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May 30, 2018

President Trump was in Tennessee on Tuesday to drum up support for Republicans in the midterm elections, telling the crowd the "worst thing that can happen" is Democrats gaining control of the House and Senate.

He warned his supporters that they can't become "complacent," adding, "to keep on winning, you have to vote Republican in November." Trump urged the crowd to vote for GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is running for Senate and expected to face off against former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) in the fall. Democrats, he said, are "bad at everything but they're good at sticking together."

Trump wasn't content with just stumping for Blackburn. Among other campaign staples, he trotted out one of his classic rally lines. "I don't want to cause a problem, but in the end, Mexico's gonna pay for the wall ... and they're going to enjoy it!" he said, referring to the unrealized wall along the southern border that he's been promising since 2015. Not so fast, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted. "NO," he said. "Mexico will NEVER pay for a wall. Not now, not ever. Sincerely, Mexico (all of us)." Catherine Garcia

March 11, 2018

President Trump stumped Saturday night for GOP congressional candidate Rick Saccone, who is running in a special election Tuesday. Trump praised Saccone as an "extraordinary person" who should "win easily," but most of the president's rambling campaign address focused on his own agenda, enemies, and entertainment value.

Trump spoke of his party's tax reform bill ("bigger than [Ronald] Reagan"), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) ("very low-IQ individual"), NBC's Chuck Todd ("sleeping son of a bitch"), and Oprah, whom he said he would "love to beat" in the 2020 election, though it would be "a painful experience for her." He praised himself for his forthcoming meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, and he praised Singapore for executing suspected drug dealers, adding that he would like to do the same.

Toward the end of his speech, Trump paused to note that his style is not very "presidential," arguing that his freewheeling approach is "much more effective." "If I came like a stiff, you guys wouldn't be here tonight," he said, launching into an impression of himself as a boring president who does boring things, like expressing respect for the military or saying "God bless you."

Watch the full address below. Trump's thoughts on executing drug dealers begin 49 minutes in, and his "presidential" bit starts just after the one-hour mark. Bonnie Kristian

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

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

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

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