President Donald Trump’s farewell speech has been released and – much like his entire presidency – it’s a hot mess.
With less than 24 hours before President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris are officially sworn in as the new leaders of the United States, the White House has finally released a few excerpts from Trump’s farewell speech.
It’s worth noting that these are just excerpts, so there’s still a fleeting chance that *maybe* some of it won’t be straight-up lies. But here’s what we’ve got so far.
“The greatest danger we face is a loss of confidence in ourselves – a loss of confidence in our national greatness,” the except begins
“We did what we came here to do – and so much more,” Trump said, which is quite a terrifying thought when you sit back and look at everything he has achieved in his presidency.
From the violence and domestic terrorism we saw at the Capitol earlier this month, to the 400,000 COVID deaths in the US alone, this is what Trump came here to do, apparently.
“Above all, we have reasserted the sacred idea that in America, the government answers to the people. We restored the idea that in America, no one is forgotten – because everyone matters and everyone has a voice.”
The whole document is filled with blatant mistruths, but towards the end of the excerpts, you almost have to think he’s just taking the piss.
“We restored American Strength at home – and American leadership abroad,” he said.
“We built the greatest economy in the history of the world.”
Despite Trump trying to claim that the economy is the best in the world, CNN calls it “the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes.”
Thankfully, he then went on to give us one sentence about how the Capitol storm and literal domestic terrorism is bad. I assume at this point he’s got a cue-card in front of him that just reads “TERRORISM = BAD”.
“All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated,” he said.
However, he follows this up with an incredibly eery final message to his supporters; “I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning.”