Trump Ditches 'Boring' Script at Speaking Event, Crowd Goes Wild


During a speech in West Virginia on Thursday, President Trump thought that his scripted remarks were “boring.” So he ditched them, and gave a speech that bored no one but did ignite plenty of media controversy over his remarks about illegal immigration and its toll on America.

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According to Politico, Trump used the speech at the tax roundtable to reiterate his claim that “millions” of illegal immigrants were voting and implying that people who were trying to come up as part of a caravan that would try and cross the U.S. border were raping women.

The Washington Examiner reported that he tossed the papers containing his prepared remarks at the beginning of the speech.

“It would have taken about two minutes, but what the hell,” Trump said, eliciting laughter from the crowd.

“That would have been a little boring. Little boring. No, I’m reading off the first paragraph and I said, ‘This is boring. Come on.’”

What happened next bored absolutely no one.

He did speak about taxes — Trump claimed that he suggested the GOP call their bill “tax cuts,” noting that “they used to call it tax reform, and for 40 years they couldn’t pass anything and they didn’t know why.” But most of the president’s time was spent speaking on topics like “catch and release,” “chain migration” and sanctuary cities.

Speaking about the caravan, which has been stalled in Mexico, Trump suggested that women have suffered sexual assault during the march north through Mexico toward our southern border.

“Remember my opening remarks at Trump Tower when I opened? Everybody said, ‘Oh, he was so tough.’ I used the word rape,” the president told the audience. “And yesterday it came out and this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before.”

There have been no reports in the media as of yet involving rape in the caravan, although reports of sexual assault during human trafficking aren’t infrequent.

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Trump also doubled down on his claim that the number of people who illegally cast ballots are in the millions.

“In many places like California, the same person votes many times. You’ve probably heard of that,” Trump told the audience.

“They always like to say, ‘Oh, that’s like a conspiracy theory.’ Not a conspiracy theory, folks. Millions and millions of people. And it’s very hard, because the state guards their records. They don’t want to see it.”

A review of illegal voting in America by the Trump administration has been put on the back burner, mostly because of opposition from individual states who declined to cooperate.

However, one of the only academic studies carried out on the subject estimated that up to 800,000 individuals who were not eligible to vote may have illegally voted.

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West Virginia is one of the states that voted most heavily for the president; he won by more than 40 points there and his comments on topics like taxes and illegal immigration likely caused the crowd to go wild.

It probably caused liberals to go wild, too, although in a different sense: he was doubling down on two of his most controversial claims in addition to again bringing the illegal immigration debate back to the fore.

You’re likely to hear a lot about these comments in the next few days and that’s probably what the president wants. Either way, he certainly managed to bore a lot less people than he likely would have with those prepared remarks.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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