Trump rally in Pheonix and Clapper questions Trump’s fitness to be President August 22 2017

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Trump Rally 2017/08/22

On August 22 2017, Trump held a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. The speech lasted for 77, the following is a selection of Trump’s key comments Time – Rally trancript:

You always understood what Washington, D.C. did not. Our movement is a movement built on love. It’s love for fellow citizens. It’s love for struggling Americans who’ve been left behind, and love for every American child who deserves a chance to have all of their dreams come true.

It is finally time to rebuild our country, to take care of our people, and to fight for the jobs our great American workers deserve, and that’s what we’re doing.

No matter where they come from, no matter what faith they practice, they form a single unbreakable team. That’s what we are. We’re a team. As a nation, we’re a team.

So the — and I mean truly dishonest people in the media and the fake media, they make up stories. They have no sources in many cases. They say “a source says” — there is no such thing. But they don’t report the facts. Just like they don’t want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the White Supremacists, and the KKK.

So here’s what I said, really fast, here’s what I said on Saturday: “We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia” — this is me speaking. We condemn in the strongest, possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.” That’s me speaking on Saturday.

So this is me — “it has no place in America.” I’m talking about hatred, bigotry and violence. “It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety, security in our society, and no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time.” This is me speaking.

Above all else, we must remember this truth, no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country, we love our God, and we love our flag

So in my second statement, I got really specific, and they said, why didn’t he do it faster? The — I’m telling you folks, look, look, I know these people probably better than anybody.

And a lot of people have a problem with it, because look, what happens with them, if they’re doing a story about me, I know if it’s honest or false.

If you’re reading a story about somebody, you don’t know. You assume it’s honest, because it’s like the failing New York Times, which is like so bad. It’s so bad.

Or the Washington Post, which call a lobbying tool for Amazon, OK, that’s a lobbying tool for Amazon.

Or CNN, which is so bad and so pathetic, and their ratings are going down.

Now, you know, I was a good student. I always hear about the elite. You know, the elite. They’re elite? I went to better schools than they did. I was a better student than they were. I live in a bigger, more beautiful apartment, and I live in the White House, too, which is really great.

And — and I say it, and you know, we’re all pros. We’re all, like, we have a certain sense. We’re smart people. These are truly dishonest people. And not all of them. Not all of them. You have some very good reporters. You have some very fair journalists. But for the most part, honestly, these are really, really dishonest people, and they’re bad people. And I really think they don’t like our country. I really believe that. And I don’t believe they’re going to change, and that’s why I do this. If they would change, I would never say it.

If I don’t have social media, I probably would not be standing.

I mean, the New York Times has written some stories. How about this? The New York Times essentially apologized after I won the election, because their coverage was so bad, and it was so wrong, and they were losing so many subscribers that they practically apologized. I would say they did. They say, well, it wasn’t really that much of an apology. Because they were losing so many people, because they were misled. And I figured, this is great. And for about two weeks I got good coverage. Then they reverted back into worse than ever before. You know, it’s like one of those things.

The Washington Post is terrible. But these are dishonest — but let me tell you, you have some great, honest papers. You have some great networks. I must tell you, Fox has treated me fairly. Fox treated me fairly.

Now, you know what? I’m a person that wants to tell the truth. I’m an honest person, and what I’m saying, you know is exactly right.

Not only does the media give a platform to hate groups, but the media turns a blind eye to the gang violence on our streets, the failures of our public school, the destruction of our wealth at the hands of the terrible, terrible trade deals made by politicians that should’ve never been allowed to be politicians.

By the way, I’m just curious. Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe?

So, was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job? That’s why…

He should have had a jury, but you know what? I’ll make a prediction. I think he’s going to be just fine, OK?

But Sheriff Joe can feel good. The people of Arizona know the deadly and heartbreaking consequences of illegal immigration, the lost lives, the drugs, the gangs, the cartels, the crisis of smuggling and trafficking. MS-13 — we’re throwing them out so fast, they never got thrown out of anything like this. We are liberating towns out on Long Island. We’re liberating.

Build that wall. Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it. But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.

Let me be very clear to Democrats in Congress who oppose a border wall and stand in the way of border security: You are putting all of America’s safety at risk. You’re doing that. You’re doing that.

Again, the Border Patrol today, I said, how important is the wall to some of the folks? I met with a lot of them. And they looked at me, they said, it’s vital. It’s vital. It’s so vital. And you know, we have walls. I don’t know if you know, we’re already starting to fix a lot of the walls we already have, because we don’t have to rebuild them. And we want walls that you can see through in a sense. You want to see what’s on the other side. But we’re starting to fix a lot of the walls. We’ve done a lot of work.

Build that wall. Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it. But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.

Let me be very clear to Democrats in Congress who oppose a border wall and stand in the way of border security: You are putting all of America’s safety at risk. You’re doing that. You’re doing that.

Again, the Border Patrol today, I said, how important is the wall to some of the folks? I met with a lot of them. And they looked at me, they said, it’s vital. It’s vital. It’s so vital. And you know, we have walls. I don’t know if you know, we’re already starting to fix a lot of the walls we already have, because we don’t have to rebuild them. And we want walls that you can see through in a sense. You want to see what’s on the other side. But we’re starting to fix a lot of the walls. We’ve done a lot of work.

You look at what just happened in Spain and so many other places. Nope. We’re really vetting. We’re tough. Does anybody want me to be soft on the vetting or would you like —

“Extreme vetting” — I came up with that term. That’s what it has to be.

And for our friends in the Senate, oh boy — the Senate, remember this — look, the Senate, we have to get rid of what’s called the filibuster rule; we have to. And if we don’t, the Republicans will never get anything passed. You’re wasting your time. We have to get rid of the filibuster rule. Right now, we need 60 votes and we have 52 Republicans. That means that eight Democrats are controlling all of this legislation. We have over 200 bills.

All of the Democrats in Congress, that’s the only thing they do well. They do one thing well. You know what it’s called? They have no ideas. They have no policies. They obstruct. That’s all they do. They’re word is, we resist. They don’t resist; they obstruct. It’s all they’re good at. It’s all they’re good at. That’s all they do. On healthcare, they have 48 Democrats. We got no votes. We got no votes. And it would have been great healthcare. And by the way, would have been great healthcare for Arizona. Would have been great.

So the Democrats have no ideas, no policy, no vision for the country other than total socialism and maybe, frankly, a step beyond socialism from what I’m seeing.

Obamacare is a disaster and think — think, we were just one vote away from victory after seven years of everybody proclaiming repeal and replace. One vote away. One vote away. We were one vote away. Think of it, seven years the Republicans — and again, you have some great senators, but we were one vote away from repealing it.

And you see what’s going on in North Korea. All of a sudden, I don’t know — who knows. But I can tell you, what I said, that’s not strong enough. Some people said it’s too strong, it’s not strong enough.

But Kim Jong Un, I respect the fact that I believe he is starting to respect us. I respect that fact very much. Respect that fact.

And maybe — probably not — but maybe something positive can come about. They won’t tell you that, but maybe something positive can come about.

We need, right now, to drain the swamp. That’s what’s happening, too, believe me. Washington is full of people who are only looking out for themselves.

But I don’t come to Washington for me. You know, I’ve had a great life. I’ve had great success. I’ve enjoyed my life. Most people think I’m crazy to have done this. And I think they’re right. But I enjoy it, because we’ve made so much — I don’t believe that any president — I don’t believe that any president has accomplished as much as this president in the first six or seven months. I really don’t believe it.

I came to Washington for you. Your dreams are my dreams. Your hopes are my hopes. And your future is what I’m fighting for each and every day. It’s so important.

We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal, and it’s just been announced that a second, brand-new coal mine, where they’re going to take out clean coal — meaning, they’re taking out coal. They’re going to clean it — is opening in the state of Pennsylvania, the second one.

We are unleashing American energy, and I withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.

We can do anything, we can build anything and we can dream anything. It’s time to remember what our brave soldiers never forgot. Americans share one flag, one home and one glorious destiny. We live according to the same law, raise our children by the same values, and we are all made by the same Almighty God.

James Clapper responds to Trump rally comments

James Clapper, the former US director of national intelligence and retired lieutenant general, has openly questioned Donald Trump’s fitness to be president.

James Clapper on Donald Trump - I question his fitness to be in this office and I also wonder if he is looking for a way out. James Clapper cartoon carticature APT

Clapper described Trump’s address at a rally in Phoenix as “downright scary and disturbing.”

“I question his fitness to be in this office and I also wonder if he is looking for a way out,

“I worry about access to the nuclear codes if he decided to do something, in a fit of pique, to tackle Kim Jong-un… It’s pretty damn scary,” he said on CNN

James Clapper on Donald Trump - I worry about access to the nuclear codes if he decided to do something, in a fit of pique. James Clapper cartoon carticature APT

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