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."
Donald Trump tells it like it is while obama tells us lies except it will be necessary to raise taxes ie he wants to invest in everything he can think of. We cannot take anymore obama and face it, a ham sandwich would be better than obama.
"...recalled how his wife urged him not to be “conceited.""
Well he clearly ignored his wife's request. But then again, I imagine he ignores that request 24/7 since he is always conceited and egotistical.
And I just wonder what his precious tea partiers would think if they knew he supported the bank bailouts, that he gave to Harry Reid just last year, that he has supported abortion and universal healthcare (although now he has conveniently "changed" his position which I actually don't think he's changed anything – I think he is just saying he has to create a base since he would have no chance whatsoever of getting one in any other way), etc ...
Trump. Palin, and Bachmann are leaders of the GOP/Tea Party fascist shock troops. They take pride in their politically incorrect statements no matter how absurd, shocking, or untruthful. Unfortunately their swift boating propoganda is standard fare on conservative political talk shows and FOX news.
Donald Trump...please stand down. You are making a complete fool out of yourself. Not that I am a fan of yours, but still I feel embarrassed for you.
He goes from bad to worse! I think a Trump/Palin ticket would be just perfect:-) They BOTH love to hear themselves talk & neither has a clue!
His cake is baked anyway.
OMG!!!!!!!! Sounds like POTUS oh not are current one but somebody, oh who am i thinkin of oh thats right BUSH. LOL
Donald Trump, like Sarah Palin, don't need to worry about anyone destroying his credibility; they each do a very thorough job of doing themselves in. I feel sorry for them, for not even their money and fame can protect them from their worst enemies, themselves. There is something so insincere and fake about these two, that the mere mention of their names rings of parody. Sad.
This guy Donald Trumpet is a joke,.. the only way he gonna see the White House, is from a tour bus.
What a joke... We are 300 million strong and who do we listen to? Trump, Palin, Bachmann? Especially Trump, an egotistic, mediocre, wanna-be fool with a funny hairdo. People who are doing many things are usually not good at anything...
Donald Trump, first of all, prove to me that you are a billionaire. I think that you are a fraud and further, I do not believe that ypu can or will provide your financial statements because then, the entire worl d would see that your wealth is all on paper. Further to that, Mr. Trump how about statements from, all of your ex-wives and all of those that were hurt in your bankruptcy filings. Why have we not heard word one from your current wife? Could it be because we couldn't understand what she would be saying? Mr. Trump, you sir are a fraud, you are interested only in the ratings of your Reality show and your soon to be signed new contracf with Fox. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
How big was the crowd – it sounded like about 10 people were in the audience? He had some nerve playing James Brown at the beginning – I guess that is how he gets along with "the Blacks!!!"
He didn't speak NOTHING about policy and he is very conceited (so says his 3rd or 4th wife too). He curses and the crowd LOVES IT!! This is someone we want in the WH – BRING IT ON HAIRDO!!
Bush made it easier for Obama to win the presidency. McCain didn't do very well in campaigning espcially when he pick Palin. He must have lost some sort of bet to have Palin as his VP.
If Trump doesn't believe Obama wrote his books, then where is his proof? I'd like more than just hot air about this conspiracy. I'd like something more real than Trump's hair.
One word. PATHETIC!
The Donald would have given the same speech (well, he really read what parts I saw) if no one was there, EXCEPT A MIRROR. This guy really loves himself !
Every time this guy opens his mouth he is raking up his credentials as a big mouth, nut head, a cheat and a moron who has no respect for the office of the president. I think the media should totallly ignore him by not covering his rants and raves. He is a shame to good business people and is moron.
Donald Trump you are about as dumb as the TEA PARTY IS. Michele Bachmann and Saran Palin Is a toss up who Is the Biggest IDIOT, But I think It tie. The Tea Party Is Nothing but Corporate drones and own by the KOCH'S BROTHER , they don't do any thing but spread hate , twist people word around and are RACIST. Donald I Really thought you had more class than that to bring this birther thing up again , But you show me you have no class at all. It pretty bad you have to go this low , because you know you or any other Republican don't have a chance to beat President Obama with out going that low . You know you Republican and Tea Party people have to make up your mind if you have one. First you Republican and the TEA PARTY got mad at President Obama because he didn't do anything about Libyan people. So President got other country to Join us , now you mad because he did something. So no matter want he does Isn't going to be good enough because of the color of his skin. You people are nothing but RACIST.
hey don you are saying the same thing that president obama said about china how he wanted us to make things in the us again. obama 2012.
If tis Bozo was't on television every week acting like a tough shrewed businessman to the morons without lives who make such a one their life his presdential ambitions would be consider sheer idiocy. Trump is a rabble rouser and little else. Back eons ago when 60 Minutes 1st profiled him and his Chez-mate the impression I got was here's a fraud if there ever was one and event till now have convinced me of the accuracy of that first impression.
Wonder if he was hitting on any of the standard fat Tea Party women. Trump is surely in need of a new mistress.
I blame George W. Bush for lowering the standards of the presidency so much that now any unqualified idiot thinks they can run and win. This oversized Oompa Loompa should thank him.
Donald we need you. I hope you are serious this time. I feel you will become the Teddy Roosevelt of the 21st century. You make these other Republican nerd geek candidates look like amateurs. GO DONALD !!!
wow, now ayers wrote obamas first book. i think trump is losing his mind. something about being cloystered in some 50th floor manhattan penthouse for too long has just made him crazy. saying that bill ayers wrote obamas first book is a crazy assertion.
Trump-Sheen 2012.....the obvious choice.
I am President.....You're Fired!
Donald Trump's people !
An e-mail reportedly sent by party central committee member Marilyn Davenport shows an image, posed like a family portrait, of chimpanzee parents and child, with Obama's face artificially superimposed on the child. Text beneath the photo reads, "Now you know why no birth certificate."