The "big announcement" that Donald Trump has been teasing for several weeks was unveiled Tuesday night before an audience of glassy-eyed cult devotees at Mar-a-Lago. It was a decidedly anti-climactic affair given that everyone knew what he was going to say, they'd all heard it many times before, and it was delivered with the energy of a sedated sloth.
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Nevertheless, the Trump-fluffers on Fox News were exhilarated by his tedious performance. Dispelling the notion that Trump had lately fallen out of favor with the Fox News fascistas, the reaction to his campaign kick-off speech was drenched with unabashed adulation.
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Trump's speech was reminiscent of his inaugural "American Carnage" address that painted the nation in a starkly depressing hue. It's the same spectrum of hellishness that colors almost all of Trump's visions of America, other than the utopian autocracy with him at the helm. And it was that vision that excited the Fox News crew.
While Fox News carried the first forty minutes of Trump's hour-plus long speech, they broke into it so that Sean Hannity and his guests could tell their audience just how magnificent what they were watching was. It began with the co-host of Fox and Friends, Pete Hegseth, gushing that "This looks like Trump in as good a form as you have ever seen him." That was followed by Hannity regurgitating an extended segment of the speech wherein he asserted that "Americans are suffering pain, hardship, anxiety, and despair." Then he threw it to Fox News contributor, Mike Huckabee, for this mushy commentary (the video doesn’t load on dKos, but you can see it here)...
"Sean, the construct of the speech is pitch perfect. If he keeps on like this tonight, he is unbeatable in 2024. Nobody can touch him. Not a Republican, not a Democrat. [...] I'm telling you, this was an absolutely brilliant speech, the best I've heard him give in a long time. And he stays on this message, I agree with Pete, he stays and keeps it between the ditches, and this focus, he's unbeatable."
Seriously? If these people really think that this Trump speech is going to propel him to electoral victory in 2024, they are terminally delusional. This is precisely the sort of dreadful dialogue that resulted in Trump losing in 2020. It's why 65% of registered voters don't want him to run in 2024. And it's why he failed to produce the fabled "red wave" in 2022.
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Trump's speech was just more of the same tiresome bombast that he excretes incessantly at his cult rallies. He bragged about accomplishments that never occurred (border wall, jobs, economy, foreign policy). He falsely claimed success in the midterms. He floated a new conspiracy about his having lost in 2020, saying that "Many people think that China played a very active role in the 2020 election."
Of course, Trump also ranted about how Democrats have destroyed the imaginary utopia that he thinks he left behind. He even repeated his paranoid delusions of being spied on by the FBI.
For some reason Trump left out any mention of the many crimes he committed, and the ongoing criminal and civil investigations (so helpfully enumerated by Hannity here). He didn't mention the deadly insurrection he incited at the Capitol. He didn't acknowledge the litigation against him for tax fraud in New York and election interference in Georgia.
However, in his whining about how awful America is, he noted that it was plagued by “blood-soaked streets” in “cesspool cities." And he declared that he has "no doubt that it's going to get worse." That's the same line he recently used at his cult rally where he fear mongered that "the streets of our once great cities are drenched in the blood of innocent victims."
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And all of that is what the cretins at Fox News regard as the sort of inspiring oratory that will guarantee Trump's return to the White House. But only if he can stay on message. Which is not a skill that he is known for, to put in mildly.
The Foxies think that because Trump didn't dwell on his "Big Lie" that the 2020 election was "rigged" and "stolen" from him, as he usually does, that he's abandoned it. But rest assured that he will return to that theme before long. He can't help it.
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