Trump’s kicked off his campaign rally tour this week – which means a lot of opportunities for him to stick his foot in his mouth and insult a lot of people along the way.
That’s exactly what he did, from visiting Kenosha, Minnesota and insulting local business owners, to saying bizarre things about plastic straws and Wendy’s.
It was hard to pick but here are seven of the weirdest and strangest things that Trump has said and done this week.
1. He suggested that people should try to vote twice
Trump has been obsessed with mail-in voting and voter fraud, despite the fact that it doesn’t happen very often.
In North Carolina, he bizarrely told people to vote once by mail, and to also go and vote in person too. He said:
Well, they'll go out and they'll go vote, and they're going to have to go and check their vote by going to the poll and voting that way, because if it tabulates, then they won't be able to do that.
So, let them send it in, and let them go vote, and if the system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won't be able to vote. If it isn't tabulated, they won't be able to vote. So that's the way it is. And that's what they should do.
Whatever that means to him, it seems like he was telling people to vote twice, even saying to send in their ballots “solicited or unsolicited.”
He repeated these comments in Pennsylvania, where he said that supporters should “follow” their ballots if they’re not tabulated.
2. He claimed that plane loads of rioters were being flown in to sow unrest
In an interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News, Trump claimed that he knew of people who had been on planes with “thugs wearing dark uniforms, black uniforms with gear and this and that” – which even prompted Ingraham to ask, understandably: “What?”
Trump elaborated by saying:
I’ll tell you sometime. But it’s under investigation right now. But they came from a certain city, and this person was coming to the Republican National Convention, and there were like seven people on the plane like this person, and then a lot of people were on the plane to do big damage … The money is coming from some very stupid, rich people.
He seems to be referring to the theory of ‘outside agitators’ which claims that people are being bussed and flown in from all over the US to cause unrest in cities that have recently had massive protests over police brutality and racial injustice. But this theory isn’t substantiated, and no one else has reported it to be true.
Then he doubled down when speaking to reporters, and said:
A person was on a plane, said there were about six people like that person, more or less, and what happened is the entire plane filled up with the looters, the anarchists, the rioters, people that obviously were looking for trouble …This was a firsthand account of a plane going from Washington to wherever.
3. He staged a 'fake' photo-op with a business owner in Kenosha
A camera shop in Kenosha was burned down during protests earlier this week – Trump ignored pleas from the governor to stay away, and visited several parts of the town.
The owner of the shop, Tom Gram, refused to take part in a photo-op so Trump’s team simply got the previous owner and implied that he was the current owner and stand in his place.
Trump referred to John Rode III as the current owner.
4. He defended the teenager who is accused of killed two people
Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide after allegedly firing a long gun at three Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, killing two and injuring another.
Trump refused to condemn him, saying that Rittenhouse “probably would have been killed” himself if he hadn’t shot his gun.
That was an interesting situation. You saw the same tape as I saw. He was trying to get away from them, I guess, looks like. And he fell and then they very violently attacked him. And it was something that we're looking at right now, and it's under investigation, but I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed. It's under investigation.
According to a criminal complaint, Rittenhouse prowled the streets in Kenosha with an AR-15-style rifle on Tuesday before clashing with protesters outside a car dealership, where Joseph Rosenbaum was shot dead.
5. He compared police brutality to golfers who miss a 3-foot putt.