After a bad week for Trump and Republicans, a night of applause of cheers from his rabid fanbase was just what Trump needed to reenergize. Even though Democrats are regaining the massive lead in generic ballot polls after watching the GOP trash a woman for coming forward about sexual assault, what else should Trump do but insist that the world will end should Democrats win.
‘The Democrats have become too extreme and they’ve become, frankly, too dangerous to govern. They’ve gone wacko…If Democrats take control they will try to reverse our amazing progress and plunge our country into gridlock and maybe into poverty and ultimately into chaos.’
All these neutered Republican male senators like @JohnCornyn and House’s @SteveScalise have been whining all week about threats to civility. Then Trump in Iowa tonight leads chants of “Lock Her Up” about their colleague Sen. Feinstein, and not even a whimper.
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) October 10, 2018
Why Trump decides to spread this kind of divisive, fear-mongering rhetoric to his followers knowing that he’s simply preaching to the choir is anyone’s guess, but it’s certainly done little to heal the political divide and bring Americans together, something Trump once said was a goal.
Instead, Trump painted a bleak picture of “chaos” should Republicans not gain control of Congress, saying that Kavanaugh would surely be impeached for sexual assault with a left-wing legislative body. Trump noted that Democrats have also called for his own impeachment and said, “I have to go first, right?”
While speaking at an Iowa rally, following swearing-in ceremony of Justice Kavanaugh, President Trump says anti-Kavanaugh protesters were paid:
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 9, 2018
The “innocent until proven guilty” and “due process” president then accused Senator Dianne Feinstein of having leaked the letter Dr. Ford wrote to Congress about her alleged sexual assault experience with Kavanaugh and mocked her for asking her staff in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee (after having been asked if she had questioned her staffers twice) if they had leaked the letter.
“In other words, did she leak it? 100 percent. I don’t want to get sued. 99 percent.”
Although there is no proof of this and the reporters who broke the story have said repeatedly that no one in Feinstein’s office was the source for their story, the crowd chanted “lock her up!” Trump smiled, delighted, and said “I think they’re talking about Feinstein. Can you believe it?”
Crowd breaks into cheers of “Lock her up” as Pres. Trump rails against Sen. Dianne Feinstein at Iowa rally, mocking her denial of leaking Christine Blasey Ford’s letter. https://t.co/JdoY7807Al pic.twitter.com/e7ihZYR2vn
— ABC News (@ABC) October 10, 2018
See the full rally speech below:
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