President Donald Trump attempted to energize his Republican base ahead of a Pennsylvania special election, talking up the plan for tariffs on steel imports, criticizing the media and Democrats, and praising the concept of the death penalty for drug dealers. The White House said that Trump had expressed interest in Singapore's policy of executing drug dealers.
Holding court in front of an adoring and energized crowd, Trump went off script.
Trump referred to Lamb as "Lamb the sham".
The rest was pure, unadulterated and unfiltered Trump.
As is typical at any Trump rally, the president delighted in relitigating the 2016 election-and, also typically, got key facts wrong.
He called an African-American congresswoman a "very low-IQ individual" and bashed the moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press" as a "sleeping son of a bitch". Rick Saccone will be a great, great congressman. And in a district that, though he won by 20 points in 2016, is now a swing district? He said that he'd "love to beat Oprah" and that he knows "her weakness". "A little hard to sell tickets when you think you're going to be nuked", Trump joked.
TRUMP: Then I get up in the morning.
Todd, whom Trump derided throughout the campaign as "sleepy eyes Chuck Todd", responded to Mnuchin with a deadpan tone. This - I hate to put this pressure on you, Rick.
Did Trump return to focusing on Saccone and providing detailed and compelling reasons to support him?
Trump also said he hoped to run for reelection against Democrat Oprah Winfrey, although the entertainer has ruled out a run.
The top headlines from JournalStar.com. All this is Trump fulfilling his desperate and personal need to both entertain and be loved even if it comes at the expense of the GOP candidate he was there to endorse.
DETROW: And he told the crowd he needs Republicans to do it. Democrat Conor Lamb may be conservative, Trump said.
Trump acknowledged Saturday that his idea might have dissenters.
Keep in mind the last person Trump offered a similar "endorsement speech" for was Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. The move came just days before his expected rally on Saturday in the heart of steel country. Trump namechecked two California congresswomen, raising the warning of a Democrat-controlled House. But he'll likely vote with the Democrats most of the time.
As for where that 52 percent came from, that figure was actually the percentage of white women who voted for him.
While praising Saccone - "this guy can really help me" - Trump spent more time attacking Lamb.
At the rally, Trump also revealed what he said will be the replacement for "Make America Great Again" during a rally for a Republican congressional candidate in Pennsylvania where he lambasted several potential Democratic rivals, including Vermont Sen.
Trump faulted his predecessors in the Oval Office beginning with President Obama and going back to Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for failing to rid North Korea of its nuclear capabilities.