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The 14 Highlights From Trump’s Rally in Pennsylvania Last Night

Just days ahead of Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, President Trump traveled to Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

By NTK Staff | 03.11.2018 @9:45am
The 14 Highlights From Trump’s Rally in Pennsylvania Last Night

Just days ahead of Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, President Trump traveled to Moon Township, Pennsylvania to endorse the Republican in the race. In “full campaign mode,” here are some of the extraordinary highlights from Trump’s rally remarks.

1) Trump Endorses Saccone Ahead of Tuesday’s Special Election

The president delivered a full-throated endorsement of Republican Rick Saccone against Democrat Conor Lamb who has positioned himself to win on Tuesday. From The Associated Press:

The president lent his weight to Republican Rick Saccone in the final days of a surprisingly competitive special election outside Pittsburgh that could reverberate nationally ahead of the November midterm elections. “We need our Congressman Saccone,” Trump said, unabashedly framing the race as a tune-up for the GOP’s efforts to maintain its control of Capitol Hill. … “The people of Pittsburgh cannot be conned by this guy Lamb,” Trump said, dismissing Lamb’s efforts to run as a moderate Democrat. “He’s never going to vote for us. He can say, ‘I love President Trump.’ … I don’t want to meet him. I might like him.”

Here are some of his extended remarks at the end of the rally:

TRUMP: You’d have a little place, but I love the state, but I really feel strongly about Rick Saccone, and I know him. I feel strongly about him. He is an incredible guy. Number one — and I don’t know that this is important, but to me it is. He’s a very fine human being. He’s a good person. He’s really a good person. Rick, come up here. He’s a really good person. So, he’s a good person. I don’t know if that means — does that mean anything? He’s a very — he’s a very competent person. He’s a very hard worker. He knows things that many people don’t know. He understands North Korea maybe better than anybody. I spoke to him about North Korea. He was there for a long time, and I spoke to him about North Korea and I’m telling you, I learned things that all of these great geniuses, all of these great experts on North Korea did not tell me. This is a very extraordinary guy. We need him. We need Republicans. We need the votes. Otherwise, they’re going to take away your taxes, your tax cuts. They’re going to take away your Second Amendment rights. They are going to take away — you know, in the military, a big, big military place, we just got approved $700 billion. We have to rebuild our military. $700 billion. Far more than the other party. They will take that away, too. Our military was really depleted. But I just want to — I want you to know, I came tonight because this guy is special and beyond the vote, it’s very important. Remember this, the other opponent, his opponent is not voting for us. He can say all he wants. There is no way he is voting for us, ever. Ever. And could be nice to me and he is, but there is no way he’s ever voting for me. Rick is going to vote for us all the time, all the time.

2) Trump Defines the Democrat

Trump called out Saccone’s opponent, labeling Conor Lamb “Lamb the Sham” for adopting Republican positions. From RealClearPolitics:

Trump called Saccone’s Democratic opponent Conor Lamb ‘Lamb the Sham’ for acting like a Republican to get elected. “Conor Lamb, Lamb the Sham, right? Lamb the Sham,” Trump said. “He’s trying to act like a Republican so he can get [elected]. He won’t give me one vote.” “Look, I don’t know him. He looks like a nice guy. I hear he’s nice looking. I think I’m better looking than him. I do. I do. I do! And he’s slightly younger than me. Slightly. No, I heard that. He’s okay,” Trump said of Lamb.

3) Trump Unveils 2020 Slogan

It may be only 2018, but President Trump already has his 2020 slogan:

TRUMP: Our new slogan, when we start running in — can you believe it, two years from now, is going to be, “Keep America great exclamation point. Keep America great!

Here are his extended remarks:

TRUMP: You take a look at those numbers before we took over. They were heading down. The economy is the best it has ever been. Your coal — by the way folks, some of you who are in the coal world. Your coal is coming back. Big, big, big, big. Your steel is coming back. Your steel is coming back. We’ve created three million jobs since Election Day. Nobody thought that was possible. We passed the largest tax cuts and reform in American history. We’ve created more than 300,000 new jobs alone last month. But our new slogan, when we start running in — can you believe it, two years from now, is going to be Keep America great, exclamation point. Keep America great!

4) Trump Cuts Off North Korea Boos

Trump touted that only he could meet with North Korea’s dictator and possibly “make the greatest deal for the world.” From Time:

But fresh off a surprise announcement Thursday that he accepted an invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un, he stopped his crowd when they booed at mention of the North Korean dictator. “No, it’s very positive,” he said. “After the meeting you can do that, but now we have to be very nice.” He spoke of the potential historic meeting with North Korea for much of the first ten minutes of the speech, saying of his recent predecessors, “[Obama] would not have done it. And neither would Bush, and neither would Clinton. They had their shot, and all they did was nothing.” Trump said he believes North Korea “want[s] to make peace,” and depending on how things go when he meets Kim, “I may leave fast, or we may sit down and make the greatest deal for the world.”

Here are some of his extended remarks:

TRUMP: They announced he is not going to send missiles up any more until through the meetings. Well, think of that, you know, we were losing — we were getting a lot of missiles sent. I wouldn’t say Japan was thrilled with missiles flying over Japan. They are happy with what I’m doing. And who else could do it? I mean, honestly, when you think — they’re not going to send missiles up. Think of it? They’re not sending missiles up, and I believe that. I believe that. I really do. I think they want to do something. I think they want to make peace. I think it’s time, and I think we have shown great strength. I think that’s also important. They say, they want to stop the missiles. They want to denuclearize. They want to do all of these things, and all of these people are like they can’t believe it. It’s unbelievable.

5) Trump Touts Steel Tariffs

Trump touted his steel tariffs, calling them “my baby” and pointing out that “not all of our friends on Wall Street love it.” From The Associated Press:

He also made sure the workers in this industrial-heavy region see the new steel tariffs as “my baby,” even as Lamb and Saccone have endorsed the move. Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District has an estimated 17,000 steelworkers and almost 90,000 voters from union households. “Not all of our friends on Wall Street love it, but we love it,” Trump said of the tariffs. He added that Lamb’s party leadership opposes his protectionist policy.

6) Trump Talks Tax Reform

As Republicans have been urging in all their races ahead of the 2018 midterms, President Trump talked up tax reform and his ability as “a nonpolitician” to pass it. From The Hill:

Trump celebrated passing tax reform and his tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, and pledged to continue work building a border wall with Mexico. “The tax bill was so massive, bigger than [Ronald] Reagan, biggest one done,” Trump said. It is so big, he added, that “we are calling it tax reform” instead of a tax cut. “This is where a nonpolitician is good. For 40 years they couldn’t pass anything,” Trump said.

7) Trump Airs Idea of Death Penalty for Drug Deals

As reported earlier this month, President Trump has talked at times about implementing a death penalty for drug dealers with the ongoing opioid crisis in the country. Last night, he talked about that publicly. From NBC News:

At one point, Trump said that when he visited China he was told that the country imposes the death penalty for drug dealers, and he spoke favorably of other countries’ tough penalties, including life in prison and he mentioned Singapore. Trump claimed that sentences in the United States are too light considering the deaths that drugs can cause, and said “I don’t think we should play games.” “These people are killing our kids and they’re killing our families, and we have to do something,” Trump said. Trump also mentioned the opioid crisis, and said “we have to go after the drug companies. We have to. We have no choice.” “I think it’s a discussion we have to start thinking about,” Trump said.

8)Trump Talks About “War” in the United States

President Trump has long talked about the dangers of MS-13 in American cities. Last night, he labeled it “a war” to “liberate” towns and citites:

TRUMP: And places that I know so well are loaded up with MS-13 where your daughter walks home. And they don’t use guns. You know, we saw the guns, the NRA happens to be very good people by the way, they want to do the right thing, but they don’t use guns. They don’t use guns. They like to use knives and other things because it’s much more painful, it’s much slower, it’s much — these are animals. And we send these guys out and we liberate those towns. We liberate them. Hillary wouldn’t have liberated those towns. We liberate towns and the people are cheering. It’s like a war. It’s like, if you got liberated as a country. Can you imagine, this is taking place in our country? It’s crazy. So, we are doing a great, great job. We are loving it. We are making tremendous progress.

9) Trump Targets “Pocahontas” While Talking Cable Ratings

During the rally, Trump again called Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “Pocahontas,” while touting his own ability to drive ratings:

TRUMP: If I don’t win the election, their ratings are going to go so far down, they are going to be out of business, every one of them. Can you imagine covering Bernie or Pocahontas? Pocahontas? How about that. Pocahontas. Can you imagine these guys, some of them are actually smiling, but some of them just can’t stand it, honestly. Some of them, they can’t take it. Can you imagine having to cover Elizabeth Warren for four years?

10) Trump Calls NBC’s Chuck Todd a “Son of a Bitch”

Trump went off on NBC’s Chuck Todd who hosts “Meet the Press” calling him a “sleepy son of a bitch”:

TRUMP: It’s 1999. I’m on “Meet the Press,” a show now headed by “Sleepy eyes Chuck Todd.” He’s a sleepy son of a bitch, I’ll tell you. And they showed it this morning — 1999, and I’m talking about North Korea.

11) Trump Knows Something About Oprah

Trump unleashed on Oprah saying “I know her weakness” but didn’t say much more:

TRUMP: I’d love Oprah to win. I’d love to beat Oprah. I know her weakness. No, no. I know her weakness. I know her — you know, I know very well. I was on her last show or one of the last — I guess, the last week. She had Donald Trump and Donald Trump’s family. My, my, my we have come down a long way, haven’t we? I’m now President and probably, you know, but think of it, I know her weakness. Wouldn’t we love to run against Oprah? I would love it. I would love it. That would be a painful experience for her.

12) Trump Goes Off on Maxine Waters and Peggy Noonan

Trump went off on Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) calling her “a very low IQ individual”:

TRUMP: Maxine Waters is a very low IQ individual. Do you ever see her? Have you ever seen her? We will impeach him. We will impeach the President — but he hasn’t done anything wrong? It doesn’t matter, we will impeach him. She is a low IQ individual. You can’t help it. She really is.

It was also clear that the president did not appreciate Peggy Noonan’s recent column in The Wall Street Journal:

TRUMP: But thousands were turned away, and I read one woman in the “Wall Street Journal” today. Nice woman, I like her actually, Peggy Noonan and she wrote an article about me. And you know, I went to the Wharton School of Finance — nice students, they very smart. You know, high-living school. Great — the best business school, I think. It’s one of the hardest schools that even in my day, I mean, I went to the Wharton School, I did great, and then you get to read how — like, “Is Trump a good speaker?” She’s talking about — “He uses a language that.” You know how easy, I remember I used say how easy it is to be a presidential, but you know, I’ll be out of here right now. But, you’d be so bored because I could stand up, right? I’m very presidential. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here tonight. Rick Saccone will be a great, great Congressman. He will help me have much. He’s a fine man and Yong is a wonderful wife. I just want to tell you on behalf of the United States of America that we appreciate your service. We appreciate your service. And to all of the military out there, we respect you very much. Thank you. Thank you. And then you go, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much. See, that’s easy. That’s much easier than doing what I have to do, because — but this is much more effective. Don’t forget, this got us elected. If I came like a stiff, you guys wouldn’t be here tonight. So, I’m reading Peggy Noonan, and she’s a nice woman. I like her. She doesn’t like me much, but — and she is writing like I’m some kind of a Neanderthal. And I’m saying, you know, I am really smart. You know, it’s funny they always talk — they always talk about how they are telling us, they said we couldn’t get elected. I say we, because you guys came from areas some of you had never voted before, but you love the country. You never voted before, but you love the country.

13) Trump Sheds Light on Contentious Mexico Call

After reports that Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto had a testy phone call in February, the president shed light on some of the details for the first time in public. From Reuters:

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he rejected a demand from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto that Trump say Mexico would not have to pay for a proposed U.S. border wall. At a campaign rally in western Pennsylvania for a Republican congressional candidate, Trump gave some details of a testy phone call he had last month with Pena Nieto that led to the postponement of plans for the Mexican leader’s first visit to the White House. Trump brought up the issue when the crowd started chanting “Build that Wall.” Trump called Pena Nieto a “really nice guy” who made his request respectfully. “He said, ‘Mr. President, I would like you to make a statement that Mexico will not pay for the wall,’” Trump said. “I said, ‘Are you crazy? I am not making that statement,’” Trump said he replied. When Pena Nieto said yes, Trump said he told him, “Bye, bye. There is no way I’m making that deal.”

14) Trump Says He Was Joking About “President for Life”

President Trump drew scorn from the media for his comments about the Chinese removing term limits for their president. Last night, he said he was simply “joking”:

TRUMP: I was joking and I said, “Ha, President for life. That sounds good. Maybe we’re going to have to try it.” President for life. But I’m joking. But I’m joking, and they knew I was. Everybody in there was laughing. Everybody is having a great time. I am joking about being President for life. A couple of them went back, Donald Trump with his dictatorial attitude now wants to be President for life. You know it’s straight. Fake news.

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