In a desperate bid to scare voters ahead of midterms, Trump unleashed a fit of rage from inside the White House Thursday.
In a presidential address that was anything but presidential, Trump on Thursday afternoon unleashed a fit of lies and anti-immigrant rage straight from the White House and onto the TV screens of millions of Americans.
The address, which was essentially a regurgitation of the same unhinged rhetoric he spews at campaign rallies, came just a day after Trump tweeted out an inflammatory video that was widely condemned as even worse than the notoriously racist Willie Horton campaign ad.
Trump kicked off the speech by stoking fears about the so-called "caravan" of asylum-seekers slowly making their way north from Central America, which has become his go-to talking point in the weeks leading up to midterms.
"Some people call it an invasion," Trump said, referring to his own preferred terminology for the asylum-seekers.
"This isn't an innocent group of people," he continued, claiming without evidence that the migrants have "injured" and "attacked" scores of Mexican police officers and troops.
He then railed against our current immigration laws, blaming the so-called "crisis" on Democrats, despite the fact that Republicans control both chamber of Congress and the White House.
While the address was billed as a policy speech, Trump didn't actually introduce any new policies as promised. Instead, he stuck by his usual script of incoherent ranting, apocalyptic fear-mongering, and unhinged conspiratorial rhetoric.
At one point, Trump floated a conspiracy theory about outside groups funding the so-called "caravan," saying "there's a lot of professionalism" involved in the journey. "There seems to be a lot of money passing," he added.
That's the same conspiracy theory that reportedly motivated the gunman who carried out the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history just five days ago.
In a particularly dark moment of the speech, Trump hinted that he may allow U.S. troops to shoot at people trying to cross the border, absurdly claiming that getting hit with a rock is just as bad as getting shot.
As usual, the entire speech was meant to stoke fear, since appealing to voters' primal emotions is all Trump knows how to do.
With midterms just days away, Trump is more desperate than ever. And since he has no accomplishments to brag about, he is now boxed into a corner, peddling a constant stream of anti-immigrant propaganda and yelling things about "open borders," "caravans," "catch and release," and "bad guys."
For someone who claims to have the "best words," he sure can't seem to find many new ones.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.