On Monday, President Donald Trump delivered a rambling campaign speech in Arizona, where at one point he even bragged about how — if he wanted — he could supposedly raise upwards of one billion dollars in a day for his campaign through asking for donations from companies who have business before the federal government. Asking for donations in exchange for favors from the federal government for major corporations seems like it would be starkly illegal — corporations aren’t even allowed to donate directly to campaigns. This illegality doesn’t seem to have fazed Trump.
‘I call the head of Exxon — I’ll use a company. “Hi, how are you doing, how’s energy coming? When are you doing the exploration? Oh, you need a couple of permits, huh? Okay” — But I call the head of Exxon, I say, “you know, I’d love you to send me 25 million dollars for the campaign” — “absolutely sir… would you like some more?” People make the call, it’s different, but if I made the call — I will hit a home run every single call. I would raise a billion dollars in one day if I wanted to. I don’t wanna do that. I don’t wanna do it.’
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Trump says if he wanted, he could raise $1 billion for his campaign by trading government favors for corporations for large contributions. https://t.co/0cGqvgUFCa
— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) October 19, 2020
This scheme of getting major donations in exchange for favors from the government would be brazenly illegal, it seems. However, the illegality doesn’t seem to have affected Trump’s thinking about the issue — instead, he sounded like he wanted some kind of credit for staying away from law-breaking.
At another point during the same rally, Trump called CNN journalists “dumb bastards” for continuing to cover the Coronavirus crisis in the United States. Over 219,000 Americans have died due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the president of the United States thinks that it’s only “dumb bastards” who are still concerned with sharing news about the crisis, it seems. Besides the huge numbers of deaths, millions across the U.S. have been infected — but again, apparently, the president of the United States thinks it’s only “dumb bastards” who are still working to share news about the crisis. This perspective certainly helps explain why Trump has dragged his feet so majorly when it comes to implementing an effective national plan to tackle the crisis. On a basic level, he doesn’t sound like he cares, even while Americans struggle.
"They are getting tired of the pandemic, aren't they? You turn on CNN, that's all they cover. 'Covid, Covid, Pandemic, Covid, Covid.' You know why? They're trying to talk everybody out of voting. People aren't buying it, CNN, you dumb bastards." — Trump pic.twitter.com/QobvMA6Yz0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 19, 2020
His mid-rally meltdown about ongoing coverage of the pandemic in the United States follows earlier complaints along similar lines. During an early Monday campaign call, Trump asserted that Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who has helped lead the federal government’s response to the Coronavirus, is a “disaster.” Trump also grouped him in with the so-called “idiots” who continue to publicly discuss the Coronavirus crisis. Again — well over 200,000 Americans have died, and millions have been infected. Meanwhile, the current president of the United States sounds like he thinks that only “idiots” are still concerned with sharing updated pandemic info with Americans.
Electorally, I cannot think of a stupider thing to say than “People are tired of hearing Fauci and these idiots, all these idiots…”
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) October 19, 2020
Trump might simply wish that he could erase the pandemic — and his disastrous handling of it — from people’s minds, but that’s not going to happen.
On call with campaign staff, President Trump says people are tired of hearing about coronavirus. "People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots…Fauci is a nice guy. He’s been here for 500 years."
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 19, 2020