Donald Trump was up and tweeting Saturday morning, arguing allegations of sexual assault from a growing tally of women are underhanded campaign ploys to ensure he is not president. He blamed the media and Hillary Clinton for a "rigged" election and said Clinton should be in jail.

Trump previously developed the conspiracy theme Friday, suggesting the accusations are a plot organized by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. Bonnie Kristian

October 2, 2016
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Donald Trump was supposed to give a nine-sentence critique of Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania Saturday night, but since this is Donald Trump, he gave a 25-minute rant instead. In it, Trump explained how his masterful rhetorical skill has ruined a classic date night tradition for Americans everywhere.

"Right now, you say to your wife: 'Let's go to a movie after Trump,'" he said. "But you won't do that because you'll be so high and so excited that no movie is going to satisfy you. Okay? No movie. You know why? Honestly? Because they don't make movies like they used to — is that right?"

Inevitably, this mention of the entertainment industry provided Trump the seamless transition he needed to bring up his own background as a reality TV star, a prize accomplishment he was willing to lay aside for the greater good. "Oh, I could be doing The Apprentice right now," Trump mused. "I loved it — 14 seasons. How good was that? Tremendous success. They wanted to extend — I could be doing The Apprentice now. Somehow I think this is a little bit more important. Do we agree? Just a little bit?"

Among Trump's other topics for the evening — no doubt chosen by that same impulse of selflessness — were Brexit, Bernie Sanders, the media, monitoring "certain areas" for election fraud, and whether Clinton is faithful to her husband. Bonnie Kristian

September 17, 2016
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Should he be elected president, Donald Trump will not feel obliged to maintain the thaw in United States-Cuba relations brokered by the Obama White House, the Republican nominee said Friday evening.

"[A]ll of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done with executive order, which means the next president can reverse them. And that is what I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands," he said, namely, "religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners." The latter demand was not included in Trump's prepared speech and was a major request he apparently added in the moment.

Trump's comments were made while he was speaking in Miami, which has a large Cuban population thanks to its proximity to the communist island nation. Bonnie Kristian

September 3, 2016
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Republican Donald Trump visited Detroit, Michigan, a majority-black city, on Saturday to bolster his minority outreach efforts. While there, he visited an African-American church, where he did an interview with the church's pastor (who is also a media personality) and gave a brief, scripted speech at a service in which he declared his desire to learn from black Americans:

"Our nation is too divided," said Trump, who spoke in a measured tone. "We talk past each other and not to each other. And those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what's going on. I'm here today to learn, so that we can together remedy injustice in any form, and so that we can also remedy economics so that the African-American community can benefit economically through jobs and income and so many other different ways."

"I believe we need a civil rights agenda for our time," added Trump, whose remarks were warmly received by the congregation. [Click on Detroit]

Trump's visit was met with angry protesters who chanted, "What do you have to lose? ... Everything," referencing Trump's recent comment that black voters should take a chance on him because they have nothing to lose. Trump's support among black voters nationally is in the single digits. Bonnie Kristian

September 3, 2016
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Republican Donald Trump will visit Detroit, Michigan, a majority-black city, as part of his ongoing minority outreach efforts Saturday. Trump is scheduled to visit a church and tour some city neighborhoods while accompanied by Ben Carson, the African-American doctor who was Trump's rival in the GOP primaries and is himself a Detroit native.

The nominee will also do an interview with the church's pastor and media personality, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, who characterized the candidate's intentions as a response to widespread criticism "for preaching to African-Americans from a backdrop of white people."

Other Detroit clergy are planning a silent protest outside Jackson's church, and Trump's plan has been met with mixed responses from Detroit locals. "You don't invite the devil into your house," said one woman, Donna Lewis, to The Associated Press. "He's a racist. He can't help nobody. I don't think he has enough ability to run the country." Trump's support among black voters nationally is in the single digits. Bonnie Kristian

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