Watching Trump’s screed on TV, you could be forgiven for not realizing that he actually had a planned speech – a speech written by actual speechwriters – in his pocket, but within the first few minutes of opening his mouth, that plan was gone. The Donald went rogue.
His planned speech, which you can read in its entirety below, was only supposed to run 10 minutes. But once the cameras are rolling, why talk for 10 when you can talk for 60?
His written speech touched on a lot of the same topics as the spoken version – Obamacare, the economy, his negotiating prowess – with a little less xenophobia and less bragging about his $3 website.
As he told the Washington Post last February, Trump wanted to make a straightforward pitch to the American people, “meant to reach voters who are fed up with the political system, mixing conservative populism and a blunt message about leadership.”
That at least was the case whether you read his prepared remarks or listened to what he delivered. But the speech he ended up giving was far more entertaining than the one written for him. Here are some key differences between the prepared text and the real Donald Trump:
It is way past time to build a massive wall to secure our southern border – and nobody can build a bigger and better wall than Donald Trump. A country without borders is, quite simply, not a country. Mexico is not our friend. They are beating us at the border and hurting us badly at economic development. They are sending people that they don’t want—the United States is becoming a dumping ground for the world.
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.
… I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.