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At Raucous Pennsylvania Rally,
Trump Endorses - Himself
Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo
Never forget, it's all about him
By Ray Cunneff
March 11, 2018
At a raucous Saturday night campaign-style rally and again in a tweet-storm Sunday morning, Donald Trump slammed Democrats for losses in congressional special elections, the "fake media" for failing to report Republican victories, and political pundits for under-reporting or daring to criticize his accomplishments, like his impulsive proclamation on tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, and his overall greatness .
Amid chants of "USA, USA!" and "Build the Wall!" at a rally in southwestern Pennsylvania on behalf of Republican candidate Rick Saccone, struggling in an unexpectedly close race with Democrat Conor Lamb, Trump instead endorsed himself.
After a perfunctory urging of voters to elect "absentee" candidate Saccone and ridiculing Conor Lamb as "Lamb the sham", Trump turned to his main subjects of the night, attacking former president Barack Obama, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, "low IQ" congresswoman Maxine Waters, Oprah Winfrey, Democrat "obstruction", the Russian and porn star scandals, the media in general and NBC's Chuck Todd in particular, calling him a "sleepy-eyed son of a bitch".
Almost as an afterthought, Trump called for the execution of drug dealers.
(Lamb and Saccone are running to replace Rep. Tim Murphy, a Republican anti-abortion rights congressman who resigned amid allegations that he urged his lover to have an abortion.)
But Trump's ultimate purpose was another avalanche of self-congratulation.
Mocking critics who have called on him to take his job more seriously, to act more "presidential", including a recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Trump said, “I’m very presidential,”, lowering his voice, standing stiffly and shuffling across the stage robotically. “Don’t forget, this got us elected. If I came like a stiff, you guys wouldn’t come here tonight.” The adoring crowd roared.
The president called recent votes proof that Americans approve of Trump's agenda. On Sunday morning, he repeated misleading talking points he's been touting for months.
Trump appears to be counting heavily on both votes in Georgia's 6th Congressional District’s special election, which resulted in a runoff and a GOP victory for candidate Karen Handel. He ignores the losses of GOP candidates Roy Moore in Alabama and Ed Gillespie in Virginia, dismissing those losses because he claims to have predicted them, as well as numerous Democratic victories in state legislatures.
And then he once again misstated his approval rating in recent polls.
Conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports actually has Trump’s approval rating at 44 percent, not 50 percent. The majority of other polls have Trump’s approval rating percentages between the high 30's and low 40's.
Trump also unveiled his own new slogan for his 2020 campaign: “Keep America Great!”
But campaign-style hyperbole aside, Donald Trump remains the least popular president in the history of polling and that is not "‘fake news"’
Trump unleashed at raucous rally for embattled Pennsylvania Republican
President Donald Trump attacked his critics, promoted his steel and aluminum tariffs and tossed out an idea to have drug dealers face the death penalty, addressing a raucous rally on Saturday for a Republican congressional candidate in a tight race.×