Trump, who’s pretending he hasn’t left the White House for weeks despite going on a number of trips (including one to Iraq), went to New Orleans today to speak to the American Farm Bureau Federation. He regaled the audience of agricultural sector workers with a speech about… the border wall. You know, the one he shut the government down over and isn’t going to get.
Trump’s speech was his usual combination of equal parts prepared remarks, off-the-cuff riffing, and “?????” He misspoke a couple times and then tried to play it off.
Trump, slurring, misspeaks and accidentally says "Clintons," but pretends like he meant to do it all along pic.twitter.com/JCBKl3tRSw— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 14, 2019
LOLOL Trump misspeaks again, & again pretends he meant to do it.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 14, 2019
Alluding to the Louisiana purchase, Trump says, "Not only did we gain New Orleans, we doubled the size of the US. We secured new parts, & ports. New parts of the map & globe that we never thought. And new ports." pic.twitter.com/eF0KYo2fRZ
Today in "Fox News chyrons that are beyond parody" pic.twitter.com/1Xw6TnUQez— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 14, 2019
He also lied about how many undocumented immigrants show up for their post-release court date and then insulted the intelligence of those who do:
Fox News cuts away from Trump's speech after he rants about how undocumented immigrants who do show up to court hearings are "not smart." pic.twitter.com/RLwZTyRKNT— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 14, 2019
Probably not a great strategy to call law-abiding people stupid when you’re under investigation for obstruction of justice and flouting campaign finance law.
Outside the venue, protesters gathered to register their disgust with the president, who seems increasingly likely to be—at best—an unwitting Russian asset. The crowd chanted “Lock him up!” re-appropriating a MAGA favorite:
Protesters have made it to the convention center with chants of “Trump must go.”— Jeff Adelson (@jadelson) January 14, 2019
Note guillotine with “let them eat king cake” sign. pic.twitter.com/Uyh3VfIiP1
Of course, none of this seems to be getting through to Trump. Because his media diet consists solely of sycophantic Fox News and other ego-boosting fare, he seems to think he’s “winning” the shutdown battle.
In reality, his approval rating has been on a gradual slide since the shutdown started.
Trump approval rating continues on a slow but fairly linear decline since the shutdown began. If he's being told this is helping him politically, he's probably not getting good advice. https://t.co/j7XEedEnAf pic.twitter.com/UU3KpR7qjL— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) January 13, 2019
Also, most Americans blame him for the shutdown and don’t want the wall.
New Quinnipiac poll:— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) January 14, 2019
Who do you trust more on border security?
Dems in Congress 49
Trump 44 (lol)
Would you support funding border security *without* wall?
Support 61 (lol)
Who do you blame for shutdown?
And that big Oval Office speech claiming there’s a “crisis” at the southern border? It convinced a whopping 2% of Americans to change their mind:
Also from Quinnipiac:— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) January 14, 2019
Did Trump's recent televised address to the nation change your mind about building a wall along the border with Mexico, or not?
Yes: 2% (not a typo)
No: 89% pic.twitter.com/79n0rbtawR
The shutdown—now the longest in American history—seems like it’s going to drag on until Congressional Republicans decide to abandon Trump’s disastrous strategy.
h/t: Raw Story