This is a total and complete meltdown by Donald Trump.
On Saturday night in Pennsylvania, Trump was all set to make a simple, nine sentence critique of Hillary Clinton and then head off to another campaign stop on Sunday.
But unsurprisingly, The Donald couldn't help himself, and a few-minute long statement turned into a rambling diatribe that went WAY over the line.
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It took Trump more than 25 minutes to deliver that nine-sentence statement, simply because he kept going off topic on crazier and crazier things, including — not even kidding — the moment he floated an accusation that, hey, maybe Hillary is cheating on her husband Bill Clinton!
Here's what the Donald said about that, set to audible gasps from the crowd:
"Hillary Clinton's only loyalty is to her financial contributors and to herself. I don't even think she's loyal to Bill, if you want to know the truth. And really, folks,really, why should she be? Right? Why should she be?"
Yeah, Donald, one candidate in this presidential election has proven unfaithful to spouses… but it sure ain't Hillary!
Beyond that, Trump went from insulting Bernie Sanders (calling him "Crazy Bernie" for some weird reason) to complimenting his crowd for being "the smartest people."
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Trump said about that, clearly mad that TV pundits resoundingly stated he lost Monday's debate BADLY:
"[You are] the smartest people… the sharpest people… the most amazing people. The pundits, most of them aren't worth the ground they're standing on, some of that ground could be fairly wealthy ground."
What is even going on any more?!
He stayed on Hillary for a while, but it was more of the same ol' stuff he's been trying to do that, frankly, just hasn't worked with anybody besides a very small, extremely right-wing sliver of his base.
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In discussing Clinton's private email server controversy, Trump said:
"She should be in prison, let me tell you. She should be in prison. And she's being totally protected by The New York Times and The Washington Post and all of the media and CNN — Clinton News Network, which nobody is watching anyways so what difference does it make."
He then used that jumping-off point to go on a long diatribe about deleting tweets, and how that was related, somehow, to America becoming a third-world country:
"How many people have acid-washed or bleached a tweet? How many? That you deleted? So you deleted it but that's not good enough. No, this is getting crazy. Our country is becoming a third-world country."
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In a particularly bizarre moment, The Donald went down the road toward his old TV career, mentioning The Apprentice by name and then alluding to the fact that, just maybe, that's where he should be before trying to convince himself that this is more important:
"Oh, I could be doing the ‘Apprentice' right now. I loved it — 14 seasons. How good was that? Tremendous success. They wanted to extend — I could be doing the ‘Apprentice' now. Somehow I think this is a little bit more important. Do we agree? Just a little bit?"
And from there, he transitioned to… uh, we're not exactly sure what.
No, seriously. Read this quote:
"You're unsuspecting. Right now, you say to your wife: ‘Let's go to a movie after Trump.' But you won't do that because you'll be so high and so excited that no movie is going to satisfy you. Okay? No movie. You know why? Honestly? Because they don't make movies like they used to — is that right?"
WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN????
It all may be stemming from one thing, though: on Saturday, the New York Times revealed a bombshell report that Trump appears to have taken a $916 million loss on his taxes in the mid-1990s, the result of which may have allowed him not to pay ANY taxes for the last 20 years.
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There's no question he was probably incensed that it got out — and yet, here we are.
Trump said one more thing as he wrapped his campaign speech up, and it was very telling:
"I didn't need to do this, folks. Believe me. This is tough work… This is hard work. Believe me, folks. This is hard work."
No kidding, Donald — we don't need you to do this, either! LOLz!!
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