Election 2020

Tim Kaine Tries a Trump Impression at DNC

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Sen. Tim Kaine (R-Va.) admitted from the moment Hillary Clinton picked him to be her running mate that he was a boring guy.

So to introduce him to the nation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, there were a few Donald Trump impressions written into his speech.

“Now you know who I don’t trust? Hmm, I wonder. Donald Trump. Donald Trump. Trump is a guy who promises a lot but, you may have noticed, he has got a way of saying the same two words every time he makes his biggest, hugest promises,” Kaine said.

“‘Believe me.’ It’s going to be great, believe me. We are going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for, believe me. We are going to destroy ISIS so fast, believe me. There is nothing suspicious and my tax returns, believe me.”

Kaine added, “By the way, does anybody in this massive auditorium believe that Donald Trump has been paying his fair share of taxes? Does anybody here believe that Trump ought to release his tax returns just like every other presidential candidate in modern history?”

After the audience sounded their approval, the vice presidential nominee continued: “Of course he should. Hey, Donald, what are you hiding? And yet, Donald still says, believe me. Believe me.”

“Believe me? Believe me? I mean, here’s the thing, most people when they run for president, they don’t just say, believe me, they respect you enough to tell you how they will get things done.”

During a Wednesday speech in Scranton, Pa., Trump used “believe me” half a dozen times.

“We open up states, meaning me, meaning you. You know, we’re together. I’m a messenger. I’m a messenger. That’s all I am. Believe me. Believe me,” Trump said.

Clinton isn’t going to change “because the special interests and her lobbyists will never ever let her change, believe me,” he said, followed later by “you’re going to have jobs flowing in, believe me.”

“…So a general gets on, sent obviously by Obama, and he said, ‘Mr. Trump doesn’t understand. He knows nothing about defense.’ I know more about offense and defense than they will ever understand, believe me. Believe me. Than they will ever understand. Than they will ever understand.”