The last time Trump was in New Hampshire it was while he was committing impeachable offenses. Also, Roger Stone may get out of prison in time for the third Trump term. “In my next life, I want to come back as the son of a Democrat, because then you could do anything you want!” – Donald Trump, Jr. at the Trump rally in New Hampshire, after referring to “The Biden Crime Family”
- Trump says he has more supporters inside and outside this arena than all the Democrats times five. He then criticizes the “fake news” for not showing his crowds. He then makes fun of an unnamed Democrat for supposedly having “exactly 104 people” at an event today.
- Trump mentions the State of the Union, then says, “I had somebody behind me who was mumbling terribly. Mumbling. Mumbling. Waa-waa-ohh-haa. She was mumbling. Very distracting.” There is a Lock Her Up chant — toward Nancy Pelosi.
- Trump continues: “It was very distracting. I’m speaking, and a woman is mumbling terribly behind me. Angry. There was a little anger back there.”
- Trump: “In the House, we won 196 to nothing, and then we got three Democrats.” Again, he — obviously — lost the House impeachment votes. He’s solely citing votes for his side and omitting all the votes against him.
- Trump: “Other than Romney, we got 52 to nothing. 52 to nothing. That’s something.” He was acquitted 52-48 on the article where Romney voted against him — 52-48, not 52 to nothing.
- Trump claims that some experts claimed only “60,000” jobs would be created last month, others “101,000.” The lowest estimate from economists surveyed by Reuters was 120,000. (This has become a recurring Trump shtick.)
- Trump repeats his old lie about “hundreds and hundreds” of buses being “shipped” from MA to vote improperly in NH in 2016. He adds, “Now you get prosecuted if you do what they did, so it should be a lot different.” This is egregious stuff, thoroughly debunked.
- Trump says he hears a lot of Republicans will cross over to vote for the weakest Democratic candidate in the primary, but that he doesn’t know who the weakest one is, since they’re all weak.
- Trump tells the multi-sir story about the guy whose wife didn’t love him before but now loves him because his 401(k) is up 94%. He adds this time, “That tells you something about money, doesn’t it.”
- Trump tells his Steve Scalise story: “He took a bullet. He got SHOT. And he got up. He was gonna DIE that night. I tell the story all the time. His wife, she was crying so much.” He explains how he told Scalise, “I know many wives that don’t get too upset.”
- In short order, Trump has told a story about a man whose wife only loves him when his 401(k) is up and a story about how lots of wives wouldn’t care if their husbands got shot.
- Trump introduces Ivanka Trump as follows: “Very powerful, very smart, very beautiful even though I’m not allowed to say that because she’s my daughter: Ivanka.”
- Trump recites some accurate economic boasts: 7 million jobs, lowest average unemployment rate for any administration (dating back to Eisenhower), lowest African American youth unemployment, and so on.
- “They want to destroy our countrysides, put windmills all over ’em.”
- Trump did an abbreviated version of his signature windmills monologue, only briefly describing them as a bird graveyard, then moved on to criticizing NAFTA.
- Trump re-enacts his signing of the USMCA: “You saw last month: ding, bye bye. I say, Donald J. Trump. BYE BYE NAFTA.” (As always: USMCA retains most of NAFTA.)
- Trump tells the multi-sir story about how an unnamed senator told him “I’ve run seven times, sir, and I’ve won five,” and he responded that he ran once and won once. (This story omits his exploratory bid in 2000, but he did not officially launch a campaign that time.)
- Trump says he’s going to run twice and that’ll be it, though the media thinks he’s going to run much more than that. This is slightly different from his usual “joke” routine about being president well beyond two terms.
- Trump makes his usual false claim about how the US had never previously gotten “10 cents” from China. Aside from the fact that Americans pay the tariffs, the treasury was taking in billions per year in tariffs on China before Trump took office.
- Trump on coronavirus: “We only have 11 cases, and they’re all getting better.” It’s 12 confirmed cases.
- Trump is doing his usual routine about illegal immigration: “open borders,” “murderers,” Democrats wanting to treat illegal immigrants better than veterans. There is lots of falseness here.
- Trump explains why he’s been claiming Mexico is actually paying for the wall: “Redemption from illegal aliens that are coming in. The redemption money is paying for the wall.” ??? (He might be talking about remittances and calling it “redemption.” Still ???.)
- Trump: “You know, you ever hear of the thing, you know with all the modern technology, all of the new computers, the new genius, the new everything, cyber this, cyber that, two things never change, right? A wheel and a wall.”
- It’s back: Trump says people have been imploring him, for the last four or five rallies, to read The Snake, the song he uses to explain his views on the dangers of nice-seeming refugees/undocumented immigrants, so he reads it.
- Trump says The Snake is an Al Green song from the 1950s. It’s an Al Wilson song from the 1960s.
Does he not get that this is an own? And a very sweary one at that? https://t.co/LmS4M193Il
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) February 11, 2020
“Roger Stone obstructed Congress’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, lied under oath, and tampered with a witness. And when his crimes were revealed by the indictment in this case, he displayed contempt for this Court and he rule of law.”
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) February 10, 2020
For hearts and minds, we don’t believe the tongue of the snake that rattles in an orange head.
Actually, we might be more endeared to Boomer answers in the age of cancel culture.
By far the most common question raised by Biden’s use of the phrase in New Hampshire has been “What the hell is Joe Biden thinking calling a young woman ‘dog-faced’?” But running a close second is “Is there really a movie in which someone calls John Wayne a ‘lying, dog-faced pony soldier’?” The answer is a resounding “maybe.” Wayne appeared in 180 movies over 50 years, and who knows what they called him in all of them? But it seems at least as likely that Biden is thinking of a different film: Pony Soldier, a 1952 Western from director Joseph M. Newman starring Tyrone Power as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. “Pony Soldier,” in the context of the film, is a Native American nickname for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and although no one calls Power a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier,” a chief does say, “The pony soldier speaks with a tongue of the snake that rattles,” which isn’t far off:
Is that the scene—filtered through Joe Biden’s memory of his brother’s memory of an old Western—that inspired Joe Biden to call a young woman at one of his events a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier” nearly 70 years later? We may never know, but one thing is certain: For Democrats who want to nominate a presidential candidate with a vast library of half-remembered old Westerns floating around in their brains, there’s only one choice.
Update, Feb. 10, 2020, 3 a.m.: Twitter users and Slate commenter “Lee Bertram” point to a source for the “dog-faced” part of Biden’s “lying, dog-faced pony soldier” line, this time in an actual John Wayne movie, 1949’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. There are no Native American chiefs calling John Wayne a liar or a pony soldier, but over the final shot of cavalry, the narrator uses the phrase “dog-faced soldiers”:
So here they are: the dog-faced soldiers, the regulars, the 50-cents-a-day professionals, riding the outposts of the nation. From Fort Reno to Fort Apache, from Sheridan to Stark, they were all the same: men in dirty-shirt blue, and only a cold page in the history books to mark their passing. But wherever they rode, and whatever they fought for, that place became the United States.
A Russian prankster glued a massive portrait of President Vladimir Putin to the inside of a residential elevator. He then placed a camera in the elevator to record people’s reactions. pic.twitter.com/dahMN83SvX
— The Moscow Times (@MoscowTimes) February 10, 2020
The Trump Organization has five projects in India, in various states of completion https://t.co/vw6C3ZYbsy
— Ilya Marritz (@ilyamarritz) February 10, 2020
I think Don Jr. is daring the press to take a closer look at his life and the mistakes he's made just like they have done to Hunter Biden. I really think he wants you to talk to his prep school friends, his college friends, his biz partners in Russia and the Middle East. Really https://t.co/6b3sW9y3U8
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) February 10, 2020
"46! 46!" the crowd in NH is chanting at Don Jr.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 10, 2020
The Senate impeachment trial was conducted *unfairly,* voters say by a 24-point margin.
— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiNBC) February 10, 2020
There goes the media claims that Trump had best week and acquittal was big win for him.
Quinnipiac poll Feb 5-9:
Bloomberg beats Trump 51-42
Sanders beats Trump 51-43
Biden beats Trump 50-43
Klobuchar beats Trump 49-43
Warren beats Trump 48-44
Buttigieg beats Trump 47-43
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) February 10, 2020