I’d decided this morning, after Brian’s brilliantly written but terrifying piece on a Trump rally in Pennsyltucky, to swear off Trump for the rest of the day, but when things go horribly horribly wrong for the guy, I can’t help myself. It’s too much fun (that said, the photo above is Tyler Clinton, Hillary’s super-hot nephew, because I couldn’t bear the thought of another image of Trump on the page).
It’s been a trainwreck of a day for the Republican nominee, and it would take too long to cover the entire 24 hours of mistakes, gaffes, and blows to his campaign (including a statement from President Obama calling Trump “unfit to be President” followed by an unhinged response).
Here are just a few of the more amusingly insane gaffes:
— After holding that rally in Harrisburg last night, he travelled to a rally in Virginia today and told the crowd that Harrisburg looked like a “war zone.” Guess who didn’t care for that characterization? HARRISBURG. So much for winning Pennsylvania in the fall.
— Donald Trump booted a baby from a rally. HE BOOTED A BABY FROM A RALLY.
“Don’t worry about that baby. I love babies,” Trump said after hearing the baby crying during an aside about the trade imbalance. “Don’t worry about it. I love babies. I hear that baby crying, I like it. What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don’t worry, don’t worry. The mom’s running around like—don’t worry about it, you know. It’s young and beautiful and healthy and that’s what we want.”
Trump then returned to his non-baby-related remarks, only to hear the baby make more noise.
“They have ripped us to shreds, ripped us absolutely to shreds,” Trump said of China, before turning back to the woman with the child.
“Actually, I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here,” the Republican nominee said to laughter and applause. “That’s all right. Don’t worry. I, I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s OK. People don’t understand. That’s OK.”
— Donald Trump accepted what he thought was an actual Purple Heart from a veteran (it was a copy. Trump thought it was real. It was not.) And then he said, “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.”
I don’t know if Donald Trump knows that the only way to get a Purple Heart is to be wounded or killed in action, but a Purple Heart is definitely something no one would actually want. Also, Trump got 5 deferments from military service during the Vietnam War, one for bone spurs in his feet that he clearly never had. Trump is an actual idiot.
— He held a press conference to mock a fire marshal for preventing too many people from cramming into a room for one of his rallies, suggesting that the fire marshal — who was only doing his job — was a politically motivated Democrat. Following the fire code is apparently “politics at its lowest.” He similarly chastised a fire marshal last Friday for enforcing the fire code, calling him a Hillary supporter.
Entire trump gaggle just now pic.twitter.com/E76oadIoiq— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) August 1, 2016
Despite all of this, somehow Nate Silver only gives Hillary a 68 percent chance of winning in the fall. The world is upside down.