At around 11:30 a.m. on Friday morning, after a brief intro, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave possibly the shortest speech of his career. He concluded the speech by saying “President Obama was born in the U.S., period. Now we want to get back to making America strong and great again. Thank you very much.”
The micro-speech came after hours of buildup and left many observers stunned and consensus quickly formed that the event was really just an excuse for the former reality TV star to shill his new hotel.
— Matt Haze (@MattHaze) September 16, 2016
That Trump speech was the purest rendition of The Aristocrats ever performed
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 16, 2016
absolutely speechless after this Trump speech
— Adam DeAngelis (@whatadam) September 16, 2016
So how many people are recording the news to watch later and will skip the Trump speech thinking it's still part of the commercial break?
— Tin Pangolin (@TinPangolin) September 16, 2016
CNN finally pulls back from live infomercial of Trump hotel/rally, conceding they were misled. @jaketapper calls it a "RickRoll."
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) September 16, 2016
The spectacle that we just saw was an embarrassment to American democracy
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) September 16, 2016
— bmaggiemay (@bmaggiemay) September 16, 2016
So Trump just manipulated cable TV to give him free air time, then lied about origins of his birther libel against Obama.
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) September 16, 2016
Trump didn't finish the birther movement. It was finished August 4, 1961.
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) September 16, 2016
Trying to convince the media that Trump is scamming them is like trying to explain to your parents what an email scam is.
— Steven Schapansky (@Legopolis) September 16, 2016
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 16, 2016
Trump is such a terrible, terrible person.
— Bill Damon (@billdamon) September 16, 2016