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Trump is doing a rally with Ted Cruz in Houston. Tweets in this thread.
Eric Trump comes out, begins by boasting of their libs-triggering: "We are driving the Democrats absolutely nuts...It is so much fun to watch." (Don't worry will not live-tweet Eric.)
Ted Cruz is getting his own pre-Trump speech rather than the usual mid-speech pop-in Trump gives most candidates. He begins, "God bless Texas. And God bless President Donald Trump."
Ted Cruz says these are the choices in the election: "Do we defend freedom or do we give in to tyranny? Do we embrace jobs or do we give in to mobs?"
Ted Cruz says the Rockets are "going all the way this year." Fact check:
Cruz has touted various policies on which he has stood with Trump, then moved to attacking Beto O'Rourke at greater length, painting his views on Israel, the border wall, ICE, and other issues as out of touch with Texas.
Cruz introduces Trump. They do a handshake/half-embrace/Trump-grabs-Cruz's-side-thing. Cruz walks off.
"This is some record crowd. They just told me we broke the record," Trump says, not specifying what record.
Trump is recounting the ups and downs of his relationship with Cruz. "Nobody has helped me more," he says.
Trump says there are about "50,000 people" outside the arena. Anyone out there right now? (It's easier to fact-check this immediately than to wait.)
Trump keeps talking about the tax cut nobody else including his aides knows anything about: "We're going to be putting in a 10% tax cut for middle-income tax families...Kevin Brady is working on it...all middle-income people, a big tax cut...we'll be putting it in next (week?)."
Yes - adding to the comedy of the Mystery Tax Cut was that Trump twice suddenly began to mumble when he said when he was doing this tax cut.
"I think the Democrats had something to do with it, and now they're saying, I think we made a big mistake," Trump lies of the migrant caravan.
Trump lies that he is getting a "third billion-six" for his wall. There was $1.6B for non-wall border projects for 2018, and there's a second $1.6B under discussion for next year for non-wall projects, but there is no third $1.6B.
Trump, praising Cruz's conduct during the Kavanaugh battle, says Cruz did a "beautiful job staring down an angry left-wing mob."
Trump lies that he's appointed a higher percentage of federal judges than any president but George Washington. From last month:
Trump says it's especially great that he's gotten to appoint two SCOTUS justices, because "many" presidents don't even get to appoint one. Only four haven't gotten to appoint one, including two who died early in their terms.
There is a loud CNN Sucks chant, then the crowd applauds itself. "Don't worry, I don't like 'em either," Trump says.
Trump is calling on "the fake news to finally investigate Hillary Clinton." The crowd interrupts him mid-sentence with a roar and a raucous LOCK HER UP chant.
Trump, as usual, lies that he's eliminated the estate tax - the tax law merely raised the threshold - and misleadingly suggests the tax has a big impact on family farms and small businesses; they represented a tiny fraction of the estate tax-payers.
Trump says four times that he approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines on "day one" of his presidency. He advanced them four days into his term, but didn't approve Dakota for three weeks, Keystone for two months.
Trump touts Merkel's decision to open up Germany to U.S. gas. He claims America is newly respected again. "We're putting America first. It hasn't happened for a lot of decades...we're taking care of ourselves for a change, folks."
Trump: "You know what a globalist is, right? A globalist is a person who wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much." He calls himself "a nationalist." There is a U-S-A chant.
Trump boasts of his extraordinarily low popularity in Pew polling around the world. He says, "I said, of course I'm unpopular with foreign nations, because we're not letting them rip us off anymore, folks."
Trump lies: "But I'm one of the most popular presidents in this country, and that's good. In OUR country." No.
Trump lies that there were some good polls for him but the media outlets who paid for the polls didn't want to release them and tried to suppress them because they were good for him. "Fake news," he concludes.
Trump with I think a new line: "The Democrats are a big risk to the American family, and our country cannot afford to take those kinds of risks." He repeats his claim that this is an election about Kavanaugh, "the caravan," "law and order," "tax cuts," and "common sense."
Trump: "Ted's opponent in this race is a stone-cold phony named Robert Francis O'Rourke."
Yes, he's saying this at a rally for Rafael Edward Cruz.
Trump mocks O'Rourke for (supposedly, I'm not sure) saying immigrant gang members are "people" and not "animals": "They carve you up with a knife, but they're people."
Trump is just saying Maxine Waters's name repeatedly. "Low-IQ individual. She's low-IQ," he repeats. Again, he does not talk about any member of Congress this way other than an outspoken Black woman.
Trump, talking Warren, says repeatedly that he "can't call her Pocahontas" because she has no "Indian blood," though that is not what the test showed. Then, without explanation, he says he will indeed keep calling her Pocahontas. This continues to make no sense.
Trump says he doesn't understand why he'd lose the House with such a good economy, though presidents' parties usually suffer in the midterms. He adds: "History's against us, but the facts are all with us."
Trump says Make America Great Again is the best slogan ever, while Hillary Clinton's slogan was "stupid."
Trump on Hurricane Harvey, which killed dozens in Texas: "Did we help you with that lousy hurricane?...That sucker...That was brutal...It was taunting us. Have you ever been taunted?" He said he was upset because "I'm paying for that."
Sorry, had to run for a bit. Came back to a Sir story. I trust the last five minutes were enlightening.
Trump is doing his usual very inaccurate impression of Dianne Feinstein's response to John Cornyn asking her if she leaked the Blasey Ford letter.
Trump on a Texas infrastructure project: "Would you name it the Trump Dam, please? Name it the Trump Dam...It's beautiful, it's big, it's expensive...I want...nah, I'm only kidding. I did not ask him that."
I gotta go, have fun everyone
One more because it’s important: Trump, bringing back a major and important lie, says illegal immigrants are voting in large numbers in California: “They vote anyway. They’re not supposed to.”
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