Even by Donald Trump’s standards, his big speech on fighting terrorism on Monday was absolutely loaded to the brim with bullsh*t.
During the speech, Trump once again lied about his past opposition to American military interventions, talked about imposing ideological litmus tests for immigrants entering the country, and then shamelessly talked about his love of tolerance.
Let’s go through all the ways Trump’s big speech was completely full of sh*t.
1.) Trump again lied about opposing the Iraq War, as well as American intervention in Libya.
Yes, Trump once again lied about being against the Iraq War from the start, even though he said he supported it back in 2002.
Trump also hit Hillary Clinton’s decision to oust former Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi — despite the fact that he wanted to do the same thing.
“I can’t believe what our country is doing,” said Trump in a video blog in 2011. “Qaddafi in Libya is killing thousands of people, nobody knows how bad it is, and we’re sitting around we have soldiers all over the Middle East, and we’re not bringing them in to stop this horrible carnage and that’s what it is: It’s a carnage.”
And Trump slammed Obama for withdrawing our troops from Iraq, even though in 2008 he said during an interview that he’d “get out of Iraq right now” and wished that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) “would promise to get us out of Iraq faster.”
2.) Trump said he’d impose an ideological litmus test on immigrants that many of his own supporters wouldn’t pass.
Trump said he’d impose a new regimen of “extreme vetting” on immigrants to make sure that none of them support racial bigotry or religious intolerance.
This is particularly rich because many of Trump’s most avid supporters are white supremacists who constantly preach bigotry and intolerance — would Trump bar his pal Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party from entering the country, for example?
And of course, Trump himself has accused a judge of being biased against him due to his ethnicity, and he’s also called for a “complete and total” ban on Muslims entering the country.
“Those who are guests in our country that are preaching hate will be asked to return home immediately,” Trump said during his address.
Any Trump fans here in the U.S. who aren’t citizens at the moment should be feeling very nervous.
3.) Trump praised women’s rights and LGBT rights — while calling President Obama divisive.
You truly cannot make this up: The man who goes around lobbing insults at anyone and everyone has the nerve to call Barack Obama “divisive.”
“We call him The Great Divider,” Trump said on Obama. “It’s the thing he does best.”
Yes, remember when Obama called out Mexican immigrants for being rapists; said that a female reporter was only angry with him because she had blood “coming out of her wherever”; accused an opponent of being soft on immigration because he had a “Mexican” wife; hinted that another opponent’s father might have been involved in killing President Kennedy; and attacked a Gold Star family by hinting that they are secretly Islamic fundamentalists?
And, of course, who could forget the time that Obama spent months claiming that he wasn’t born in the United States and demanding to see his own long-form birth certificate?
That mean Obama sure is a divider, all right!
“We will reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all of its many ugly forms,” Trump said at the end of his speech.
To quote the late George Carlin: “That is what’s known as being stunningly — and embarrassingly — full of sh*t.”