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The 51 most outlandish lines from Donald Trump’s announcement speech




Donald Trump made it official Tuesday night: He is running for president again.

He announced his candidacy at Mar-a-Lago in a speech that ran more than an hour. I went through the transcript and pulled out the lines you need to see.

1. “There has never been anything like it, this great movement of ours. Never been anything like it, and perhaps there will never be anything like it again.”


Modesty, thy name is Donald Trump. And away we go!

2. “Together we built the greatest economy in the history of the world.”

This is an oldie-but-goodie from Trump’s 2020 stump speech. And it’s still not true.

3. “Many people think that because of this, China played a very active role in the 2020 election. Just saying.”

Trump here is suggesting that because his administration was hard on China that China somehow meddled in the 2020 election. There isn’t – as you probably already guessed – any evidence to back up that claim.

4. “The vicious ISIS caliphate, which no president was able to conquer, was decimated by me and our great warriors in less than three weeks.”

“By me.”

5. “And yet I’ve gone decades, decades without a war. The first president to do it for that long a period.”

Er, he was president for four years. So …

6. “Now we are a nation in decline. We are a failing nation.”


7. “Our southern border has been erased and our country is being invaded by millions and millions of unknown people, many of whom are entering for a very bad and sinister reason. And you know what that reason is.”

I actually don’t know what that reason is.

8. “The blood-soaked streets of our once-great cities are cesspools of violent crimes.”

Um …

9. “And Ukraine, which would have never happened if I were your president.”

This harks back to what Trump said during the 2016 Republican National Convention: “I alone can fix it.”

10. “Thanks to the words of wisdom, he said ‘thank you’ to the wrong country for inviting him to a major summit.”

Joe Biden made a verbal flub recently at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit, thanking the prime minister of Colombia when he meant Cambodia.

11. “You cannot mention the nuclear word. It’s too devastating.”

He just mentioned it.

12. “Under Biden and the radical Democrats, America has been mocked, derided and brought to its knees, perhaps like never before.”

This is a central theme of Trumpism and is likely to be a major talking point on the 2024 campaign trail. He is creating an image of America as a supplicant, begging other countries for things when we should be dominating them. He ran on that same message, to considerable effect, in 2016.

13. “I believe the American people will overwhelmingly reject the left’s platform of national ruin.”

Democrats are running on a platform of “national ruin”?

14. “Much criticism is being placed on the fact that the Republican Party should have done better. And frankly, much of this blame is correct.”

To be clear: Trump doesn’t accept any blame for what happened in the midterm elections. He is saying here that people blaming other Republicans for the party’s performance are right.

15. “I do want to point out that in the midterms, my endorsement success rate was 232 wins and only 22 losses.”

Like I said, he doesn’t accept any blame. It’s also worth pointing out here that Trump endorsed a lot of Republican candidates who were heavy favorites – padding his win-loss record.

16. “This is an elegant night and an elegant place.”

“Elegant” is one word for it.

17. “I’m not going to use the term ‘fake news media.’ So we’re going to keep it very elegant.”

He just used the term. And I am going to start keeping things “very elegant” from here on out.

18. “Despite the outcome in the Senate, we cannot lose hope and we must all work very hard for a gentleman and a great person named Herschel Walker.”

Many leading Republicans, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, had urged Trump to delay his 2024 announcement until after the Georgia Senate runoff election on December 6. Trump, um, did not take that advice.

19. “I said, ‘If you just keep a little bit lower standard, you’re going to have a big victory.’”

This is Trump trying to spin the election results – in which Republicans drastically underperformed expectations – into a victory.

20. “There are a lot of bad things, like going to Idaho and saying, ‘Welcome to the state of Florida, I really love it.’”

Trump appears to be referring to a false 2020 report on a satirical website that Biden confused Iowa and Idaho. That story has been debunked.

21. “In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”


22. “Some people say, ‘How do you speak before so many people all the time?’ When there’s love in the room, it’s really easy, if you want to know the truth.”

Do people really say that?

23. “If you look at the numbers, if you look at what’s happened with Hispanic, with African American, with Asian, and just look at what’s happening.”

Um …

24.” This will not be my campaign. This will be our campaign.”

This is a good line. Probably Trump’s best of the speech.

25. “And we love both sides.”

Trump spent the bulk of his speech up until this point declaring that Democrats have run the country into the ground. And yet, he loves them?

26. “We’re going to unify people. And it was happening in the previous administration, previous to the previous.”

“Previous to the previous.”

27. “Prior to Covid coming in, the people were calling me. … You wouldn’t believe it, people that were so far-left, I figured they’d never speak to me and I would never speak to them.”

Trump seems to be claiming here that very liberal people were calling him, pre-Covid, to tell him what an amazing job he was doing. Which, well, probably not.

28. “We call it the China virus.”

He calls it the “China virus.”

29. ” So, from now until Election Day, and 2024 which will come very quickly, we’ll go look at how time flies.”

Uh … just 720 days to go!

30. “And I say that not in laughter, I say that in tears.”

“I really can’t say, I guess I laugh to keep from crying.” – Q Tip

31. “We don’t want to be critics. We don’t want to be complainers. I never wanted to be a critic.”

He said this with a straight face.

32. “Everybody will agree with us because everybody sees what a bad job has been done during this two-year period, and it will be a four-year period.”

By 2024, everyone will agree with Trump!

33. “I didn’t need this. I had a nice easy life.”

This is a regular Trump refrain. The notion is that he is only running because the problems facing the country are so great and only he can fix them. That his campaign is somehow a selfless act.

34. “I was with President Xi, who’s now president for life. I call him ‘king.’ He said, ‘No, no, I’m not the king.’ I said, ‘Yes, you are the king. You’re president for life. It’s the same thing.’”

Trump’s admiration for someone who can be “president for life” comes through here loud and clear.

35. “Nobody’s remembering her now.”

Trump is talking here about former German Chancellor Angela Merkel who, apparently, no one remembers anymore.

36. “You can’t get anything. And good luck getting a turkey for Thanksgiving.”

Sorry, folks. Thanksgiving is canceled! See you next year!

37. “You’ve been standing for the for the whole event. I feel very guilty. I don’t want that.”

[narrator voice] He doesn’t feel guilty.

38. “We built the wall. We completed the wall. And then we said, ‘Let’s do more,’ and we did a lot more.

Trump did not complete the border wall.

39. “The cities are rotting, and they are indeed cesspools of blood.”

Well, that’s an image!

40. “In the caravans. I love the name. I came up with it. I love the name.”

Donald Trump invented the word “caravan”?

41. “We don’t need any more blue-ribbon committees.”

The war on blue-ribbon committees begins today!

42. “If you get caught dealing drugs, you have an immediate and quick trial. And by the end of the day, you’re executed. That’s a terrible thing.”

Trump is describing how drug dealers are treated in China. And if you think he actually thinks it’s a bad thing, I have a video rental company named Blockbuster that is a hot stock you might be interested in.

43. “That’s the only answer, no more ‘blue ribbon.’ I refuse to create them anymore.”

Yes, you’ve said that.

44. “My people told me, ‘Sir, that’s politically incorrect to say.’ I said, ‘That’s OK. I’ll say it anyway, if you don’t mind.’”

Always be wary when Trump starts with “sir.”

45. “I don’t like to think of myself as a politician, but I guess that’s what I am. I hate that thought.”

He said this after announcing his third bid for the White House.

46. “I’m a victim. I will tell you.”

Again, yes, he said this with a straight face.

47. “They spend all of the money for machines and all of this stuff and they end up two weeks later, three weeks later, by that time everyone forgot there was even at election.”

Donald Trump: Not a fan of machines.

48. “Our country was great. Our country is not great anymore.”


49. “Anyone who truly seeks to take on this rigged and corrupt system will be faced with a storm of fire that only a few could understand.”

“Storm of Fire” was the name of my second album.

50. “I think he got more subpoenas than any man in the history of our country.”

Trump is talking about his son Eric here. And yes, it’s weird to single him out so you can tout the number of subpoenas he’s received.

51. “I go home and she says, ‘You look angry and upset.’ I say, ‘Just leave me alone.’”

Trump is referring to his wife here. Marital bliss, ladies and gentlemen! Yeah, this feels like a good place to end.

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Uyghur refugee vote by Canada MPs angers China




The Chinese government says a motion MPs passed Wednesday to provide asylum to persecuted Uyghurs amounts to political manipulation by Canada.

MPs including Prime Mister Justin Trudeau unanimously called on Ottawa to design a program that would bring 10,000 people of Turkic origin, including Uyghurs, to Canada from countries other than China.

They passed a motion that acknowledges reports that Uyghurs outside China have been sent back to their country of birth, where they have faced arrest as part of Beijing’s crackdown on Muslim groups.


Foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said in Beijing that people in the Xinjiang region live in peaceful harmony, contradicting widespread reports of forced labour and sexual violence.

An English translation by the ministry said Canada should “stop politically manipulating Xinjiang-related issues for ulterior motives,” and Ottawa is “spreading disinformation and misleading the public.”

The non-binding motion said the government should come up with the outline of a resettlement program by May 12 that would begin in 2024 and meet its target within two years.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 2, 2023.


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Republicans push to remove Ilhan Omar from foreign affairs panel



Washington, DC – In one of his first moves since becoming speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy is leading an effort to block Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from serving on the chamber’s Foreign Affairs Committee over her past criticism of Israel.

On Wednesday, the Republican majority in the House advanced a resolution to remove Omar from the panel. Democrats opposed the move, accusing McCarthy of bigotry for targeting the politician – a former refugee of Somali descent who is one of only two Muslim women serving in the US Congress.

A few Republicans initially opposed McCarthy’s effort, casting doubt over his ability to pass the resolution against Omar, given the GOP’s narrow majority.

But on Wednesday, all 218 House Republicans present voted to move forward with the measure, as Democrats remained united in support of Omar with 209 votes. A final vote is expected on Thursday as progressives rally around Omar.


The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) defended Omar, calling her an “esteemed and invaluable” legislator.

“You cannot remove a Member of Congress from a committee simply because you do not agree with their views. This is both ludicrous and dangerous,” CPC Chair Pramila Jayapal said in a statement on Monday.

The resolution

The resolution aimed at Omar, introduced by Ohio Republican Max Miller on Tuesday, cites numerous controversies involving the congresswoman’s criticism of Israel and US foreign policy.

“Congresswoman Omar clearly cannot be an objective decision-maker on the Foreign Affairs Committee given her biases against Israel and against the Jewish people,” Miller said in a statement.

Omar retorted by saying there was nothing “objectively true” about the resolution, adding that “if not being objective is a reason to not serve on committees, no one would be on committees”.

While the Republican resolution accuses Omar of anti-Semitism, it only invokes remarks relating to Israel, not the Jewish people.

For example, the measure calls out the congresswoman for describing Israel as an “apartheid state”, although leading human rights groups – including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch – have also accused Israel of imposing a system of apartheid on Palestinians.

Early in her congressional career in 2019, Omar faced a firestorm of criticism when she suggested that political donations from pro-Israel lobby groups – including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – drive support for Israel in Washington.

Omar later apologised for that remark but Palestinian rights advocates say accusations of anti-Semitism against Israel’s critics aim to stifle the debate around Israeli government policies.

In the past two years, AIPAC and other pro-Israel organisations spent millions of dollars in congressional elections to defeat progressives who support Palestinian human rights, including Michigan’s Andy Levin, a left-leaning, Jewish former House member.

‘Different standards’

Although the Democratic Party is standing behind Omar now, the Republican resolution prominently features previous criticism against the congresswoman by top Democrats.

Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, an advocacy and research group, said Republicans are trying to validate their talking points against Omar by using the statements and actions of Democrats.

“They own this,” she said of Democrats who previously attacked Omar. “They made a decision in the last few years to jump on board and score political points at Ilhan’s expense … And that decision is now the basis for the resolution that is being used to throw her off the committee.”

Friedman added that Omar and her fellow Muslim-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib are held to “different standards” when it comes to addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Both legislators were the subject of racist attacks by former President Donald Trump who in 2019 tweeted that they, along with other progressive congresswomen of colour, “should go back to the broken and crime-infested places from which they came”.

Omar in particular became a frequent target of Trump’s anti-refugee rhetoric in the lead-up to the 2020 elections. At one rally in 2019, Trump failed to intervene as his supporters chanted “send her back” in reference to Omar.

Friedman said attacks on Omar appeal to the Republican base and play well for the party politically.

“It’s a really handy way to embarrass and corner Democrats because when Democrats vote against this tomorrow, the Republican argument is going to be: ‘I don’t get it. You said all these things [against Omar]. Why are you not holding her accountable?’ Politically, this is just fantastic for them.”

For her part, Omar has remained defiant, calling McCarthy’s effort to remove her from the committee, against initial opposition from his own caucus, “pathetic”.

Yasmine Taeb, legislative and political director at MPower Change Action Fund, a Muslim-American advocacy group, praised Omar’s commitment to a “human rights-centered foreign policy”.

“Rep. Omar speaks truth to power – a rarity in Congress. And House Republican leadership would rather waste time by attacking a progressive Black Muslim woman and pushing a far-right agenda than working on addressing the needs of the American people,” Taeb told Al Jazeera in an email.

Omar has been a vocal proponent of human rights and diplomacy in Congress. While her comments about Israel often make headlines, she criticises other countries too – including those in the Middle East – for human rights violations.

Still, critics accuse her of perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes in her criticism of Israel and even allies have described some of her comments as “sloppy”, if not malicious.

On Thursday, Win Without War, a group that promotes diplomacy in US foreign policy, decried the Republican push against Omar as an attempt to strip the House Foreign Affairs Committee of a “progressive champion and skilled legislator who challenges the political status quo”.

“Rep. Omar has helped raise the bar for progressive foreign policy in Congress. She has steadfastly advocated for cuts to the Pentagon budget, held US allies accountable for human rights abuses, and confronted the racism and Islamophobia present in US foreign policy,” Win Without War executive director Sara Haghdoosti said in a statement.

Committee wars

Congressional committees serve as specialised microcosms of Congress. The panels advance legislation, conduct oversight and hold immense power over the legislative process.

Usually, the party in power appoints the chairs and majority members of committees, while the opposition party names its own legislators to the panels.

But back in 2021, Democrats voted to remove Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her assigned committees for past conspiratorial, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic comments.

That same year, the Democratic House majority also formally rebuked Paul Gosar, another far-right Republican, for sharing an animated video that depicted him killing Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Now, Greene is an outspoken proponent of removing Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

“No one should be on that committee with that stance towards Israel,” Greene said earlier this week. “In my opinion, I think it’s the wrong stance for any member of Congress of the United States – having that type of attitude towards our great ally, Israel.”

After Greene was stripped of her committee assignments, McCarthy had openly promised payback against the Democrats if they became the minority in the House, an event that came to pass in the 2022 midterm elections.

“You’ll regret this. And you may regret this a lot sooner than you think,” McCarthy said at that time.

The newly elected speaker has also blocked Democrats Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from joining the intelligence committee. Schiff was the former chair of the panel.

Meanwhile, Republican Congressman George Santos, who is facing calls to step down for lying about his heritage and professional and personal history, “temporarily recused” himself from committee assignments as he is being investigated over his campaign conduct.


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Former interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen steps down as MP



Member of Parliament and former interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen has resigned her seat in the House of Commons.

Bergen, 58, has represented the Manitoba riding of Portage—Lisgar since 2008. She served as interim leader of the Conservatives and leader of the Opposition from February to September 2022. Prior to that, she served as deputy leader of the Conservatives.

In a video posted to Twitter Wednesday, Bergen said she has submitted a letter of resignation, “ending an incredible and very fulfilling 14 years.”

Bergen thanked her constituents, family, volunteers, staff and political colleagues “on both sides of the aisle, regardless of your political stripe.”


Bergen announced in September of last year that she would not seek reelection. Pierre Poilievre replaced her as Conservative leader that month.

Bergen did not give a specific reason for her resignation and did not mention any future plans.

“I’m choosing to leave now not because I’m tired or I’ve run out of steam. In fact, it’s the exact opposite,” she said in the video.

“I feel hopeful and re-energized. Hopeful for our strong and united Conservative Party, and our caucus, under the courageous and principled leadership of my friend, Pierre Poilievre.”

Bergen ended her goodbye message on a hopeful note.

“With God’s grace and God’s help, I believe that the best is yet to come. Thank you so much Portage—Lisgar, and thank you Canada.”

The Toronto Star was the first to report the story.

“On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada, thank you Candice for your leadership, your devotion to our Conservative movement and your service to the people of Portage—Lisgar, and all Canadians,” Poilievre said in a tweet Wednesday.

The news means there will be a byelection in Portage—Lisgar to replace Bergen.

Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen announced last week that he’d step down as an MLA to seek the federal Conservative nomination in the riding.

The death of MP Jim Carr late last year set up a byelection in another Manitoba riding — Winnipeg South Centre. The Alberta riding of Calgary Heritage and the Ontario riding of Oxford are also up for byelections later this year.

“I thank her for her many years of service,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said of Bergen in a media scrum Wednesday.


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