While Trump was at a Pennsylvania rally, which was supposed to have been in support of Rick Saccone, a Republican who is up for a special congressional election slated for Tuesday…. he went off-script. Way off-script.
Addressing just the sort of frothy and sycophantic crowd he favors, he ostensibly forgot why he was there. During a speech during which he should have been touting Saccone, he praised countries that impose the death penalty for drug dealers, and iterated that the United States should consider doing the same.
On this matter, Trump said:
“[drug dealers] kill 5,000 people with drugs because you’re smuggling them in and you’re making a lot of money and people are dying. “That’s why we have a problem, folks. I don’t think we should play games. “Now, I never did polling on that — I don’t know if that’s popular, I don’t know if that’s unpopular. But these people are killing our kids and they’re killing our families, and we have to do something. We can’t just keep setting up blue-ribbon committees with your wife and your wife and your husband, and they meet and they have a meal and they talk, talk talk talk, two hours later, then they write a report.”
The president also took a moment to lament the fact that he cannot re-use his ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan when he runs for re-election because: “I already did that.” Trump floated the new slogan “Keep America Great Exclamation Point.” And, yes, that is verbatim. He uttered the words “exclamation point.”
Trump also sort of credited himself for the Olympics having happened, by inferring that his chess game with North Korea helped secure South Korea for an event of such magnitude.
On a personal level, the single most brow-furrowing moment in Trump’s, uh, speech came when he sort of threatened Oprah, saying that facing off against Winfrey in 2020 would be “a painful experience for her.”