January 30, 2023

Trump just held a wild rally in Cincinnati. Here are the lowlights.

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A rally like the one that Donald Trump is holding in Cincinnati tonight is like a Rorschach test. One’s own individual psychology determines how you interpret the president’s performance.


For the teams of rabid Trump supporters, it mattered little how bigoted, cruel, and totally false the words spewing from the stream of limited consciousness in the president’s mind may have been. They were going to hoot and holler all the same since they were members of his tribe — true believers for whom Trump can do no wrong, so completely have they drained the flasks of noxious Kool-Aid.

For everyone else, however, Trump’s performance at tonight’s event was as toxic as any of his rallies ever get.

Trump began his free-associative rant with comments on last night’s Democratic debate that set the offensive political tone of the evening.

Yes, anyone who’s heard Trump’s remarks at one rally will surely encounter many of the president’s greatest hits as he relies on his tried and true deplorable-tested applause lines.

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Trump milks the crowd as he attacks his opponents, teasing them by declining to name the Democratic-controlled cities that he considers to be “infested” as he sarcastically claims that he doesn’t want to court controversy.

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After a brief interruption by a protestor brave enough to wade into the sea of wretched regressives with a banner that read “Immigrants Built America”, Trump continued to fulfill Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agenda by engaging in even more divisive rhetoric aimed at the Democratic opposition.

In case anyone thought that days worth of criticism of his assault on Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) would prevent him from doubling down on his attacks, Trump quickly disabused them of that notion.

And what Trump rally would be complete without this golden oldie.

Trump seems oblivious to the fact that he seems to hate America more than anyone he accuses of doing so until you realize that he is speaking of two different Americas — the white nationalist version that he is defending and the rest of the country that he so obviously despises.

Of course, no Trump rally would be complete without the ceremonial mocking of an opponent or disabled person. Tonight’s target was an old favorite: Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump is now so casual about obstructing justice, that he is openly flaunting it in front of his supporters who seem to not have the sense to understand how devastating his mockery of the American legal system and the president’s contempt for the rule of law truly is.

Proving why he never became a professor of history, Trump next couldn’t even pretend to have read the Cliff Notes version of modern Russian history with his explanation of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

After a perfunctory blow towards one of the likely Democratic opponents he will face in 2020, Trump foolishly derided the intelligence of immigrants as his own moronic intellect was on full display.

How could a Trump rally be complete without false promises and laying claim to kudos that he doesn’t deserve?

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A cure for cancer would be wonderful, but the Trump administration efforts in court to repeal protections for patients’ pre-existing conditions means that even if this miraculously became true, most people wouldn’t have the insurance to cover the treatment.

All bad things must come to an end, so Trump finally relinquished the podium, but not before one last burst of propaganda.

There you have it folks, Trump’s Cincinnatti rally condensed for your viewing pleasure (or disgust).

Thanks to Aaron Rupar for his tireless work posting video clips from C-Span to Twitter to make our quick summary possible.

Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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