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Remember when Donald Trump had daily coronavirus task force press briefings daily? They gave us classics such as bleach would cure the virus. They went so poorly that he was convinced to stop doing them. But Don misses being in the spotlight. He misses being the center of attention. So yesterday, he went live from the White House rose garden. It went as well as you would expect.
In an event that was suppose to focus on testing in United States, the lowlights were anything but that. These are what anyone who watched took away:
Democrats don't want to open the government.
Let's take them in order.
Trump has been complaining that the blue states have been slow to start the reopening process. The red states have been moving quickly...ever since Don said the word "Liberate." It's been a disaster in most of them. We've seen restaurants that are suppose to be one quarter full overloaded with people who are over anxious to get out into public. One Colorado restaurant was closed by the state health department because of this. Plus cases of the coronavirus have risen in those states. They moved too fast....way too fast.
But instead of that, Trump is focusing on the states led by Democratic governors. He said they're staying closed to intentionally hurt him. They would be willing to stay closed until November, if possible.
Pssssst...Don...two things about this:
Better safe than sorry, right?
You're never winning in New York, California or Illinois; so maybe quit worrying about how they're doing business and focus on the states you can win?
Next is what Donnie is calling Obamagate. Over the weekend former President Obama called out Trump for his handling of the pandemic. You rarely, if ever, see a former POTUS dissing the current POTUS. It's just not done in the United States of America. But Barack did it and you know Trump isn't going to take it without a response. He went on a Mother's Day Twitter spree where he attacked a multitude of things. Among them was how Obama was the biggest crook that ever resided on Pennsylvania Ave. Hence, Obamagate.
When Pulitzer prize winning Washington Post reporter Phillip Rucker asked him to be more specific about the crimes, Trump gave this answer:
"It's a disgrace that it happened. Some terrible things happened....and you'll be seeing over the coming weeks. You know what the crime is. The crime is obvious to everybody."
Obvious? Really? Phil asked for specifics and that's what you gave him? Oh yeah, Trump did say that every newspaper is writing about it except his. Hmmm...I went looking for the Obamagate crimes in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Nothing! Nada! ZIP!!! But everyone is writing about? I guess I need to look harder. If I find something, I'l let you and Phil Rucker know.
Both of the above would be enough to make all of us shake our heads in shock, but because it's Donald Trump, you know he's going for more. He always does.
Towards the end of the briefing, he had an exchange with CBS reporter Weija Jiang:
Jiang: "Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we're still seeing more cases every day?"
Trump: Well, they're losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that's a question you should ask China. Don't ask me. Ask China that question. OK? When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer."
Jiang: "Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically — that I should ask China?"
Trump: "I'm not saying it specifically to anybody. I'm saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question like that."
Jiang: "That's not a nasty question. Why does it matter?"
Donald Trump hates strong women. He has a history of attacking women reporters who asks what he feels are disrespectful questions. He hits harder on women of color. Today was Weija Jiang's turn to be attacked by the President of the United States.
There's your trifecta of ridiculous behavior at another Donald Trump press conference. Oh yeah, he ended it by ignoring CNN's Kaitlan Collins after he called on her to ask a question. Trump blew her off and walked off the stage like the little bitch that he is.
Just another day at the White House in 2020.
Donald Trump: "We have met the moment and we have prevailed."
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