President Donald Trump blasted the media, criticized members of Congress and suggested he’d shut down the government to build a border wall during a frenzied, 77-minute campaign-style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night that left some commentators wondering about his fitness for office.
Trump is known for his lively rallies, but even by those standards this one was a particularly unrestrained and boisterous spectacle.
Here is a breakdown of some of the wildest moments.
1. He kicked off the speech by rereading all his responses to the protests in Charlottesville. While going over his widely criticized initial response, Trump omitted the most controversial part of the statement, in which he blamed “many sides” for the violence there.
2. He called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “We have to speak to Mitch” about eliminating the Senate filibuster, Trump said. (The filibuster was not a factor in stopping the Republican health care bill.) Earlier on Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Trump and McConnell have not spoken in weeks.
3. He suggested he’d shut down the government if it meant he could get a wall built along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“If we have to shut down that government, we’re building that wall,” Trump said. “One way or another, we’re going to get that wall.”
4. He argued the media are “trying to take away our history, our heritage.”
“The only thing giving a platform to these hate groups is the media itself and the fake news,” Trump said.
“I really think they don’t like our country. I really believe that,” he added.
5. He defended his remarks on Charlottesville by saying he “hit” various racist groups.
“I hit ’em with neo-Nazi, I hit ’em with everything,” he said. “I got the white supremacist, I got the neo-Nazi, I got ’em all in there. Let’s see. KKK? We have KKK. I got ’em all.”
6. He lied and said cameras at the rally were being turned off as live-streams of the speech on cable news networks continued to roll. He specifically called out CNN, which aired Trump’s speech until the end.
7. He teased a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County who was convicted of criminal contempt.
8. He bragged about how he lives in a “bigger, more beautiful apartment” than the journalists who cover him.
9. He lamented CNN’s firing of Jeffrey Lord, a pro-Trump commentator formerly featured on the network. Lord was fired for tweeting the Nazi salute “Sieg Heil” earlier in August.
10. He slammed both Republican Arizona senators: Jeff Flake, who has recently spoken out against Trump, and John McCain, who cast a pivotal vote that caused the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill to flame out in the Senate in July. McCain is currently receiving treatment for brain cancer.
12. He suggested “we will probably end up terminating NAFTA at some point.”
13. He praised Fox News and Sean Hannity.
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