Donald Trump has size envy — crowd size, that is. He made former White House press secretary turned Dancing with the Stars Sean Spicer lie about how big his inauguration crowd size was compared to President Barack Obama. He lies about the size of his rally crowds, so this came as some surprise.
Progressive Democratic candidate against him in the 2020 election Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) drew a crowd of 20,000 in New York, City’s Washington Square Park. Rather than turn that into her being a worthy contender, he mocked her, according to Roll Call:
‘Anybody that can’t get people standing in the middle of Manhattan in the most densely populated area of the country — anybody could do that. I think more Democrats should do it. I get these crowds in areas that nobody’s ever seen crowds before. Pretty amazing.’
Of course, anybody could do that if they did it the president’s way, by cheating:
‘Certainly, if I went to Manhattan, if I went there – No. 1, she didn’t have 20,000 people; and No. 2, I think anybody would get a good crowd there. I think you have a good crowd there if you don’t even go there, just say you’re going and how many people are in the park.’
Polls showed the top group of Democratic candidates either matching Trump or being his equal. Warren had a 5.2 percent lead over Trump in the RealClearPolitics Poll, which averaged seven national polls. One of those polls gave her a 12 percent lead in the general election.
POTUS grudgingly said that Warren was “rising” before going after her as she made her rapid climb in the polls:
‘I don’t want to do this too early. You know the Pocahontas thing? I did that it was before it’s time.’
Then, the commander-in-chief said he did not intend to release oil from the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The Saudi’s oil facilities were bombed, destroying six percent of the world’s reserves:
‘I don’t think I need to, but I’m willing to do it. We’re the undisputed champion of energy. We are now way ahead of No. 2 and No. 3, which is Saudi Arabia and Russia. Let people do what they have to do. And they’ve done it. But I can really step it up a lot more if we have to. So I don’t believe I need to, but if we want to use strategic oil reserves, I would open them up.’
After that, the president talked about the men he wanted to replace his recently pink-slipped national security adviser John Bolton: Fred Fleitz, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Keith Kellogg, Robert O’Brien, and Ricky Waddell. Two of them were his favorites:
‘He called O’Brien “fantastic” and declared his “love” for Kellogg before noting “He’s been with me from the beginning.”‘
Retired three-star Army general and national security counselor to Vice President Mike Pence, Kellogg topped the president’s preferred list. Before coming to Pence, the general was a Fox News talking head. He was also an adviser on their 2016 campaign.
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