Trump Tells Rally: If He Acted Like a Presidential 'Stiff,' 'You Guys Wouldn't Be Here Tonight'

By Susan Jones | March 12, 2018 | 7:05 AM EDT

President Donald Trump mimes a stiff politician at a rally near Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 10. (Photo: Screen grab)

( - President Donald Trump, campaigning for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone on Saturday near Pittsburgh, mocked presidents who act stiffly presidential.

"We're going to do things that nobody's been able to do," he told the crowd, then interrupted himself:

"You know, it's very funny. Every time I go out to speak, we have these massive crowds." He noted that "thousands" of people had been turned away from Saturday's rally.


Then he complained about Peggy Noonan's criticism of him in one of her recent columns.

"Remember I used to say how easy it is to be presidential?" Trump asked the crowd. "But you'd all be outta here right now if I -- you'd be so bored. Because I could stand up, right?"

Putting his hands by his side, Trump imitated a stiff politician, sthe podium, swiveling at the podium.

"I'm very presidential," he pantomimed in a robotic voice. "Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here tonight. Rick Saccone will be a great, great congressman. He will help me very much. He's a fine man."

The crowd loved it.

"And Yong is a wonderful wife," Trump said, continuing with the robot pantomime. "I just want to tell you on behalf of the United States of America, we appreciate your service. We appreciate your service. And to all of the military out there, we respect you very much. Thank you. Thank you. And then you go -- 'God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much.'" (trotting off the stage).

"See, that's easy!" Trump said, reverting to his normal persona. "That's much easier than doing what I have to do.  Because -- but this is much more effective. But don't forget, this is what got us elected.  If I came like a stiff, you guys wouldn't be here tonight."

Trump said he's really "smart," and he objected to Noonan describing him as "some kind of Neanderthal."

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