Donald Trump gave a very nice speech from a teleprompter today in Warsaw’s Krasinski Square, a memorial to a 1944 uprising against the Nazi invasion, and the crowd went wild for him, excitedly chanting “Donald Trump! Donald Trump! Donald Trump!” Which was exactly what they were supposed to do: In arranging Trump’s visit, Poland’s rightwing government promised that Trump would have crowds cheering for him. To make sure of it, the government bused in people from all around the country, a technique borrowed from old-time communist days.
Repeatedly, throughout a speech in which the president recounted Polish history to the visitors, waiting people chanted “Donald Trump” and repeatedly interrupted him to do so.
Much of the crowd was brought in from across the country, and carried signs saying where they had come from – including “Pila” or “Gorzow” in the west. Other banners featured the right-wing, pro-government Gazeta Polska newspaper.
Wow, if that isn’t a spontaneous demonstration of the Polish people’s deep love of Donald Trump, we don’t know what is. The Law and Justice Party instructed all its members of parliament and other party leaders to bus in at least 50 people each so that Trump could look forward to a warm reception. No doubt he will remember it fondly, and will cite the massive cheering crowd to disprove the Fake News in a recent Pew Research Center poll showing that while 73 percent of Poles have a positive view of the USA, only 23 percent said they have confidence in Trump as its leader, compared to 58 percent for Barack Obama. That can’t possibly be an accurate Pole poll. Just listen to the cheering!
Crowd in Poland chants 'Donald Trump' after POTUS declares "The West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail." pic.twitter.com/VWptngFf75
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 6, 2017
The mandatory enthusiasm certainly impressed Trump’s online fans on the Twitter box:
Now let’s get one thing clear: While the crowd was definitely bused in, there’s no evidence they were paid to be there — maybe they got a nice lunch or something, but let’s not have that “paid crowd” nonsense. They were dragooned into this of their own free will.
By contrast, nobody needed to bus in audience members when Barack Obama went to Berlin in 2008 — and he wasn’t even President Obama yet.
As for Trump’s speech itself, it achieved one very important goal on the checklist: Trump finally said NATO is a good thing, and that the USA remains committed to the mutual defense clause, Article 5, of the NATO charter, so would you please please stop asking him about it, OK? He also said some mildly tough things about Russia, even, which he read with all the sincerity he could muster:
We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in the Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes, including Syria and Iran, and instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and defense of civilization itself[.]
See? He is now officially Not Putin’s Bitch Ever, no matter what insane shit he ends up saying later. It’s on the record.
Trump’s wingnut fans, like Infowars spudboy Paul Joseph Watson, liked his nod to nationalism and defending Western Culture from the Muslim hordes, although those last four words are simply implied:
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) July 6, 2017
Say… what’s that flag right at the front of the crowd as the video starts?
Glad to see the Polish neo-Confederates showed up, too. Warsaw will Rise Again.
Yr Wonkette is supported by reader donations, and we don’t even have a bus. But you can help gas up the Wonkebago by clicking the “Donate4” clicky below!