Trump’s shark rant, Las Vegas, June 9, 2024

At a rally in Las Vegas on June 9, Donald Trump’s teleprompter broke, so he was forced to start riffing, and continued to do so throughout the hour-plus long talk.

The rally was outside and the temperature was above 100 degrees. Six attendees had to be taken to the hospital due to the extreme heat, and 24 others were treated on site, according to the Associated Press.

Trump claimed 20,000 people attended the rally, but Clark County Parks and Recreation Special Events said the venue where the rally was held had a maximum capacity of only 3,000 people.

About 43 minutes into the rally, Trump started ranting about electric-powered boats, telling the crowd they are too slow and too heavy to float. (He is apparently unaware the U.S. Navy has been ordering and taking delivery of electric-powered surface combat vessels and submarines for years.) He goes on to talk about MIT, batteries, boats sinking due to their weight, electrocution, sharks and suicide.

The rally had people across the country questioning Trump’s cognitive status.

The New Republic called the talk “bonkers” and said “zero of the underlying premises” of his talk were true. Salon said, “We have to come up with a new word for ‘unhinged.'” Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post wrote a column titled “Is Donald Trump Okay?” Esquire magazine posted an article the next day, on June 10, titled, “Trump spent the weekend warning a crowd in the Las Vegas desert about shark attacks.”

Above is the shark clip from the talk.

Stormy Daniels was the first to reveal Trump’s obsession with sharks and the highly unlikely event that he might be eaten by them. Here is her description of a dinner she had with Trump in room at the Beverly Hills Hotel 2007:

“The strangest thing about that night — this was the best thing ever. You could see the television from the little dining room table and he was watching Shark Week and he was watching a special about the U.S.S. something and it sank and it was like the worst shark attack in history. He is obsessed with sharks. Terrified of sharks. He was like, “I donate to all these charities and I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die.” He was like riveted. He was like obsessed. It’s so strange, I know …

So strange. So we finished dinner and we moved to the sofa so he could get a better view of Shark Week.”


  11 comments for “Trump’s shark rant, Las Vegas, June 9, 2024

  1. I have a confession.

    I didn’t go to college because I didn’t think I needed to. I didn’t graduate high school cause I thought my teachers sucked and they wouldn’t stop badgering me about showing up and doing my homework. My parents informed me that education was a waste of time and money. Because of all this, I expected things would roll my way and didn’t know history because reading is for sissies.

    When the economy bottomed out in 2008/9, I directed my anger at Obama because that’s what Fox News told me to do. Now, because I’m naive, hopeful, and dreadfully uneducated and poor, I am placing my bet on the strong man because he makes the most promises. I dislike Biden because I only see black and white, and I am a lazy, overweight, ignorant American that hates learning and anyone that disagrees with me. Finally, because of all the sitcoms I’ve watched, I’m convinced that TV/internet/Fox News = the truth, and I don’t know what to do when things don’t go my way, which is why when the guy I vote for doesn’t win, I feel obligated to take up arms against his opponent whether in his opponent won or not. I don’t mind being white trash so long as I can disparage people I believe are beneath me and I feel better about myself because that way at least I’m not on the bottom of societies sh!t pile.

    In short, I have no idea what I’m doing, what is actually going on, or what to do about it. And Trump’s monosyllabic approach appeals to my ignorance.

  2. So horseshitharry admits to trying to initiate a harassment campaign again the library/librarian hosting that info session yesterday and is now doubling-down today on the breathless nonsense today. The desperation is palpable..

  3. Trump is worse than Charles Manson as he incited the traitors to do his killing and injuring on Jan 6, 2021…Manson had a small handful of mentally unstable followers but Trump has millions…and now 34 guilty charges for the felon how pathetic you MAGA maggots are!

  4. Trump is pathetic. I can’t imagine being at one of his rallies listening to him drivel on and on and on….. it would be an insult to most normal people’s intelligence.

  5. Anne, your response to badhat is spot on. The problem is that he seems impervious to fact, reality, and common sense. He is a truly sad, pitiable individual! I wouldn’t waste too much time rebutting the nonsense he spews.

  6. Hilarious…you mock Trump for improvising for an hour when Joe Biden can barely say his own name without a teleprompter

    Next, you quibble about the attendance and since I like to verify I looked for a source other than the park district and found a Reno newspaper that cited tens of thousands.
    Regardless, Joey Biden can’t fill an elementary school gymnasium.

    But the cherry on the cake was your link to the Eugene Robinson, someone who hates Trump with or without the Las Vegas rally.

    • Trump doesn’t need mocking. This is an unedited clip of him speaking at one of his rallies and he makes as much sense as a spatchcocked chicken. This is how your candidate sounds.

    • Trump is worse than Charles Manson as he incited the traitors to do his killing and injuring on Jan 2, 2021…Manson had a small handful of mentally unstable followers but Trump has millions…and now 34 guilty charges for the felon how pathetic you MAGA maggots are!

    • More significant than accounts of attendance and unhinged rants is Trump’s record of governance.

      Trump’s legacy is a sordid tale of broken promises, shattered norms, and a relentless assault on the foundations of American democracy. Elected on grandiose pledges to “Make America Great Again,” Trump’s presidency devolved into a cesspool of corruption and incompetence.

      His administration’s “renovation” of the swamp was nothing short of farcical, as he filled it with lobbyists and cronies, only to rescind ethics orders and drown any hope of accountability. His deregulatory rampage left federal agencies crippled and ill-equipped to handle crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing his callous disregard for public welfare.

      Under his “stewardship,” legislative achievements were scant, save for a tax scam that funneled wealth to the rich while ballooning the national debt to unprecedented levels. His relentless assault on Obamacare left millions uninsured and vulnerable, showcasing his utter disregard for the well-being of ordinary Americans.

      But perhaps Trump’s most enduring legacy is the erosion of trust in democracy itself. His incessant lies about voter fraud and his shameless attempts to overturn a free and fair election culminated in the insurrection at the Capitol, revealing the festering rot at the heart of his presidency.

      The scars of Trump’s legacy serve as a stark reminder of the dangers of demagoguery and the fragility of democracy in the face of tyranny.

    • Yet more whatabout-ism….this laughable party clown only has one trick among an appropriate fascination with cake.

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