Donald Trump offered a rather grim outlook on the nation’s future in a wide-ranging speech at a campaign rally Wednesday in Atlanta.
The event got off to a topical start, with Trump reiterating that he believed if the victims of a deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Florida had been armed there would have been fewer casualties. The tone of the speech turned significantly darker when he later pivoted to discussing where he could foresee the country going.
Trump shared a story about a friend with a terminal illness who was expected to live one more month and then outlived that life expectancy.
“He’s tough as hell,” Trump said, going on to say that he thought his friend was similar to the United States, which was having “the blood sucked out of us.”
“It’s amazing that our country can continue to survive, but you know? Eventually it’s not going to survive. Just so you understand. Eventually it’s not. This guy’s an amazing guy. Our country is an amazing country. It’s amazing that our country could be abused so badly and not surv—,” Trump said, trailing off before shouting, “It’s just amazing!”
“And continue to survive,” he continued. “But it’s not going to continue to survive like this. It can’t. It’s impossible.”
He then began to detail how disastrous he thought it would be for Hillary Clinton to choose Supreme Court justices. He said putting Clinton in charge of filling vacancies on the high court would turn the United States into “Venezuela.”
“If Hillary gets in, you will have a Supreme Court that will destroy our country as we know it, just remember that. It will destroy. We will have Venezuela,” Trump said. “You see what’s happening in Venezuela? We’re getting fairly close to that anyway. But we will have Venezuela,” “We will have something you won’t even recognize.”