August 17, 2022

Trump just went off the rails with a bizarre speech at a Pennsylvania Shell Oil plant

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President Trump gave one of his frothing cryptofascist speeches at a Shell Oil plant in Pennslyvania today and it turned out exactly as bonkers as we have come to expect from this unhinged ignoramus. CNN’s Daniel Dale tweeted out a running report on the president’s comments and some of them are truly bizarre, even by Trumpian standards.


True to mendacious form, the president started off by inflating his electoral victory in 2016 by claiming that he beat Hillary Clinton by 28 points in the county where the Shell plant in question is located. Dale provided an immediate fact-check: Trump actually won the county by 18 points.

It was all downhill from there.

Donald Trump is a man known for his incredibly short attention span and he soon moved on to a completely unrelated topic: trucks. Sounding for all the world like a toddler, the president explained how he has “loved trucks” since he was four-years-old and that he still loves them. Why exactly he thinks this little factoid is worth sharing is anyone’s guess, but it’s in close keeping with his increasingly rambling, borderline senile rhetorical style.

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The president went on to once again float the idea of his serving an unconstitutional third or fourth term as president, telling those in attendance that it would drive the media “totally crazy” if they could manage to get a third or fourth term suggestion trending with hashtags. While he once again played the idea off as a joke, the fact that he keeps bringing it up is unsettling. In some ways, it feels like a test balloon, like he is slowly acclimating the country to the idea to see if it might be viable in the future.

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One of the stranger bits of Trump’s speech had to do with Japan. He said the U.S. ally only imports wheat from the United States (which is patently false) and he said that they only do it to “make us feel good.” The utterly nonsensical theory probably makes sense in his feverish addled mind,  but to those of us still inhabiting planet Earth, it’s beyond reasonable comprehension.

At one point Trump reportedly said that China doesn’t have “oil and gas,” something which is obviously untrue. Again, it’s unclear what he was trying to get across with such a blatant lie, but it doesn’t sound like the words of a well man.

Trump also appeared to have no clue what time it was during his speech.

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President Trump tried to take credit for one of the Obama administration’s achievements, something which he has done over and over again.

The president’s peculiar vendetta against wind power popped up as well as he decided to showcase his staggering ignorance about energy. The man is an absolute laughingstock, and watching these clips is almost painful when one considers how far the presidency has fallen.


Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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