*“I’m here for you,” he lied.
And then Donald Trump, speaking at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona on August 22, got busy doing the single thing he does best: Lie.
He lied about the size of the crowd outside the Phoenix Convention Center protesting his presence in Phoenix.
He lied about the number of jobs created since he’s been in office. He lied about the ratings of CNN and characterized the news coverage of that channel, ABC News (“Little George Stephanopoulos,” he said, mocking the ABC broadcaster), the New York Times and the Washington Post as dishonest and evil.
He lied about his lies.
He spoke for more than half an hour alone about the media’s chiding of his words regarding Charlottesville, lying by omission about what he initially said in response to those tragic events.
He sent (yet another) message of support to the nation’s assorted white supremacist organizations by intimating that officials taking down Confederate statutes are trying to take away the “culture” and “history” of racists.
He berated Congress. Without calling their names, he berated fellow Republican politicians John McCain and Jeff Flake.
He inferred that he’ll pardon Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who was found guilty of criminal contempt for defying a state judge’s order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected undocumented immigrants.
After almost an hour of his wildly ridiculous rant, you could see that even his audience of sheep were becoming bored and confused.
And most shameful of all: he told these lies and demonstrated this remarkably destructive, narcissistic behavior while standing behind the seal of the President of the United States.
From the beginning of his campaign, I’ve said what many people have said—-that Donald Trump is mentally ill. Seriously. This man has a problem. His “speech” in Phoenix is yet more irrefutable proof that this man has got to go.
In a minute, we might not even need Mueller.
Steven Ivory, veteran journalist, essayist and author, writes about popular culture for magazines, newspapers, radio, TV and the Internet. Respond to him via [email protected]