President Donald Trump’s 100-day speech in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was “deeply disturbing,” marked by false claims of crowd size, “surreal,” and rife with attacks on the media. In other words, it was par for the course.
It also featured Trump telling law enforcement to “get him out of here” when a protester interrupted the rally—a phrase similar to one that has “already led to a lawsuit against” the president, as McClatchy notes.
And “Trump’s speech was heavy on the nationalism,” Slate writes, with more promises that the wall along the Mexican border will be built, hints at withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, and dings against NATO.
“On climate change,” the BBC reports, “Mr Trump said ‘a big decision’ would be taken within the next two weeks.” The rally came on the same day that 200,000 people marched in Washington, D.C.—and tens of thousands more took action around the country and world—to protest Trump’s anti-environment agenda.
The president glossed over or deflected the legislative and policy failures that marked his first 100 days in office, choosing instead to highlight his administration’s immigration crackdown, savage the news media, and crow about having left the “Washington swamp” (though many say he has in fact “invited the alligators in to run the government”).
The “campaign-style rally” drew ample condemnation both on- and offline: