And, if you might expect, Trump spent a good chunk of his 85-minute speech spiking the football on Democrats and the media who, all of them, knew all along that he had never colluded with Russia. Those riffs – plus a lot of other memorable lines from the President of the United States – are below.
1. "After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead. The collusion delusion is over."
2. "The Special Counsel completed its report and found no collusion and no obstruction."
4. "The crazy attempt by the Democrat Party and the news media right back there and the" deep state "to overturn the results of the 201
To be clear: appointee – Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – and run by a lifelong Republican (Mueller). It is not clear how that amounts to a "deep state" conspiracy aimed at overturning the results of the 2016 election.
5. "This is the one we want. We want ourselves. We want us and that's what we got." "We want us and that's what we got." – The President of the United States
6. "The Russia witch hunt was a plan by those who lost the election to try and illegally regain power by framing innocent Americans, many of them." Not to beat a dead horse here but … seven people affiliated in a variety of ways with Trump and / or his campaign pleaded guilty to crimes ranging from financial fraud to investigators about the breadth and depth of conversations with Russians. I am not sure how "those who lost the election" were able to make that happen. But remember that Trump and his base thrive on victimhood and b) conspiracy theories. And so, Trump leans heavily into both.
7. "And this group of major losers did not just ruthlessly attack me, my family and everyone who questioned their lies they tried to divide our country." Victimhood + conspiracy, with a pinch of bullying ("major losers") thrown in for flavor
8. "They did it all because they refused to accept the results of one of the greatest presidential elections, probably number one, in our history." "Probably number one."
9. "Little pencil neck Adam Schiff … got the smallest, thinnest neck I've ever seen. He's not a long ball hitter." [TrumpbullyingatitsmostelementalhereAlsoevidenceofhowmuchTrumpequatesphysicalsizeandpresumedathleticabilitywithstrength (Sidebar: You know who was a long hitter? The Dalai Lama .)
10. "And our friends, Tucker, Sean, Laura, through the roof last night." [A] Trump is referring to Fox News hosts as "our friends" and b) he is intimately aware of TV ratings.
11th "Just think of it, a fake, dirty dossier, millions and millions of dollars paid for it, by who? Crooked Hillary Clinton, the DNC and the Democrat Party."
12. "Then it comes to a place called Michigan. Have you ever heard of Michigan?"
Trump asked while in, um, Michigan.
13. "And I remember leaving and I said, so [Hillary Clinton’s] got 500 people and I had 32,000 people including the people outside."
14. "We will have more tonight because outside we have even more than we did then."
15. "She has 500 or 600 people, I have 32,000."
16. "We won, we won a lot. We won a lot. Well, we won 306 to 223. Would you say that's good? I'd say it is."
Wait, this is a rhetorical question?
17th "Red was kitten – they were dying."
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