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.
From Conservative Tribune:
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.
Trump when on to speak about illegal voting in California, assuring everyone that “millions and millions” of illegal votes had been cast in the state. If there’s one thing that Trump has never done, it’s been one to not speak his mind. And in this case, he has everyone talking.