With less than a week to go until one of the most important presidential elections in US history, Donald Trump has delivered one of his weirdest campaign rallies to date.
Speaking to supporters in Bullhead City, Arizona and Goodyear Arizona, where there was little to no evidence of face masks and social distancing measures being in place at both events, Trump spoke for just over two hours combined and it was as rambling and unfocused as ever.
The president covered the usual subjects such as Joe Biden and the coronavirus but he also found times to complain about the weather, joke about sending Nancy Pelosi to Mars, UFC and even have Nigel Farage, yes, Nigel Farage, make a cameo on stage.
Trump kicked things off in Bullhead City by claiming that they already have a vaccine for coronavirus and threw in a casual bit of racism for good measure.
"A safe vaccine is coming very quickly. You're gonna have it momentarily," Trump claims, as if a vaccine will be av… https://t.co/8RLSTxjApG
Trump claims, with no evidence that Biden wants to ban weddings, graduations and Thanksgiving with his lockdown before mocking Californians, claiming that they were as mask that you can't even take off.
Trump claims that Biden wants to ban weddings, graduations, and even Thanksgiving https://t.co/MBVGyHG0YG
Trump displays a unique understanding of the relationships between Kosovo and Serbia and claims that representatives of the two nations were 'hugging and kissing each other' after they struck a deal in the White House.
Trump claims that representatives of Kosovo and Serbia were in the Oval Office "hugging and kissing and saying how… https://t.co/mVOCFrSdqd
While talking about his aspirations to land a woman on the Moon and be the first nation to land on Mars, which are genuinely impressive goals, Trump can't help but make a gag and suggests sending Nancy Pelosi to the red planet.
Trump jokes about sending Nancy Pelosi to Mars https://t.co/DZ3UMX2ZOC
Trump rounds off the speech by taking about the wild west and complaining that he will look like a 'lobster tomorrow' because of the sun.
Arizona is where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday, how about that, became American legends. It’s where the great American West became the American dream, and Arizona is the state where generations of pioneers and prospectors, miners, ranchers, cowboys, and cattle hands, marshals and lawmen tamed the frontier, braved the blazing sun that I’m braving today. I’m just as brave as they are. I’m setting up here. I’ll be like a lobster tomorrow, And showed the entire world how the West was won.
The president then moved on to speak in Goodyear, Arizona which is around 200 miles south of Bullhead to give another speech, which was thankfully a lot shorter.
Trump kicked things off by giving another nickname to Covid-19, this time calling it the 'China Plague.'
We will deliver record prosperity, epic job growth, and a safe vaccine that eradicates the virus, the China Plague is what it is, and quickly end the pandemic. Normal life, which is what we want, we just want normal life, like we had seven months ago. We’ll fully resume, and next year we will be the greatest economic power.
Trump is now complaining that it is too hot but takes time to make a dig at Biden claiming the Democrat needs teleprompters despite the president clearly struggling with the devices at his previous rally.
Trump complains about the weather everywhere he goes https://t.co/i5TTGvE2HC
Trump says another dog whistle to Hispanic voters by claiming that Biden will destory everything they have worked for and attack Catholic organisations with a lockdown and tax hikes.
Joe Biden would obliterate everything Hispanic Americans have worked for, wiping out your small businesses with lock downs and regulations, gutting your police departments, and devastating your families with massive tax hikes.
He will attack Catholic organizations. By the way, Hispanics, generally speaking, don’t like that too much. And ban charter schools fund, extreme late term abortion, and surrender your country to the violent socialist mob.
Trump goes on to talk about Miles Taylor a former Trump official who has been revealed as the person who wrote a 2018 New York Times op-ed about dissension in the White House towards the president. Trump claims that Taylor should be 'prosecuted' for what he wrote and admits that he was worried that it could have been written by anyone from Jared Kushner to Hope Hicks.
Trump, speaking at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport, calls "anonymous" (Miles Taylor) a "sleaze bag" and adds that he w… https://t.co/lRISSRo4lp
Trump goes back to mocking Biden and claims that his opponent doesn't know what the word xenophobic means.
And now he’s always telling me I should have acted quicker except when I closed our country to China, because it was so heavily affected and Europe, he was totally against it. He said I’m xenophobic. I said, “Do me a favor? Give me a definition, Joe.” He couldn’t do that because he had no idea what it meant.
Trump then begins to invite a random selection of people on stage, firstly with Arizona senator Martha McSally, who he beckons on stage in a rather disrespectful way.
Martha McSally makes an appearance https://t.co/rrLRj9eap8
Of all people, Nigel Farage makes an appearance on stage, who Trump calls 'one of the most powerful men in Europe.' The Brexiteer then proceeded to waffle for two minutes about how great he thinks the president is.
Nigel Farage describes Donald Trump as the 'single most resilient and bravest person I've ever met in my life' afte… https://t.co/MxpqkRLh36
After that, Trump went back to his old campaign spiel and, for what must be the hundredth time, Trump claims that 'you can't see' stealth jets.
We will maintain America’s unrivaled military might, and we will ensure peace through strength. That’s what we have. And the 2.5 trillion, all made in the USA, we have the finest missiles and rockets and tanks and submarines and jets, the F-35 stealth. You can’t see it. 'Sir, you can’t see it. That makes it good.' I said, 'I think that makes it good. What do I know?' But I know if you’re the opponent and you can’t see the jet, you know what? You got a little advantage there.
Trump ends his second speech of the day by struggling to say the name of Tucson.
Trump has some trouble with "Tucson" https://t.co/jctMYfZZsV
Mercifully that was the end of Trump's campaign speeches on Wednesday but his schedule shows that he has plenty more rallies lined up between no and election day so we can only imagine what he will say and do between now and then.