Disgraced former President Donald Trump once again skipped the Republican primary debate, instead choosing to hold a rally in Miami-Dade County, an event that featured bizarre and disturbing moments, including Roseanne Barr and other off-the-rails figures who helped introduce the likely Republican nominee.
Trump took the stage after a cast of unconventional characters provided introductions marked by profanities, aggressive language, and divisive rhetoric.
The introduction speeches for Trump were anything but conventional, with off-the-rails figures contributing to the spectacle.
One speaker even resorted to continuous profanity, adding a jarring element to the proceedings. The choice of such individuals for the introduction raised eyebrows and underscored the unconventional nature of Trump’s political approach.
When Trump finally addressed the crowd, his speech was characterized by numerous incoherent statements and lies.
Among the more glaring errors was his assertion that Kim Jong Un led a population of 1.4 billion, a figure that greatly exceeds North Korea’s actual population of 26 million.
Trump also falsely claimed that Hungary shares a border with Russia, a statement contradicted by geographical facts.
Trump also insisted that Joe Biden had indicted him, without any evidence implicating the White House in any involvement in the four cases brought by prosecutors who have thus far charged the vanquished Republicans with 91 criminal counts.
This accusation adds to a long series of false claims made by Trump, who has demonstrated himself to be a pathological liar.
In an apparent preemption of potential critiques about his age, Trump argued that Biden wasn’t too old to be president but rather too incompetent. This strategic move seemed designed to deflect any age-related criticisms that could be directed at him by the floundering GOP presidential candidates.
While the rally in Hialeah, Florida, undoubtedly appealed to a specific crowd, its broader impact on the Republican primary remains uncertain.
The mixed reactions from attendees and observers highlight the divisive nature of Trump’s political persona and the ongoing challenges within the Republican Party.
With only eight days before federal funding is set to expire, federal agencies and programs started getting ready for major interruptions to their public services, as the U.S. government once again begins preparing for a possible shutdown, but Trump and the GOP candidates on stage for the third debate did not mention the dysfunctional House of Representatives’ imminent action.
The five candidates participating were neo-Nazi Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Governor Nimarata Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Senator Tim Scott, and stock swindler Vivek Ramaswamy.
Trump’s lead has only continued to expand, even as his criminal and other legal cases provide a number of setbacks and his rival candidates unleash more and harsher criticisms.
DeSantis and Haley began the debate by echoing past attacks on Trump’s record, including the expansion of the national debt on his watch and for not making Mexico pay for the border wall as he promised.
Haley broke some new ground by saying Trump had gotten “weak in the knees” on supporting Ukraine while Christie also dinged Trump for allegedly not being tough enough on TikTok and China.
The Republican primary candidates continue to be an embarrassing collection of clowns, who are failing to lay a glove on the 2020 election loser, even as Trump has disclosed that his second term would be about revenge and “retribution” using the federal government against his enemies.