Glitch Or Something More? Trump's "McConnell Moment" Caught On Video

By Alan Hume | Monday, 20 May 2024 11:59 PM
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In a recent speech at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, former President Donald Trump experienced a moment of silence that lasted over 30 seconds, causing a stir among supporters of President Joe Biden.

The incident occurred during a speech that was delayed by over two hours from its scheduled time.

Trump, 77, was in the midst of lauding Texas when he abruptly fell silent. This moment was seized upon by Biden's supporters, given Trump's frequent criticism of Biden, 81, for his age and alleged mental incompetence.

"The Texas spirit of proud independence was forged by cowboys and cattle hands, ranchers and rangers, oil workers, soldiers and brave, brave, brave, pioneers," Trump addressed the crowd of gun owners. "Many came here with nothing but the boots or their feet, the clothes on their back, and the gun in their saddle. Together they helped make America into the single greatest nation in the history of the world."

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Following this statement, Trump fell silent as music played, shaking his head at one point during the pause. He then resumed his speech, stating, "But now we are a nation in decline. We are a failing nation. We are a nation that has the highest inflation in 58 years, where banks are collapsing, and interest rates are skyrocketing."

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The Twitter account @BidensWins shared a clip of the incident, tweeting: "BREAKING: Donald Trump just glitched out and froze at his rally tonight. He is clearly unfit for office. Retweet so every American knows Trump is senile."

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The tweet sparked a flurry of responses, with some likening the incident to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's two instances of freezing in front of cameras. Trump's supporters, however, defended him, suggesting that he was merely listening or that the teleprompter had malfunctioned.

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During another segment of his speech at the NRA convention, Trump swatted at a fly that was buzzing around him. This incident, along with the moment of silence, was used by the Biden campaign to question Trump's fitness for office.

The Biden team also criticized Trump for a moment during a speech at Minnesota's Lincoln-Reagan Annual Dinner on Saturday, where he appeared to lean too heavily on the lectern and nearly toppled it. A video shared by Biden-Harris HQ on Twitter showed Trump grabbing the lectern after it nearly fell over.

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"A feeble Trump nearly falls down on stage after he leans on his podium too hard and then goes on an angry rant calling his event workers 'crappy,'" the caption read. The video showed Trump lurching to the side as the lectern shifted beneath him, followed by a tirade about the stage setup.

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"You know this is the worst platform, who put this stage up?" he joked, eliciting laughter from the crowd. "The fricking place is falling down." Trump also quipped about the lectern's tilt, saying, "I notice it keeps tilting to the left, like too many other things!"

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