Sunday’s White House COVID-19 presser featured IMPOTUS* rambling through reading numbers of items like field hospitals allocated but not actually delivered, and ad-libbing campaign speech rhetoric “people are saying we’re very united”. Repeated how proud he is and how victory is at hand. He actually starting getting bored while reading numbers.
"We are at war," declares the president who less than a month ago dismissed Democratic criticisms of his coronavirus response as "their new hoax" pic.twitter.com/MW5d7styua
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 22, 2020
I'm so afraid now that Trump is telling us how unified I am with him. I really would never have said this three weeks ago. Honestly, I'm not saying it now. I'm so glad he thinks we're special, though.
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) March 22, 2020
Trump promised US supercomputers will defeat the “Chinese virus”, even though Chinese supercomputers are now apparently faster.
Unleash The American SuperComputers!!! pic.twitter.com/ilM6XwN8Lm
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) March 22, 2020
Trump's trade policies haven’t helped. Tariffs on medical supplies made them more expensive, and they were only lifted on March 5, even though health care associations asked the Trump administration LAST YEAR to exempt items like masks, gloves, and gowns.https://t.co/u3VyGKTm5q
— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) March 21, 2020
Two weeks ago Trump’s “hidden enemy” seemed to be different
The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, “The risk is low to the average American.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2020
Trump for some reason is now touting his poll numbers among veterans pic.twitter.com/2FGRkFpkBw
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 22, 2020
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, Reuters has learned.https://t.co/mroRPrJAdx
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) March 22, 2020
Grim context aside:
Take a moment to process the fact that we now live in a time when it is possible to track the movements of millions of people halfway around the world, via their cell phone data, to illustrate the spread of a pandemic for a global audience. 🔽 https://t.co/g3zOrUPOmM
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) March 22, 2020
more game-changing, blames “ we inherited previous broken obsolete system”, brags on the two still sailing hospital ships. This is now a campaign rally.
Rand Paul questions come, as to who he had contact with, including Trump.
Trump says “Romney’s in isolation? Gee that’s too bad”
The presser continues with more Trump bafflegab complaining about nationalization with Venezuela as an example. “We have a lot of things happening now”. “Some companies don’t even know what a ventilator is”.
Trump is running out of steam. filibustering with the hospital ships was a start. Defaulting to partisan examples, especially when governors were complimentary to him.
Misunderstands what “release of elderly non-violent prisoners” means.
Trump hinted at military hostage rescue but doesn’t mention details other than hinting at she was treated “at whatever the maximum is before death”.
“this situation will be unique for many many centuries” to explain why Bill DiBlasio says that medical supplies will run out in April.
Trump tries to explain sterilization. Peter Navarro touted distilleries making hand sanitizer because Pernod making 1000 gallons seems like a lot.
Trump touts giving up his salary (golf trips are at $135 million)
questions about North Korea and COVID-19 aid
Trump responds that the US is “glad-handing” nations like Iran
now more answers with “we’ll see what happens”
Trump thinks he got a “nasty question” now turns wistfully about getting boos, and whines about his legal costs.
“It’s so hard for rich people to run for office.”
claims it’s better for rich people that the tax-cut gave them a “cushion”
back to campaign rally-speak
now back to using Washington as an example of being a rich person while being president.
“It’s a war”
“we’re paying more money to people” (to social distance themselves)
Trump is now in the weeds.
question on financial aid to foreign countries
“I don’ think I’ve ever said no” (funding is being cut)
A “sir” example.
ACA question on the Texas lawsuit -more of the same doubletalk about eliminating the entire ACA
presser finally over