I realize I’m late on posting about this, but it took a backseat to the Milo Yiannopoulos controversy. In a post-election campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida, Trump gave a long-winded, rambling speech in which he served up his greatest hits: build the wall, deport criminal aliens, save our inner cities from the scourge of gang violence and drug dealers, ban the Muslims to stop terrorism, etc.
Beyond shoring up his own ego by surrounding himself with his most cultish followers, the sole purpose of this rally was to blast the judges and “fake” media outlets who haven’t shown him the level of deference he believes he is owed. “I want to be in a room filled with hard working American patriots who love their country, who salute their flag and who pray for a better future,” he announced.
Then he took aim at the press. “The dishonest media which has published one false story after another with no sources, even though they pretend they have them, they make them up in many cases, they just don’t want to report the truth and they’ve been calling us wrong now for two years,” Trump ranted. “They don’t get it. By they’re starting to get it. I can tell you that.” He also compared his war on the media to the actions of past presidents who “called [the media] out often times on their lies,” and even had the gall to quote Thomas Jefferson.
Transcript courtesy of Vox:
I want to be in a room filled with hard working American patriots who love their country, who salute their flag and who pray for a better future.
I also want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news. The dishonest media which has published one false story after another with no sources, even though they pretend they have them, they make them up in many cases, they just don’t want to report the truth and they’ve been calling us wrong now for two years. They don’t get it. By they’re starting to get it. I can tell you that.
They’ve become a big part of the problem. They are part of the corrupt system. Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln and many of our greatest presidents fought with the media and called them out often times on their lies. When the media lies to people, I will never, ever let them get away with it. I will do whatever I can that. They don’t get away with it.
They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda. In fact, Thomas Jefferson said, “nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper.” “Truth itself,” he said, “becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle,” that was June 14, my birthday, 1807. But despite all their lies, misrepresentations, and false stories, they could not defeat us in the primaries, and they could not defeat us in the general election, and we will continue to expose them for what they are, and most importantly, we will continue to win, win, win.
He moved on to his Nixonian calls for law and order. He stated that his followers “want safe neighborhoods” where the streets are not controlled by “gang members and drug dealers who are right now as I speak being thrown out of the country and they will not be let back in.” Among these gang members and drug dealers are, apparently, women dying of cancer, DREAMers, domestic violence victims, and restaurant workers. Trump vowed that these arrests will culminate in our nation “hav[ing] strong borders again.”
And believe me, I and we inherited one big mess. That I can tell you, but I know that you want safe neighborhoods where the streets belong to families and communities, not gang members and drug dealers who are right now as I speak being thrown out of the country and they will not be let back in.
We will have strong borders again, and I mean that. You’ve seen it in television. You’ve seen it on television. General Kelly, now Secretary Kelly, he’s really doing the job. You’re seeing it. The gang members, bad, bad people. I said day one, and they’re going out. Or they’re being put in prison, but for the most part, get them the hell out of here. Bring them back to where they came from.
The fact is, you want great schools for your children. You want good high paying jobs for yourselves and for your loved ones and for the future of your families. You want a health care system and by the way, we are going to be submitting in a couple of weeks a great healthcare plan that’s going to take the place of the disaster known as Obamacare.
Trump also touted his pro-cop bona fides, boasting that he “directed the Department of Justice to take a firm, firm stance to protect our cops, sheriffs, and police from crimes of violence against them.” Trump said that his administration “will work with our police not against our police,” and “will always protect those who protect us.” Is it any wonder, then, that Trump was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest police union? He also vowed to “stop the drugs from pouring into your country, into your community, into your cities and poisoning our youth.”
I’ve directed the Department of Justice to take a firm, firm stance to protect our cops, sheriffs, and police from crimes of violence against them. We will work with our police not against our police, our police do a great job and they’ve never been troubled like they’re troubled now. It’s very unfair what’s happening. So we want to cherish our law enforcement. We will always protect those who protect us.
We’ve directed the creation of a task force for reducing violent crime in America, including our inner cities. We’re going to make our inner cities safe again. Look at what’s going on. Look at what’s happening in Chicago. Hundreds of shootings, hundreds of deaths. I’ll tell you what’s happening in Chicago and many other places. Safety is a civil right. And we will fight to make America totally safe again.
I’ve ordered the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to coordinate on a plan to destroy transnational criminal cartels which are all over the United States and we are going to stop the drugs from pouring into your country, into your community, into your cities and poisoning our youth. We’re stopping it. We’re stopping it.
On the subject of terrorism, Trump said he took “decisive action to keep radical Islamic terrorist the hell out of our country” — in the form of his controversial executive order banning immigration from seven majority Muslim countries. The order stalled in court, however, when a temporary injunction was issued against it by a Republican-appointed federal judge. This injunction was then upheld in a unanimous decision by a three judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump did not take this result well. Trump whined that “didn’t write the statute they were making the decision about because every word of the statute is a total kill for the other side.” The “statute” in question, from which he quoted at length, is section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which purports to vest the president with the authority to “suspend” the entry of “aliens” if he deems them “detrimental” to the interests of the U.S.
However, as was persuasively argued by David Bier at the Cato Institute — hardly a lefty organization — this section clashes with section 202(a)(1), which provides that “no person shall receive any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.” Indeed, the government’s argument appears to fly in the face of the very reason the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act was passed, which was to abolish discrimination in accepting immigrants to our country.
And I’ve taken decisive action to keep radical Islamic terrorist the hell out of our country. So you probably read where we want to enforce the laws as existing. And so we signed an order a couple of weeks ago, and it was taken over by a court originally by a judge and then a — yes, it’s very sad. The reason is for protection and safety. So the statute is so plain and so clear.
I said last week, I was speaking to a great group of sheriffs, the sheriffs group in Washington, and I said if you have a college education, you can understand its. If you have a high school education, you can understand it. If you were a bad student in high school, you can understand it.
I was told. I’ll check, but I found it hard to believe, over 30-page decision by the appellate court. Three judges. And you could tell by the way they were reacting because it was broadcast on television. Everything we do gets a lot of people watching. So you could tell by the way that phone call went, wasn’t looking good. When they wrote their decision, as I understand it. Maybe I’m wrong.
They didn’t write the statute they were making the decision about because every word of the statute is a total kill for the other side. So I thought I would read it. And here’s what it says. This is what it says: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or any class of aliens into the United States” — okay. So essentially. Whenever somebody comes into the United States. Right.
“If it would be detrimental to the interest of the United States” — okay. Now you know the country’s we’re talking about and these were countries picked by Obama. They weren’t even picked. They were picked by Obama.
“He may,” so the President may, “by proclamation and for such period as he shall deem necessary” — now, because it should have said he or she, right. They were not politically correct when they drew this. In fact, that’s the only thing that was actually wrong with it. He or she. I don’t think the women care too much about that. Right? I don’t think so. By the way, we did very well with women. You know, my wife said when some of these phony polls were put out, the CNN poll was so far off, the phony polls. When some of these, she said, what’s wrong with you and women. We did very nicely with women. We did nicely with a lot of groups they didn’t think we were going to do so nicely with. I guess we had to. That’s why we’re all here tonight. Right?
So and it goes, “for such as he shall seem necessary suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants or impose on aliens any restriction he may deem to be appropriate.” So basically it says the president has the right to keep people out if he feels it’s not in the best interest of our country. Right? Unbelievable. Unbelievable. And I listened to these judges talk and talk and talk. So unfair. So we’ll be doing something over the next couple of days. We don’t give up. We never give up.
We had a court that I disagree with. I disagree with big league — and by the way, whether you read it or whether you watch it on television when other lawyers come on, many of them can’t even understand. They’re saying how do you come up with that decision. It cannot be more simple. So they’re ruling on what I just read you and they don’t even quote it in their ruling because you can’t because it’s too obvious. So we will do something next week. I think you’ll be impressed. Let’s see what happens.
Here’s the bottom line. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening. We’ve got to keep our country safe.