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Donald Trump complained crowds for his Lincoln Memorial speech weren’t as big as MLK’s

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“I thought this would be like Doctor Martin Luther King.”
  • Annalisa Merelli
By Annalisa Merelli

Senior reporter based in New York City

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Republican Donald Trump addressed a group of bikers today next to the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech.

“I thought this would be like Dr. Martin Luther King,” Trump said, complaining instead that not enough of his supporters had been allowed on Washington DC’s National Mall to fill it up with crowds to the point it had been on Aug. 28, 1963.

On a weekend when America honors its veterans and fallen soldiers—Trump referred to it as “a great day to be here, you know what day”—he shared his list of priorities:

  • Defeat Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton: “We know we can’t have Hillary Clinton become president.”
  • Fight gun control: “The [National Rifle Association] as you saw, came out and endorsed me sooner than any candidate before, so that was an honor, and they’re amazing people, amazing people.”
  • Increase funding of the US military: “We’re going to beat ISIS, we’re going to knock the hell out of them…we’re going to make [the military] bigger and bigger and better and stronger than ever before.” (Trump also said “believe me, it’s the cheapest thing we can do,” though in 2015, the US devoted nearly 16% of all federal spending, or $609.3 billion, to what he considers an underfunded defense system.)
  • Take care of veterans by not allowing immigrants to access government benefits.
  • Make the greatest trade deal America has ever seen to fight unemployment.
  • Stop US companies from moving to other countries. (Democrat Bernie Sander is “right on trade,” Trump said. ”We do agree on trade.”)
  • Also to fight unemployment, build a wall that Mexico is going to pay for, “not even a doubt.”
  • Walk out of NATO unless other members pay for US military operations in their countries.
  • Repeal and replace Obamacare.
  • Win so much, people will call Trump and say, “Mister president please stop winning so much.”
  • Continue winning.
  • Make America great again.

Trump made a point that Democrats should perhaps worry about: “I won, we won…and Hillary can’t even beat Bernie.”

📬 A periodic dispatch from the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in NYC.

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