Out on the campaign trail just weeks before the general election, Donald Trump gave a speech yesterday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, site of the decisive Civil War battle.
Unfortunately, Trump’s speech did not rise to the level of oratory as that of Abraham Lincoln’s more than 150 years ago. Trump spent most of his time talking about coming lawsuits against the women accusing him of sexual misconduct.
Now it is being reported that Trump had intended to give a totally different speech, one he wrote on the back of a cocktail napkin while traveling to the historic site. Regrettably, somehow the napkin was lost.
A local pig farmer, Elmer Bates, discovered the lost document on his property and promptly turned it over to his local newspaper, The Gettysburg Gazette..
Here below is the Gettysburg address Trump intended to deliver:
One year and 124 days ago, I announced my candidacy for president of the United States.
Now we are engaged in a monumental election, testing whether our nation will elect me or “Crooked Hillary.”
We are meeting here on a great battlefield of the Civil War.
The brave men who died in that great struggle will roll over in their graves if “Crooked Hillary” is allowed to steal the election.
We can never forget what those men did here. It is for us, the living, to honor their memory by electing the only person who can save our great country … Donald J. Trump.
We must resolve that the dead did not die in vain – that this nation, under God, will have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people and for the people will not perish from the earth.
And those nasty women accusing me of sexual misconduct are lying and I will sure as hell sue them all.
No, not quite the eloquence or gravitas of Abe Lincoln’s historic speech but one Trump would have been proud to have delivered if not for that gust of wind that blew his napkin onto Bates’ pig farm.
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