President Donald Trump on Thursday ditched his “boring” prepared remarks at a tax roundtable in West Virginia, instead repeating his claim that “millions” of people are voting illegally and boasting that he was right about the threat of Mexican rapists.
“You know, this was going to be my remarks, it would’ve have taken about two minutes, but to hell with it,” the president said, tossing papers up in the air. “That would have been a little boring, a little boring.”
The event, where the president and state officials were slated to discuss the GOP’s massive tax overhaul, quickly veered off-track as the president doubled down on some of his most incendiary and unsubstantiated claims.
Trump, who in announcing the launch of his presidential campaign in 2015 denounced the alleged “rapists” coming into the U.S. from Mexico, bragged that the caravan of immigrants that marched through Mexico in recent days bolstered his claim.
"Remember my opening remarks at Trump Tower when I opened? Everybody said, ‘Oh, he was so tough.' I used the word rape,” the president said. “And yesterday it came out where this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before.”
A New York Times report published Wednesday found that the caravan, which has since broken up, largely consisted of women and children who were fleeing violence and crime.
Fresh off a White House declaration that the president directed officials to deploy the National Guard to the southern U.S. border to curb illegal immigration, Trump railed against “chain migration” and rebuked Democratic officials for not addressing border security at the legislative level.
The president also revisited his widely-debunked claim that “millions” of people illegally cast ballots in elections.
“In many places like California the same person votes many times. You’ve probably heard of that,” Trump said. “They always like to say, ‘Oh, that’s like a conspiracy theory.’ Not a conspiracy theory folks. Millions and millions of people. And it’s very hard because the state guards their records. They don’t want to see it.”