Donald Trump was at his scathing best on Thursday in his Make America Great Again rally speech in Great Falls, Montana, where he launched a vicious attack on Elizabeth Warren, repeatedly taking jibes at the Massachusetts Senator’s ancestry.
He also trained his guns on his favorite target – the “fake media”; lashed out at the Justice Department; ridiculed Hillary Clinton; mocked the #MeToo movement; and didn’t even spare his ailing fellow Republicans, John McCain, and George H.W. Bush.
We have compiled, here, the top five nastiest remarks he made at the rally, most of which have been called dangerous by CNN’s Chris Cillizza in his analysis of the man’s controversial Thursday address.
1. Trump launches a racist attack on Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, ridiculing and challenging her Indian heritage
Trump, who rarely misses out on a chance to hit out at Sen. Warren, a Democrat who has been at the receiving end of Trump’s multiple tirades against her Native American lineage, took it to a whole new level of nastiness, this time around.
While the president almost always refers to Warren as “Pocahontas” in a blatantly offensive, openly racist manner, on Thursday he also mocked people who had demanded an apology for his demeaning comment.
“I want to apologize. Pocahontas, I apologize to you. I apologize to you. To you I apologize,” he said with open sarcasm. “To the fake Pocahontas, I won’t apologize.”
He suggested that if Warren were to win the 2020 Democratic nomination, and if they were to debate, he would challenge her to take an ancestry test and would donate a million dollars to her pet charity if the test proved her Native American heritage.
“I’m going to get one of those little kits and in the middle of the debate when she proclaims she’s of Indian heritage because her mother said she has high cheekbones,” he said before a 6,500-strong crowd of cheering and jeering supporters.
He made it a point to trivialize the #MeToo movement, too, as he continued his verbal assault on the Democrat.
“We will take that little kit and say — and we have to do it gently because we’re in the Me Too generation, so we have to be very gentle — and we will very gently take that kit and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm even though it probably only weighs two ounces. And we will say, ‘I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity paid for by Trump if you take the test, and it shows you’re an Indian,” he said.
“I have a feeling she will say no,” he added.
Warren responded to his comments with a tweet, suggesting that he would be better off fixing the lives he’s destroying and while he remained fixated on her ancestry, his team was busy “conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order.”
Hey, @realDonaldTrump: While you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order. Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you're destroying.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) July 5, 2018
“This was supposed to be an event to honor heroes, people who put it all on the line for our country, who, because of their incredible work, saved the lives of countless Americans and our allies,” Warren told MSNBC during an interview with the news channel.
“It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur,” the senator added.
2. Trump slams Montana Senator Jon Tester for voting against his party’s health care plan and other Republican initiatives
Trump took Tester to the cleaners, well, at least in his own opinion and that of his supporters, accusing the Democrat senator of double standards.
“Jon Tester says one thing when he is in Montana, but I will tell you he does the exact opposite when he goes to Washington,” said the president.
“You deserve a senator who doesn’t just talk like he is from Montana, you deserve a senator who actually votes like he is from Montana,” he added.
He said it was time to take him out of the picture because “a vote for Jon Tester is a vote for Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and the new leader of the Democrat Party Maxine Waters.”
He also rebuked the man for voting against the Republican move to repeal the Affordable Care Act; for not supporting a major tax cuts bill; for opposing Trump’s inhumane immigration policies; and for not backing Neil Gorusch – Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.
“You wouldn’t think he’d play very well out here. How did he get elected?” Trump asked, rhetorically. “You can right your wrong in November.”
3. Trump was his usual vitriolic self in attacking the media
The fact that a gunman mowed down five journalists at a Maryland newspaper office, just a week ago, made no difference to Trump, as he renewed his derision of the media with comments like “fake news,” “bad people” and “so damn dishonest.”
“They’re fake,” he said, pointing at the press area. “These are really bad people.”
He accused the media of attributing fake news to unnamed sources, indicating that it was a regular ploy by the press to justify made-up news.
“They’re fake. They’re fake. They quote sources — ‘A source within the Trump organization said’ — a source. They don’t have a source,” he mocked.
President Trump appears to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren, revisiting "Pocahontas" nickname and referencing the #MeToo movement during a rally in Montana. https://t.co/XCOPvwTKIT pic.twitter.com/rjv8CHS8wY
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 5, 2018
4. Trump questions the intelligence of Maxine Waters’, calling her a “low IQ individual”
“Democrats want anarchy. They really do. And they don’t know who they are playing with, folks,” Trump said.
“I said it the other day, yes, she is a low IQ individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. I mean, honestly, she is somewhere in the mid-60s. I believe that” Trump said about the elected representative of the United States House of Representatives for California’s 29th congressional district.
His attack on the Waters’ intelligence, which is, of course, being looked at as racially motivated, is the not the first of its kind, though.
Trump had taken a shot at the African American congresswoman’s intelligence as recently as earlier this month, at the Gridiron Club dinner, where he said she should take an IQ test.
Waters’ had called it a racist comment while speaking to Joy Ann Reid on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.”
“I certainly expected him to come out with some racist remarks about me,” she said.
“So he did exactly what I expected him to do. And, by the way, I’m told he wasn’t funny at all,” she quipped.
Speaking to CNN in October last year, Waters had said she didn’t think Trump was worthy of the high office he held and that she wanted to impeach the man.
“Everybody knows that I’m on the front lines not talking about harming anybody but I am talking about impeachment,” she told CNN.
“I don’t think this President should be representing our country … he creates controversy, he cannot get along with our members of Congress, and I’m going to continue my efforts to impeach him.”
5. Trump undermines Hillary Clinton and the Justice Department
CNN’s Cillizza has correctly noted that Trump’s constant criticism of the Justice Department can set a dangerous precedent in so far as people’s perception of the agency is concerned.
“When the President of the United States insists the Justice Department is biased and can’t be trusted, it erodes one of the long-standing pillars of civil society,” Cillizza wrote.
Amid chants of “lock her up” from a, rather prejudiced gathering, Trump said, “She gets special treatment under the Justice Department. … Sorry. Sorry. Sorry. Sorry. She gets special treatment under the Justice Department,” obviously, referring to none other than Hillary Clinton – one of many the president loves to hate.