It’s really rather funny that Donald Trump promises a major policies speech in Gettysburg and those policies he bothers to discuss are all things he’s talked about before.
You can read about his “contract with the American voter” here, but in fact, nobody is fooled that anything important happened in Gettysburg today, least of all journalists.
NBC News‘ Katy Tur tweeted the essence of Trump’s remarks today:
Dear American voters,
In my first 100 days I will bring lawsuits against those who have criticized me.
Donald J Trump https://t.co/Vd355RYcss
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) October 22, 2016
Or, as CNN’s Jim Acosta put it,
So far this speech is of the Trump by the Trump and for the Trump
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 22, 2016
Sadly, this is a recurring theme in Trump speeches.
The New York Times‘ Ashley Parker had something to say too, that “His ‘First 100 Days,’ based on this speech so far, involves an awful lot of litigation.” You know, like suing the women who accused him of sexual assault.
Which is funny, because Newt Gingrich tweeted this morning that,
Trump's Gettysburg speech will be the most decisive break with the corrupt establishment in modern times. He is detailed and decisive.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) October 22, 2016
The corrupt establishment must include women who accuse Trump of sexually assaulting them. Interesting take. But then, this is coming from a guy who said he had affairs because he loves America so much.
Of course, Trump also accused Hillary Clinton and the DNC of getting these women to say Trump did what he previously bragged about doing.
“It was probably the DNC and the Clinton campaign that put forward these liars with their fabricated stories. But we’ll find out about their involvement at a later date through litigation. And I look so forward to doing that.”
We’ll find out a lot more if he goes through with his promised lawsuit against The New York Times, come the discovery phase of the trial. Or, as Newsweek‘s Kurt Eichenwald put it,
“Trump says now he’ll sue the women who accused him. Case of ‘he said-she she she she she she she she she-said. Oh, & he said too, on tape.'”
So yes, Trump might want to think twice or three times about that.
Sopan Deb of CBS News really said it best for journalists everywhere:
Now we know why in last night's call, Trump campaign aides didn't reveal new policy details to unveil in today's speech. There weren't many.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) October 22, 2016
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was a mere 272 words, but packed into a few minutes of speaking was such a powerful message, a message that still moves Americans today. Trump talked a great deal longer while saying much less.
Pollster Frank Luntz observed that,
Today's Gettysburg speech would have been great stump speech, minus part about suing anyone who accused him of doing things he's said he did https://t.co/1xR6DAtDPT
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) October 22, 2016
Trumpsters can engage in all the hyperbole they want, but if there was a decisive break with something in Gettysburg today, it was with reality.