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If that fucking bastard wins, we’re all going to hang from nooses. You better fix this shit. Hillary Clinton, email to Donna Brazile, DNC chair, 17 October 2016
I’m ready to die for Trump. The Alex Jones Deception, 2017
When President Trump talks about fake news, which he has more or less constantly since being elected in 2016, what he means is real news that he doesn’t like. Ian Hislop’s Fake News, BBC 2019
Donald Trump to Angela Merkel: You guys in Berlin had a terrific wall. The New York Times, Patrick Chappatte cartoon
The 6th January 2021: The day that shook the foundations of American democracy, where hundreds stormed the seat of government. And tried to overturn an election result. This assault didn’t come out of the blue. It was by people that were carrying out the wishes of the sitting president, wishes they felt he signalled to them loud and clear. News report, Storming the Capitol, Aleem Maqbool reporting, BBC 9th January 2021
‘I call on President Trump to go on national television now and demand an end to this siege.’ ibid. Biden
He was caught pressuring an official to re-calculate the votes in a state he lost in the November election. ibid.
But Wednesday 6th January was always going to be the day it came to a head. Congress was due to do what’s normally procedural – formalize the results of the election. ibid.
Fight for Trump: At his [Trump] request thousands of his supporters had gathered from all over the country … ‘You’ll never take back our country with weakness; you have to show strength and you have to be strong.’ It was all his supporters wanted to hear. ibid.
Many point to the relative restraint shown by the security forces as compared to some of the scenes we saw as the Black Lives Matter protests law summer. ibid.
Many Americans described feeling numb at the events the previous day. ibid.
Democrats are adamant Donald Trump needs to leave office immediately … ‘an armed insurrection against America.’ ibid. Pelosi
A brazen assault on American democracy. The warning signs I heard just an hour before. And what it means for America as it confronts the threat of extremism from within. It was just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday. This was the protest march that became a riot, that became an insurrection. Storming the Capitol: The Inside Story, Robert Moore reporting, ITV 2021
These last four years have been different: anger has been weaponised on social media. The election didn’t calm America, with a president who refused to accept his loss. The anger became fury. The drumbeat of incendiary rhetoric has been growing louder by the day. ibid.
‘Our lives are at stake. This is our last stand.’ ibid. protester
And so they did. Although the president never joined them. ibid.
Louisville: The resurgent militia movements. I saw these emboldened and empowered militias take over the very centre of Louisville … Why on earth were the police retreating and ceding territory to a private army? What signal was that sending? ibid.
But are there tell-tale signs? For the first time our team analyses the words and body language of Donald Trump. What he says, how he says it. And what he means … ‘He’s doing the Trump squirm.’ Faking It: Trump, Discovery Plus 2020
But does he believe what he says? ibid.
He doesn’t see it as lying; it’s more a bending of the truth. ibid. Kerry Daynes
An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud. ibid. Trump tweet
How inadequate do you have to feel? How big does that hole in your soul have to be that becoming the president of the United States is not good enough? ibid. Daynes
The Trump Squirm … Just watch his first finger grip the lectern tightly when he makes this claim … This stretching of the mouth horizontally. ibid. Cliff Lansley, body language expert
It was about being Donald Trump on the biggest stage he could find. I think it shows that deep inside Trump there’s nothing there … I don’t think he can tell the difference between Truth and Falsehood. ibid. John Bolton
Accusations of distortions, deceptions and now the incredible question, Is this the real Melania Trump? The fake Melania theory started online in 2017, went viral and is now openly discussed on US talk shows. ibid. commentary
We are the people that brought Donald Trump to power. And he pushes our agenda. Pastor Boyd Bingham IV, Binghamtown Baptist Church, ’Til Kingdom Come: Trump, Faith & Money, BBC 2021
‘From this day forward it’s going to be only America first. America first.’ Trump Takes on the World I, BBC 2021
One of the most divisive presidents in history riding roughshod over conventions at home and abroad … He ripped up the rule book and took America to the brink of nuclear war. ibid.
Donald Trump’s rise to power was based on a promise to reforge American foreign policy. In the days after his victory his switchboard was buzzing with world leaders anxious to know what America First really meant. The first foreign leader to get a taste of Trump in the White House was the British prime minister. ibid.
Trump refused to sign up to the End of Summit statement endorsing the Paris accord. Their first bruising from the president left European leaders shaken to the core. ibid.
Five months into his presidency concerns over Russia’s role in Trump’s election were mounting. ibid.
Trump called the other Nato members deadbeats who owed their freedom to America. Then he said that if they didn’t pay up, the US would go its own way. ibid.
‘Never ever ever in my life have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran.’ Trump Takes on the World II
Trump brings his own brand of diplomacy to one of the world’s most volatile regions. He takes America to the brink of war. ibid.
Trump decides to go ahead with the embassy move. The Palestinian authorities severed all communication with his administration. Tens of millions of evangelicals who had helped Trump get elected were ecstatic. ibid.
He claimed that the Iran nuclear deal gave the regime billions of dollars to finance terrorism. The Europeans were told they had four months to fix it or the US was out. ibid.
He takes on China in a battle for global supremacy and tries to strike the deal of the century. Trump Takes on the World III
Away from the cameras Obama delivered a sobering message: China wasn’t the only problem in Asia. ibid.
North Korea: It was an extraordinary U-turn for a president who had just told his secretary of state that diplomacy was a waste of time. ibid.
New York City: By the end of the 1970s it was a city on its knees in a country that was losing its mind. The American dream had become a nightmare. And no place felt as rotten or as hopeless as New York. But suddenly, at the dawn of a new decade, there was something else in here: opportunity. It was everywhere in the ’80s and 5 New Yorkers pounced … By the end of the decade they had reshaped the city in their own image. But at what cost? Empires of New York s1e1: Chaos Spells Opportunity, DiscoveryPlus 2020
Donald Trump: A kid from Queens with charisma to spare and something to prove in a city where image was everything he knew that to be king of New York real estate he only needed to act like it. ibid.
By 1983 some were crossing lines that couldn’t be uncrossed. A mysterious trader had convinced the market he was a magician when in reality he was just a cheater [Boesky]; a poor girl from Brooklyn had become the queen of hospitality [Helmsley] but her fairytale would soon take a very dark turn; a real estate showman had won his nasty battle with the city and was preparing to make his biggest gamble yet (so what if his numbers didn’t add up); and as the new sheriff in town [Giuliani] plotted the move that would launch him to stardom, a ruthless young Capo [Gotti] made a move of his own, one that would shake the Mafia to its core. Empires of New York s1e2: Nothing in Their Way
As long as this building stands there will probably be some who refer to Trump Tower as the House that Tax Abatements built. ibid. television report