Former President Donald Trump remains an embarrassment. This weekend, he headed to Georgia for a rally supporting candidates he’s endorsed there, including former Sen. David Perdue (R), who’s running for governor — and just before 8 p.m. local time on the night of the rally, Georgia reporter Greg Bluestein identified the crowd at the pro-Trump gathering as among the smallest he’d ever seen at such an event. “I’ve covered more than two dozen Trump rallies around the nation. This is the smallest crowd I’ve seen at a rally of his in Georgia since he won the 2016 election — significantly smaller than the crowd in Perry in September,” Bluestein said. Not that long afterwards, Bluestein described rally-goers as showing remarkably low levels of enthusiasm. “This crowd is hardly applauding. Not the same sort of enthusiasm I’ve seen at other Trump rallies,” the reporter explained.
Bluestein made that latter observation while Trump was speaking — apparently, it’s worth noting, Trump got to the rally (which also featured speakers like Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and Florida GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz) more than an hour late. Trump claimed at one point that the rally crowd in Georgia Saturday extended “as far as the eye can see.” Bluestein shared a photo of the crowd and replied, “Ehhh… not so much.” Unsurprisingly, the former president’s rambling remarks included some of his familiar grievances. As he put it at one point:
‘No President has ever suffered like I’ve suffered at the hands of these animals. People say to me, ‘how the hell did you do it,’ and I can’t even give them an answer. I don’t know. I think I did it because I love you and because we have a job to do!’
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"No President has ever suffered like I've suffered at the hands of these animals. People say to me, 'how the hell did you do it' and I can't even give them an answer. I don't know. I think I did it because I love you and because we have a job to do!" pic.twitter.com/dRkrgpqPMY
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) March 27, 2022
At the rally, Trump also claimed to have told a fellow world leader involved in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that the United States would not honor their treaty obligations associated with the alliance to protect a member country attacked by Russia if that country wasn’t paying its “bills.” It’s not quite clear what Trump is talking about here, as (almost) always — “The U.S. has not been stiffed for unpaid bills by NATO allies,” NPR noted back in 2018 when Trump was in office and ranting against NATO. “NATO is not like a club with annual membership fees,” former Obama administration National Security Council staffer Aaron O’Connell said at the time. Certain member countries hadn’t reached a previously agreed to level of spending on their defense — but certain countries apparently still aren’t there. And yet, Trump angrily ranted amid a war in Ukraine driven by Russia that the U.S. under his command wouldn’t protect its allies under certain circumstances, belligerently telling the crowd:
‘You know, if it wasn’t for me — remember NATO? They weren’t paying their bills. They were delinquent. And I was the one that went in — and they all say, Donald Trump didn’t like NATO. Look, I’m not particularly thrilled with it… We were spending money on NATO and getting screwed on trade, right? By the same countries.’
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With Russia attacking Ukraine, Trump still takes some time to denigrate NATO allies pic.twitter.com/6dn5pmyg4A
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 27, 2022
At the rally, Trump also insisted that his supporters wouldn’t vote for Republican Brian Kemp this coming November if he wins the Georgia gubernatorial primary. Meanwhile, Greene ranted that Democratic gubernatorial Stacey Abrams “is the Death Star and we’re going to take her out in November,” referring to Abrams’ brief appearance in the Star Trek universe and referencing something (the Death Star) from the Star Wars universe that was blown up in the story. On a similarly ridiculous note, Gaetz pledged to nominate Trump for Speaker of the House, a role that technically doesn’t have to be filled by a member of the federal body.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) March 27, 2022