64 really exceptional traces from Donald Trump’s otherworldly post-election information convention


Trump appeared completely unconcerned along with his occasion’s lack of one of many chambers of Congress — as an alternative he centered on studying out the names of Republican Home members who refused to embrace him (and misplaced) and sparring with reporters. I went by the transcript of the entire thing and pulled out the most effective traces. They’re under.

1. “It was a giant day yesterday. Unimaginable day.”

2. “The media protection set a brand new file and a brand new customary.”

He does not imply this as a praise. Additionally, a brand new file for what? Negativity? How is that even quantifiable?

3. “This vigorous campaigning stopped the blue wave they talked about.”

Democrats gained management of the Home. And are likely to gain more than 30 seats. I do not know the way we outline a “wave,” however I are likely to assume a 30+ seat achieve that flips management of the Home would meet most individuals’s standards.

4. “This election marks the biggest Senate beneficial properties for a president’s occasion in a primary midterm election since at the very least President Kennedy’s in 1962.”

Appropriate! Democrats gained three seats in Kennedy’s first midterm election, the identical quantity Trump looks on track to have gained. Republicans gained two Senate seats in 1970 in Richard Nixon’s first midterm and one seat in George W. Bush’s 2002 midterm.

5. “We additionally had a slew of historic wins within the governors’ races — the governors’ races had been unbelievable — towards very well-funded, proficient and expert Democrat candidates, and those that labored very, very laborious — respectfully — for these candidates, like Oprah Winfrey, who I like.”

That sentence took a flip on the finish there, no? Why did Trump point out Oprah? As a result of she campaigned with Stacey Abrams in Georgia?

6. “By increasing our Senate majority, the voters have additionally clearly rebuked the Senate Democrats for his or her dealing with of the Kavanaugh hearings — that was an element, I believe possibly a really massive issue, the way in which that was dealt with.”

It may need been an element however, at the very least according to the exit polls, not in the way in which Trump is suggesting. Forty three % of individuals mentioned they supported Kavanaugh’s affirmation to the Supreme Court docket whereas 47% opposed it. Now, amongst those that supported the Kavanaugh affirmation, 87% voted for Republicans for the Home. So, Trump might be proper that Kavanaugh fired up the GOP base. However he isn’t proper to say that voters “clearly rebuked” Senate Democrats for voting towards Kavanaugh. (All except Joe Manchin, of course.)

7. “You had some that determined to, ‘Let’s keep away. Let’s keep away.’ They did very poorly. I am unsure that I needs to be pleased or unhappy, however I really feel simply nice about it.”

Thus begins the throw-Republican-members-who-refused-to-embrace-Trump-under-the-bus portion of the President’s remarks.

8. “However Mia Love gave me no love. And he or she misplaced. Too dangerous. Sorry about that, Mia.”

[narrator voice] He isn’t sorry in any respect.

9. “I believe she might have gained that race, however she did not need to have any embrace.”

Trump is speaking about soon-to-be former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) right here. And, no, Comstock wouldn’t have gained by welcoming the “embrace” of Trump. She would have almost certainly lost by more.

10. “Peter Roskam did not need the embrace. Erik Paulsen did not need the embrace.”

“The embrace.” It is a factor.

11. “We have had large help, and large help within the Republican Social gathering, among the many greatest help within the historical past of the occasion. I’ve truly heard at 93%, it is a file, however I will not say that, as a result of who is aware of?”

That is the essence of Trump’s verbal gymnastics. He floats the thought, then he affirms the thought, then he says that different folks say it however he would not actually know. What a world.

12. “Hopefully, we will all work collectively subsequent 12 months to proceed delivering for the American folks, together with on financial development, infrastructure, commerce, reducing the price of prescribed drugs.”

Trump right here affords a least a rhetorical olive department to Democrats. And he is proper that on infrastructure and reducing prescription drug prices, he and Democrats might effectively discover widespread objective.

13. “, I hold listening to about investigations, fatigue, like from the time — nearly from the time I introduced I used to be going to run, they have been giving us this investigation fatigue. Been a very long time, they have nothing, zero. why? Trigger there’s nothing.”

Wait, who’s the “they” right here? Democrats? If Trump is speaking concerning the Russia investigation, that runs by his Justice Division. And the probe is being run by Robert Mueller, a Republican. So….

14. “However they will play that sport, however we will play it higher, as a result of we now have a factor referred to as america Senate, and plenty of very questionable issues had been executed, between leaks of labeled info and lots of different parts that ought to not have taken place.”

Sure, this can be a menace, geared toward Democrats in the event that they step up their oversight role of Trump’s White Home after profitable the Home. Straight out.

15. “So we will have a look at us, they will have a look at us, then we will have a look at them and it will travel. And it will most likely be excellent for me politically. I might see it being extraordinarily good politically, as a result of I believe I am higher at that sport than they’re truly.”

He mentioned the quiet half out loud.

16.”You’ll be able to’t do them concurrently, by the way in which. Simply assume, if any individual mentioned ‘Oh, you are able to do them,’ no you possibly can’t. Trigger in the event that they’re doing that, we’re not doing the opposite, simply so that you perceive.”

I actually and really do not perceive.

17. “We wish crystal clear water, we would like stunning excellent air. Air and water must be excellent.”

Excellent air is the most effective air. Many individuals are saying that.

18. “So environmental is essential to me.”

Environmental. So necessary.

19. “I converse to Democrats on a regular basis. They agree {that a} wall is important. A wall is important.”

I’ve a VERY laborious time believing that Democrats inform Trump that the southern border wall is important.

20. “We’re constructing the wall. We have began.”

Tuesday night time ends the wall-building till at the very least after the 2020 election. There’s a 0% likelihood Home Democrats will again vital federal spending on a border wall.

21. “I would relatively reply that at a little bit bit completely different time.”

This was Trump’s reply on whether or not he would hearth Jeff Periods as lawyer normal. Information emerged later that day that Sessions was fired — by chief of workers John Kelly — one thing Trump probably knew as he was talking to media.

22. “As I’ve advised you, they’re beneath audit. They’ve been for a very long time. They’re extraordinarily advanced. Individuals would not perceive them.”

To sum up, these are Trump’s causes for not releasing his tax returns: a) they’re beneath audit and b) they’re too advanced for any regular particular person to know. On the primary motive, nothing bars somebody from releasing tax returns beneath audit. On the second, possibly he ought to belief the American public’s intelligence a little bit extra?

23. “They’re executed by — among the many greatest and finest legislation corporations within the nation. Similar factor with the accounting corporations, the accountants are a really, very giant, highly effective agency from the standpoint of respect.”

To which I ask: Why is it germane to the query of whether or not or not the President will launch his tax returns that they’re dealt with by “a really, very giant, highly effective agency”?

24. “However it’s massive, and it is advanced and it is most likely feet-high. It is a very advanced instrument. And I believe that individuals would not perceive it.”

So, Donald Trump is saying his taxes are a really sophisticated, feet-high instrument. Additionally, massive. Okey dokey!

25. “No person turns over a return when it is beneath audit.”

Besides that Richard Nixon did exactly that in 1973.

26. “And I believe I do know extra — and I believe I do know greater than they know.”

What’s Trump speaking about right here? Does it actually even matter?

27. “I am not involved about something with the Russia investigation as a result of it is a hoax.”

[narrator voice] That is not true.

28. “You are a really impolite particular person. The way in which you deal with Sarah Huckabee is horrible and the way in which you deal with different individuals are horrible. You should not deal with those that method.”

That is Donald Trump speaking to my CNN colleague Jim Acosta. And, sure, it’s wealthy that President Trump is decrying someone for being rude or for allegedly treating people badly.

29.” You are not — you are not the most effective.”

Simply the President of america telling NBC White Home reporter Peter Alexander he isn’t nice. Completely regular stuff!

30. “Once you report pretend information — which CNN does lots — you’re the enemy of the folks.”

ALWAYS keep in mind this: When Trump says “pretend information,” you need to hear it as, “information that is not good for me.” Which, after all, doesn’t make it fake.

31. “We gained plenty of elections final night time, we did very effectively final night time, and I believe it may have a really optimistic influence.”

That is Trump’s response to a query about whether or not he was dividing the nation along with his rhetoric. And sure, his reply is senseless. Until you think about that, to him, profitable is every part — and justifies all issues.

32. “This can be a investigation the place many, many tens of millions of {dollars} has been spent, and there is not any collusion. It was imagined to be on collusion. There is not any collusion. And I believe it is — I believe it’s extremely dangerous for our nation, I’ll let you know. I believe it is a disgrace.”

Hours after giving this reply, Trump fired Periods and named Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general. Whitaker, who has been overtly important of Mueller’s investigation previously, is now anticipated to supervise the probe. Which all makes excellent sense.

33. “Sit down. I did not name you. I did not name you. I did not name you.”

During which the President of america tells American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan to sit down down. (Ryan can also be a CNN contributor.)

34. “I do not perceive what you are saying. What?”

That is Donald Trump telling Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, the Washington correspondent for Al Arabiya TV, that he cannot perceive what she is saying.

35. “Properly, I believe the outcomes that I’ve discovered — and possibly verify — I believe folks like me. I believe folks just like the job I am doing, frankly.”

Democrats gained management of the Home.

36. “I might hearth everyone proper now.”

Donald Trump on the Russia investigation — simply hours earlier than he knowledgeable the world, by way of tweet, that he had fired the lawyer normal. Not ominous in any respect!

37. “I keep away from it. However you understand what I do? I let it simply go on. They’re losing some huge cash, however I let it go on, as a result of I do not need to try this. However you are proper; I might finish it proper now. I might say, ‘That investigation is over.'”

He actually could not. However like I mentioned, under no circumstances ominous!

38. “It is — it is actually — it is a shame, frankly. And it is a humiliation to our nation. It is a humiliation to the folks of our nation. And it is too dangerous.”

To be clear: Donald Trump is speaking a couple of particular counsel probe being run out of the Justice Division that’s making an attempt to unravel an energetic measures marketing campaign by Russia to intrude within the 2016 election.

39. “Simply going to push. I have been pushing. I’ve executed an excellent job, too. They’re very proud of me.”

That is Trump’s reply on how he plans to make good on his pledge as a candidate to be a anti-abortion president. Sure, actually.

40. “And we now have been working very laborious on China and Russia and everyone else wanting into our elections or meddling with our elections.”

This immediately contradicts Trump’s repeated undermining of the investigation into Russian interference within the 2016 election. Straight.

41. “I truly had an excellent assembly in Russia that you just folks did not agree with, however that is OK, it would not a lot matter clearly”

In that assembly, Trump mentioned that each America and Russia were to blame for any alleged Russian interference within the 2016 election. In doing so, he sided with Russian president Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence community.

42. “That was President Obama’s regime. That was throughout President Obama, proper? That — that was not throughout me.”

Trump appears right here to not be prepared to acknowledge that Putin annexed Crimea, not Obama. Sure, it occurred whereas Obama was president. However that is concerning the extent of the position Obama performed in all of it.

43. “To be trustworthy — I will be trustworthy, I believed it was a — I believed it was a really shut to finish victory.”

Democrats gained management of the Home.

44. “However in case you have a look at it from the standpoint of gridlock, I actually imagine there’s going to be a lot much less gridlock due to the way in which that is going, than some other method”

[nods head slowly but steadily]

45. “I am shocked at lots of people. They begin off, they’re younger folks, they’re there for 2 years, they usually’re previous by the point they go away.”

More true phrases have by no means been uttered.

46. “I imply, we now have many individuals lined up for each single place. Any place — everyone needs to work on this White Home.”

This isn’t true. The White House struggled for months to fill the communications director job as a result of nobody at that stage throughout the GOP needed the job. Trump ultimately employed former Fox Information govt Invoice Shine for the place.

47. ” I might like to see unity and peace and love and some other phrase you need to use.”

“What’s so humorous about peace, love and understanding?” — Elvis Costello

48. “Nothing surprises me in politics.”


49. “I would be excellent at a low tone.”

Yup. Low tone. One of the best.

50- 51. “I might like to do very — very even-toned.”

“I might like to have a really even, modest, boring tone. I might be very honored by that.”

An incredible couplet. Shakespearean, nearly.

52. “I — I do not — I actually do not perceive you.”

The President of america to a Japanese reporter.

53. “I believe I’m an excellent ethical chief and I like our nation.”

And humble, in addition!

54. “Now, what’s dangerous for them is being within the majority, I am simply going responsible them. You perceive, I will blame them. They’re the bulk. Actually, it makes it a lot easier for me.”

He mentioned the quiet half out loud. Once more.

55. “I — look, now that the election’s over, the election’s over. Now everyone is in love.”

No phrases.

56. ” what, once you get bored, would you please inform me? Critically. Inform me.”

This can be a deep perception into Trump. He needs to ensure he’s nonetheless entertaining reporters. As a result of being boring is demise to him. And since he likes to spar with reporters.

57. “That is such a racist query.”

The President’s response to this query, from PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor, who is African-American: “On the marketing campaign path you referred to as your self a nationalist. Some folks noticed that as emboldening white nationalists. Now individuals are additionally saying….”

58. “Why do I’ve among the many highest ballot numbers with African-People?”

[narrator voice] He would not. Not even close.

59. “In Jeff Flake’s case, it is me, pure and easy. I retired him. I am very happy with it. I did the nation an excellent service.”

That is a Republican senator Donald Trump is speaking about.

60. “I do not know who Lil Jon is. I do not — I actually do not.”

61. “No, I do not, no. Do I remorse it?”

Trump would not remorse an ad that was never run on CNN and pulled by NBC and Fox News as a result of they deemed it to be racist. So.

62. “They mentioned they could not be overwhelmed. They mentioned Heidi couldn’t be beat. ‘Please do not do it,’ they could not — this was a 12 months out.”

Nobody — and I imply nobody — although a Democratic senator in North Dakota could not be overwhelmed. Heitkamp was one of the most vulnerable senators from the primary day of the 2018 election.

63. “And I will let you know one thing. Once you have a look at the races that we gained in Florida, which we weren’t anticipated to win, and Georgia, which we weren’t anticipated to win, and Ohio, which we weren’t anticipated to win, and gained — I imply, you have a look at a few of them, the variety of votes that we bought is unbelievable.”

The query Trump was requested right here was: “So what do you say to girls, Mr. President?”

64. “So I do battle again.”

This seems like a great place to finish it.

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