Noah Smith: "MS-13" is just Republican for "Hispanic people":
[Noah Smith] @Noahpinion: At this point, "MS-13" is just Republican for "Hispanic people"
Daniel Dale @ddale8: Trump is beginning a campaign rally in Nashville. In this thread there will be tweets about it. "I love country music," Trump says. Trump says "people are saying" that he's the only politician that "produced more than I said I was going to produce." He started saying this at rallies and then eventually started attributing it to "people." Trump is talking about how people said he couldn't get 270 electoral votes but then he really did. "They're fake. They are FAKE. Look how many of them," Trump says of reporters. "That's a lot of people. Fake news." Big boos from the crowd.
Trump shouts out Bob Corker. Lots of boos. Then he callls up Marsha Blackburn, who's running to succeed Corker. She touts his accomplishments. Her own pitch: "Tennessee needs a senator who is going to support President Donald Trump." Trump lies that even his "enemies" are admitting no president has accomplished more than he has in the first year and a half. Trump wrongly claims nobody would have believed him if he'd promised there'd be 3.3 million jobs added between now and Election Day. Over the previous 18-month period, under Obama, there were 3.9 million jobs added. Trump falsely claims that wages are "finally going up" for "the first time in many, many years." Wages have been rising since 2014. The current pace, 2.6% in April, is lower than the pace in Obama's last full month in office, 2.7%.
"Most importantly; our country is respected again all over the world," Trump says. "We're respected again as a country." "Respect" is subjective, but approval of the U.S. has plummeted almost everywhere in the world outside Russia and Israel, Pew polling shows.
Trump calls Nancy Pelosi "the MS-13 lover." That's exceptionally unfair, obviously. "She loves MS-13, can you imagine?" he continues.
Trump says he has never heard of Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen, who was a popular governor of this state. "Who is he???" he demands to know. Trump says "Crooked Hillary." Very loud "lock her up" chant. Trump accuses unnamed people of "infilitrating" his campaign. He then asks anyone in the arena who is infiltrating his campaign to raise their hand. Trump is explaining that he worked very hard during the 2016 election, and got big crowds, while Hillary Clinton, conversely, did not have big crowds, unless she had Jay-Z perform, but he used "filthy" language, which made Trump look "clean-cut." The president is doing a long rant about how Jay-Z swears in his songs.
Trump claims that he has "already started" the wall. No actual construction of new wall has begun, only a few scattered replacement projects. Trump is telling his usual lengthy ramble-lie about how "San Diego" came and begged him for The Wall. None of this happened. San Diego's Republican mayor opposes the wall, and its city council held a formal vote to express disapproval. This lie is one of the ones where Trump recounts an entire fictional exchange in which people call him "sir." He lies that he was told he couldn't stop building the wall in San Diego because he, sir, was told it'd cost $7 million. He hasn't started the wall in San Diego.
"We have such a bad deal with Mexico. We have such a bad deal with Canada," Trump says. "We lose with Mexico over $100 billion a year with this crazy NAFTA deal," Trump falsely says. The trade deficit with Mexico was $69 billion last year. "In the end, Mexico's paying for the wall," Trump re-promises, though he says he "doesn't want to cause a problem." Trump on Mexico: "They're going to pay for the wall, and they're going to enjoy it."
Trump falsely claims that illegal immigration is "down." Judging by border apprehensions, Trump's favourite metric, it has spiked this year-apprehensions are up 4% from the first four months of 2016, up 77% from the first four months of 2017.
Trump lies that the perpetrator of the West Side Highway terror attack brought in "'22 people" through chain migration. Even anti-immigration activists say this is wildly implausible, and Trump's own aides have declined to endorse this claim.
Trump is graphically recounting the story of the West Side Highway terror attack. "MISSING A LEG! MISSING AN ARM!" Nobody lost an arm in this attack. One woman lost two legs.
For the 15th time in office, Trump lies that countries are intentionally sending their bad apples into the visa lottery. Individuals enter the lottery on their own because they want to immigrate.
Trump brings up Chicago crime: "What the hell is that mayor doing?"
"We have borders down 40%," Trump lies again. Once more, it's up 77% in the first four months of this year from the first four months of last year.
"You won't have a Second Amendment" if the Democrats win, Trump says, which is, imagine this, not literally true.
Trump has returned to the subject of MS-13: "They want to cut people up into little pieces." Scoffing at Pelosi, he says, "They're not human beings." "What was the name?" he asks the crowd. "ANIMALLLS," the crowd shouts as one. Trump is retelling his story about MS-13 as enemy occupying army and Trump as liberator of Long Island: "It's like they've been liberated, like from a war... the people are dancing and they're waving and they're looking out their windows and they're waving at the ICE people."
Trump on Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen: "Phil whateverthehellhisname is, this guy, will 100% vote against us every single time."
This is a lot of stuff.
Trump: "We have respect for our great American flag...and we always proudly stand for our national anthem. Thank youuu. What's THAT all about?" Trump is now telling a version of the usual fictional story in which he, sir, is told no president since Reagan could pass a tax cut, and he realized it was because they all called it "tax reform," and he, master brander, decided to call it "tax cuts."
Trump brings up John McCain's vote against Obamacare repeal. Some boos. Trump: "That cost our country a lot. That was a very, very terrible thing that happened." He shouts that McCain campaigned on repeal.
Trump says the name "Bush," then pauses to let people boo. But only a few people boo. Then Trump says, of Bush's wars, "A lot of death. Death and blood."
Trump is telling the story about how he wasn't concerned about opening up ANWR to oil drilling - "who cares" - until a friend in the oil business called him up and told him Bush and other presidents couldn't do it, so then he wanted to do it.
For the 14th time, Trump falsely claims the U.S. has spent $7 trillion on Middle East wars. No basis for this claim. Trump is wildly exaggerating a Brown U study that estimates current costs at $4.3 trillion, total including estimated future costs at $5.6 trillion.
Trump is boasting of passing the VA Accountability Act. He criticizes the media for allegedly not tallking about it. He notes it makes it easier to fire bad employees. "JIM, YOU'RE FIRED," he says. He always uses "Jim" in this story.
Trump gets big applause for keeping his campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, open the embassy there.
Trump is now retelling the almost-certainly-completely-fictional story about how he signed the name "Donald" on an order spending $1 billion on a new Israel embassy, and then had a fiscal epiphany and didn't sign the "Trump."
Trump has told three elaborate stories tonight in which he has talked to someone who called him "sir." I don't think any one of the stories has any basis in reality.
Trump very briefly on script: "Together we will lift up our country. We'll lift up millions and millions of Americans from welfare to work. From dependence to independence. And from poverty to prosperity."
Trump reminds people of how he said in 2016, of African-Americans, "Highest crime rate. Bad education...bad this, bad that." 19 replies 209 retweets 731 likes
Returning to the roots of his presidential announcement speech, Trump complains that America has shoddy airports. Talking about rebuilding America, Trump...goes out of his way to say he has big hands: "We'll do it all with these big beautiful hands. Look at these hands."
Trump calls Andrew Jackson "a great president and a great general." Trump, on script, reciting America's accomplishments: "We have tamed continents"...
For the fourth time, Trump falsely says that the Empire State building was built in less than a year. It was 13 months. "We are so respected again. I can't even tell you the degree to which people respect our country again," Trump says. "It's amazing. It's amazing."
The finale: "We are one people! We are one family! And we are one glorious nation under God! Without a question, without a doubt, we will make America wealthy again! We will make America strong again! We will make America safe again! Anddd: we will make America great again!"
Trump has concluded. That was an extremely dishonest speech.
One thing I still haven't figured out well, and I don't think anyone really has, is how to capture Trump's level of rally unhingedness in a regular article. The only good way is to list like 30 things he said.