By now, everyone in the country with a television or a smartphone has seen Donald Trump give rambling, nonsensical, tyrannical, and even delusional speeches. What no one has yet seen, however, is a rambling, nonsensical, tyrannical, and even delusional campaign rally speech from the Rose Garden. That is, no one had seen it before Tuesday.
Trump is just out here BSin' pic.twitter.com/puKxmAys6U
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 14, 2020
Presidential speeches from the Rose Garden are not meant to be campaign rallies and, in fact, that’s a pretty serious violation of the Hatch Act. Trump, however, sounded exactly like he did in rallies, promoting his strongman policies, insulting other countries to make himself look tougher, but most importantly, he rambled from topic to topic with almost no thread unifying his sentences together. Shortly after the press conference, #TrumpIsNotWell was trending on Twitter.
‘We withdrew from the Chinese dominated WHO, and we fully rebuilt the United States military. The WHO, World Health Organization, we were paying close to $500 million a year. China was paying $39 million a year, and China had too much say, worked it very hard, which is a bad thing done by our past administrations, but we were tough.’
Trump soiled the WH Rose Garden with that performance. Presidents do not use the Rose Garden in that kind of naked political fashion. That was not a press conference, as the WH described it. It was a campaign rally disguised as a press conference. It was a bait and switch.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 14, 2020
To cover his incompetent handling of COVID-19, he blamed China and explained his response to the virus as consisting mostly of blaming China and retaliating against them and the World Health Organization. It isn’t exactly the best idea to defund the WHO during a global pandemic, but someone has to take the fall for the more than 130,000 deaths in America.
‘I was asking, why are we paying so much more than China? China has 1.4 billion people. We have 325. Probably three hundred twenty-five million approximately, nobody can give an exact count. We’re trying to get an exact count, but you have over the years many illegals who have come into the country, so it depends on how you want to count it, but you could say 325-350 million people as opposed to 1.4 billion people, and the world trade is terrible. That deal is terrible, and the world health is a terrible deal.’
This entire Trump "press conference" in the Rose Garden is a violation of the Hatch Act.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 14, 2020
Trump puffed up his chest and bragged that his administration has been “as tough as you can on world health,” prompting viewers to try to decipher what on earth he was trying to say. When the leader of the free world gives speeches that cause the world to wonder if they’re struggling from some sort of cognitive break, a virus that is sweeping the country begins to look quite a bit more dangerous than before.
‘We’ve been very tough on the World Trade Organization, and we’ve been I guess as tough as you can on world health. We withdrew our money. We told them we’re getting out. Doesn’t mean we won’t go back in. Maybe we will when it’s correctly run, but they made a lot of bad predictions and they said a lot of bad things about what to do and how to do it, and they turned out to be wrong, and they were really a puppet of China, and make no mistake we hold China fully responsible for concealing the virus and unleashing it upon the world.’
Let’s see how many of these Rose Garden press briefings Trump will do before he gets yanked again. https://t.co/jbl0c5Hbgb
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 14, 2020
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