President Donald Trump spoke to chemical workers in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The speech was supposed to be about energy, but it quickly went off the rails.
Though he was there on an official presidential visit, not a campaign event, that didn’t stop him from using the slur “Pocahontas” to refer to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), telling the workers to “make sure we win” in the 2020 presidential election, or from joking about the possibility of there being no election at all.
As tends to be necessary, CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale was typing his fingers to the bone correcting Trump's numerous misstatements.
Trump says, looking back at the media in the room, "That's a lot of people back there for like an 11 o'clock speech." It is 2:40 PM.— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1565721629.0
Trump falsely suggests that the US only exports "wheat" to Japan, then says Japan doesn't even want the wheat it bu… https://t.co/X48Sn4YrYw— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1565720888.0
Trump said that most people here probably don't know he's from New York.— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1565723074.0
But it was the person who retweeted his facts that began garnering attention. Husband to presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, lawyer George Conway amplified Dale's fact-checking multiple times with a word we were all thinking:
wut https://t.co/BFXWyzfh9B— George Conway (@George Conway)1565734239.0
wut https://t.co/3wnII3lyhE— George Conway (@George Conway)1565734078.0
wut https://t.co/MVaPdEM97K— George Conway (@George Conway)1565734007.0
People couldn't agree more.
@gtconway3d I wonder if all the different voices in Trumps head sometimes go, WTF did he just say 🤷♂️🤦♂️— Samir (@Samir)1565734288.0
@gtconway3d He’s nuts...getting worse by the day.— Judie Bessette (@Judie Bessette)1565737004.0
@gtconway3d Don’t overthink it. Just don’t. You’ll hurt yourself.— Paul Everitt (@Paul Everitt)1565775525.0
@gtconway3d He’s sounding like a standup comedian from Laugh In. Lives in Bizarro world.— TLynn S.... (@TLynn S....)1565738319.0
@gtconway3d Good grief— sara smirks (@sara smirks)1565734221.0
Despite being the husband to one of the president's most devoted mouthpieces, Conway has long been a critic of the president, calling him racist and insane. He's never publicly called out Kellyanne Conway for her unwavering endorsements of him, however.
The speech was practically indiscernible from one of Trump's rallies, yielding incendiary moments of intolerance or incoherence or both; moments that should be memorable, but will only flow further down a river of dastardly rhetoric until they're downstream of our collective memory, replaced by the latest gaffe or bigoted display that leaves us all asking?"