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CAYCE — After arriving an hour late because Air Force One could not land in a lightning storm, President Donald Trump electrified a crowd packed inside a sweltering high school gym outside Columbia on Monday night as he leapfrogged through criticisms of the media, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, Chinese tariffs and "unfunny" late-night talk show hosts.
During his free-wheeling, hour-long speech intended to boost Gov. Henry McMaster's GOP primary runoff bid, the president characteristically diverted to a litany of unrelated topics on his mind.
News - Portrayals - Negotiations - North - Korea
He said the "fake news" did not offer proper portrayals of his negotiations with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un over nuclear weapons and that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton got off easy on her email investigation, leading the crowd to chant "Lock her up!"
Trump went into details of how the U.S. was on the wrong end of trade issues with China and the European Union and how Democrats were hurting efforts to stop undocumented immigrants. He ruminated on how his former reality TV show, "The Apprentice," failed without him and he feared director David Lynch would not work in Hollywood again because he said recently Trump "could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history."
Prayers - Katie - Arrington - South - Carolina
After offering prayers for Katie Arrington, a South Carolina lawmaker injured in a car wreck after defeating U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in a GOP primary this month, Trump hit at Sanford, saying "I can’t stand that guy."
Trump also criticized "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert, a Charleston native, calling him "unfunny" and "a low life” for criticizing the president on his program. He complained about "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon apologizing for humanizing Trump by ruffling his hair during the 2016 campaign to make sure it was real.
Trump - Hair - Office
Then Trump offered, “If it’s not your hair, don’t run for office, folks."
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