Boca Raton, Florida (CNN) - Donald Trump unleashed a fiery anti-President Barack Obama stump speech for members and supporters of the South Florida Tea Party Saturday and made frequent references to what he would do as president.
Throngs of fired-up voters in a vote-rich battleground state encouraged him.
While the billionaire real estate developer is not currently a presidential candidate, his appearance at a Tea Party event in Florida might have made the casual observer think he is running.
And yet, unusual moments made Trump’s speech unlike any other so far this political season. He harshly criticized some Republicans, tailored his speech based on crowd shout-outs, dissed hecklers, used a curse word and recalled how his wife urged him not to be “conceited."
Republican Rep. Allen West and others also spoke, advocating key Tea Party themes of smaller government and reduced government spending.
The event was one of many similar events as conservative grassroots activists mount “Tax Day” protests this weekend.
While much of what Trump said was noteworthy, it may also be of interest to some what he did not mention.
Trump did not reiterate his support for 2008's bank bailout, an act that the Tea Party movement despises. Nor did he discuss his past as a Democrat-turned-Independent-turned-Republican, his reported past leanings in favor of abortion rights and universal health care or his support for and financial contributions to Democrats and Republicans since 1990.
Trump, who has said he will announce his presidential intentions by early June, did appear to enjoy the moment with the assembled Tea Party activists.
“The opportunity to address this group of really hard-working, incredible people is my great honor. Believe me,” Trump began.
From there, he launched into an address that was part campaign attack speech, part self-promotional manifesto and part laugh-inducing sideshow.
He reiterated his view that the United States has become “the laughingstock and whipping post for the rest of the world.”
“I’ve said on numerous occasions, that countries like China, India, South Korea, Mexico, the OPEC nations and many others view our leaders as weak and ineffective. And we have repeatedly, unfortunately been taken advantage of to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars a year,” Trump said. “We have to take our country back.”
The host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” continued by blasting what he and critics call “Obamacare,” repeated his recent demands that Obama “release his birth certificate” and called for increased spending on education.
Trump also weighed in on foreign affairs.
“We can’t afford education. We can’t afford to build the roads. And yet we’re in Iraq, Afghanistan, now Libya,” Trump said.
“How about Libya, isn’t that a beauty?" he continued. "We don’t want to change the regime. We want nothing to do with the regime, but we want them out. I can just imagine our soldiers and pilots – they’re probably saying, ‘What does he (Obama) mean? He said he’s not going to be involved in the regime change. And then in another speech he says, we want him out. What does it mean?’ In the meantime, it’s a total disaster. Because nobody knows what the hell they’re doing. And Gadhafi is winning.”
On China: “You can't have China, taking our jobs, taking our money, making our products. And the amazing thing, then they do all of this and then they loan us money and we pay them interest. And what do they do? They manipulate our currency. Now I know how to stop it.”
Trump’s emphasis on his own skills as a businessman and negotiator was consistent throughout his speech.
“Businessweek magazine said in a vote of its readers, that Donald Trump was the world’s most competitive businessperson," he boasted. "With Bill Gates being number two and Warren Buffet being number three. Steve Forbes stated that I was one of the greatest entrepreneurs in the history of free trade."
At times the speech entered unusual ground.
After a heckler began to taunt Trump, he mocked and dismissed the person. At various points throughout the speech, members in the crowd shouted out topics they hoped to hear Trump discuss and he obliged them.
As he touted his business bona fides, Trump mentioned how his wife urged him against being “conceited.” And while claiming there were huge writing differences between Obama’s first book, "Dreams From My Father", and the second, "The Audacity of Hope," Trump used profanity to say they could not have both been written by Obama.
“The man that wrote the second book ... didn’t write the first book," Trump said. “The difference was like chicken salad and chicken (expletive)."
Meanwhile, Trump also continued to lash out at Republicans. On Friday, he criticized former President George W. Bush as he called Obama "the worst president in the history of the United States," something he called President Bush in 2007.
At the Saturday event, Trump repeated his bipartisan bashing of Bush and Obama. He also lashed out at former Bush adviser Karl Rove, who recently criticized Trump for raising questions about Obama's birthplace.
"He was an interesting candidate who had a business background and could have contributed to the dialogue. But his full embrace of the birther issue means that he's off there in the nutty right and is now an inconsequential candidate," Rove said on Fox News. Rove called Trump "a joke candidate," who would never be voted into the White House.
In his Saturday speech, Trump responded.
"What he (Rove) said was amazing. He was so against me because I am questioning. All I want to do is see this guy's birth certificate," he said.
"And you know, the Republicans have to be very careful of that. Because obviously Karl Rove didn't do very well the last couple of years in the Bush administration. Because, hey, whether you like him or not, George Bush gave us Obama. And I'm not happy about it."
"Believe Me?" Who would believe you and how the heck does this billionaire know the needs and even the lifestyle of the average middle class American? He's a great candidate for the republicans as he exemplifies all their qualities! Arrogance, ignorance, abrasiveness and out of touch with reality!
I likes "The Blacks"...uhn, "the black tie", "the black cars", "The Black Sheeps". Insanity and self-promoting at best. Pitiful.
Unbelievable! What an ego!! His ego alone could keep a million Zepellins in the air for a whole year.
At one time Trump was respected as a good businessman but lately he seems to be taking a page from Charlie Sheen and going off the deep end. It must be very worriesome and embarassing for his family. He is probably scared stiff that Pres. Obama gets re-elected because then the cushy Bush tax cuts for the rich will be repealed and that will affect greedy moguls like himself. As long as the media props up folks like Trump, Bachmann, Palin and other similar candidates, then the Democrats are just thrilled. Trump and others are sure giving a bad image to the Republican party.
Just what this country needs, another trash talking, hore mongering, white dinosaur that has no clue as to what the American people want. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he made no money, his father did. This piece of white trash has no idea how the president is elected. Isn't is nice that he can spend billions on a presidential campaign but cannot help fellow Americans get jobs, have food on the table, get medical care etc? No wonder Florida is the laughing stock of the nation, look who they support. I, demand, as an American citizen, two copies of his birth certificate, and I also want a background check on his family, to make sure they did not enter the country illegally.
You got to love Trump. He tells it like it is.
Karl Rove finally said something I agree with.
If you want a President that is 100% wrong 100% of the time Trump the Chump is your man. This entire so called speech is nothing but a reality TV speech filled with lies and not one viable solution. He is 100% wrong on the US being a whipping post and has nothing to back that statement up, and in fact the US is at the highest respect level it has ever seen.On China as usual he is 100% wrong, it was American run companies that went to China to get their goods manufactured not China coming and looking for jobs in the US. Trump still does not realize that we live in a global economy and it will never change and you must adapt and work with the global economy. Trump pretends he can manipulate the currency and he is full of hot tea party air with no REAL solutions. His Daddys money took him a long way as did his bankruptcy schemes but it will never take him to the Whitehouse, thank God he could never cut the vetting process.
What he should do is 1) have his throw rug dry cleaned and 2) go back to being a billionaire.
Reading reports of his recent foray into presidential politics makes me think that he's taken leave of his senses!
The only thing bigger than his head is his hair. Where's his flag pin? He's not a real American if he doesn't a flag pin EVERY DAY.
I love political theater and I really do hope Donald Trump runs for president even as an independent. He could hire Omarosa as his campaign manager.
This guy is reality TY personified! What a joke. What an ego! I think folks (even the Tea Partiers) enjoy the "carny" atmosphere of his utterings but would never actually cast a vote for him. Also think he would be slow to let folks see is finances...can't believe all his dealings have been honest, and he is so thin skinned, he would have a hard time with any criticism.
Republicans do want America to be just like Mexico. That's their New World Order plan and here's proof. The Republican controlled congress in the 1990's passed NAFTA and Clinton signed it. In the 2000's, Republicans face mounting pressure to protect our borders and stop illegal immigration, they did nothing. Currently, the Republicans are stripping funding for many government services at the federal level, as are states as well. And, Republicans are mounting state level attacks against public unions so that what government services are still available will be by disgruntled employees who have no incentive to provide quality services. Republicans number one agenda is to lower taxes, eliminating them if they could and they have made great strides toward their goal. Soon we will have the lowest tax rate and quality of services of the country with the lowest tax rate in the world, Mexico. THIS IS THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA! The New World Order is to merge Canada, USA, and Mexico into one country: America, and have the corporations enjoy the world's largest skilled labor pool in the world for peanut wages!
Trump has always been a joke candidate. Is it any wonder why the tea baggers love him? Morons, all of them...
He Shall Over-Comb!