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Trump's campaign of paranoia reaches new levels: At New Hampshire rally, Trump suggests Mexico sent an airplane to attack him

“That could be a Mexican plane up there.” Trump then pointed upwards and added, “They’re getting ready to attack”


Sophia Tesfaye
July 1, 2016 7:06PM (UTC)

Donald Trump's got bluster down pat. Demagoguery, although a more recent tone for him, appears to now be second-nature. Humour, however, is one department where he could use a little work.

After spending months of railing against undocumented Mexican immigrants and their government, he argues, that is too feckless to prevent the migration, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee appeared to drop his usual bluster and bravado in favor of an odd foray into humor while campaigning on Thursday.

Touting his plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, Trump oddly elevated the Mexican government he so often rails against -- in a manner not unlike what he displayed when he descended from the golden escalator in Trump Tower more than one year ago.

“I respect Mexico, and I respect their leaders," Trump told supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, taking the opportunity to jab the Obama administration.

"What they’ve done to us is incredible. Their leaders are so much smarter, so much sharper, and it’s incredible,” Trump told the crowd.

Then, as a plane flew overhead, Trump said, "That could be a Mexican plane up there -- they're getting ready to attack!"

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Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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