I tossed out Gettysburg as an alternative for him last week amid the complaints about him appropriating the White House as a backdrop for his speech, as it’s unethical for officials to use the public trappings of their office for personal benefit. You would think POTUS might want to avoid that perception considering he was impeached for that reason less than a year ago.
Gettysburg has the sort of near-mythic historical grandeur that would naturally appeal to Trump. In fact, when I made the suggestion I’d forgotten that he’s already spoken there. In late October 2016 he visited and used the occasion to list the things he wanted to achieve during his first 100 days in office. Trump being Trump, he also complained at length about the many women who’d recently emerged to accuse him of sexual misconduct of one form or another. “Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” he vowed, a pledge he didn’t keep. He called for unity at the time as well, saying, “President Lincoln served in a time of division like we’ve never seen before. It is my hope that we can look at his example to heal the divisions we are living through right now. We are a very divided nation.” Then he torched all of that:
Trump said the system is “totally rigged and broken” because Clinton has been allowed to run for president, even though he says that she broke “so many laws on so many different occasions.” Trump also implied that what he called rampant voter fraud could cost him the election and said the media was “dishonest.”
“They’re corrupt. They lie and fabricate stories to make a candidate that is not their preferred choice look as bad, and even dangerous, as possible,” Trump said. “At my rallies, they never show or talk about the massive crowd size and try to diminish all of our events. On the other hand, they don’t show the small size of Hillary’s crowds but, in fact, talk about how people are there — very small crowds, you know it, they know it, everybody knows it.”