With polls consistently showing Donald Trump well behind his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, in the 2020 presidential elections, the president is desperate to convince his base that he’s focused and handling the country’s problems. His main goal seems to be protecting statues of Confederate soldiers, which addresses exactly none of the country’s actual problems.
It was so remarkable that Trump agreed to cancel a golf trip to Bedminster, New Jersey during a new rise in COVID-19 cases, with unemployment at its highest since the Great Depression, and with Americans crying out for policy changes toward racial equality that he felt the need to announce it. Of course, his explanation for the cancelled trip is untrue. New Jersey has a new order mandating that visitors to their state quarantine themselves for at least 14 days upon arrival, an order that the mayor said Trump was exempt from, but the optics of going there without being quarantined is a bad look. Of course, so is golfing at a time like this.
Trump is still touting his false claims that mail-in voting will cause massive voter fraud and lose him the 2020 election. Since the fraud claim is untrue, he makes it fairly obvious that he’s more afraid that if more voters have access to the polls, they’ll likely vote against him. It also sets up a conspiracy theory narrative for Trump to push if he loses.
Never fear, though. Trump is on it with those statues. Not one monument to a slave-owning Confederate will be harmed while the 127,000th American dies from COVID-19.
Twitter had a big response to Trump’s Friday night rant. Read some of their comments below:
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