On Monday, the all-online Democratic National Convention (DNC) got underway, with speeches that were broadcast from high-profile public figures like former First Lady Michelle Obama. On Tuesday at the White House, President Donald Trump melted down over the speech when asked about it by CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins. Michelle had insisted that Trump is clearly in over his head while in the White House, and the president, yet again, clearly didn’t take the criticism well.
‘She was over her head, and frankly, she should have made the speech live which she didn’t do. She taped it and it was not only taped, it was taped a long time ago because she had the wrong [Coronavirus] deaths. She didn’t even mention the vice presidential candidate in the speech. She gets these fawning reviews. If you gave a real review, it wouldn’t be so fawning. I thought it was a very divisive speech, extremely divisive. We have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for my campaign.’
It is absolutely incredible for Donald Trump to accuse someone else of being divisive. Has he ever listened to himself talk for any meaningful amount of time? He is himself one of the most divisive folks imaginable; he frequently characterizes his political opponents as so conspiratorially villainous that it’s almost cartoonish, which doesn’t even cover the endless racism and sexism that he peppers his remarks with.
Meanwhile, at the White House this week, Trump claimed that his action to lower prescription drug prices is one of the reasons why his campaign has such “tremendous… enthusiasm.” To be clear, Trump signed an executive order in July titled “Lowering Drug Prices By Putting America First” — but the White House still does not appear to have released the full text of the order, and at the time of signing, Trump said that in the absence of a superseding deal with drug companies, the order would go into effect on August 25 — which is in the future, of course. So how exactly could something that hasn’t gone into effect be fueling “tremendous… enthusiasm” for Trump?
On Tuesday, Trump added some more criticism of the former First Lady, insisting:
‘I thought her speech was very divisive and, frankly, I wouldn’t even be here if it weren’t for Barack Obama. See, we’re standing in the White House. I wouldn’t be in the White House except for Barack Obama because they did a bad job — Biden and Obama. And if they did a good job, I wouldn’t be here. I’d be building buildings someplace and having a good time.’
It’s not exactly an innately compelling campaign message for Trump to say that the only reason his presidency is useful is because the other guy supposedly didn’t do a great job. Watch his comments below:
In reality, there are actually high levels of enthusiasm for voting against Trump. As of Tuesday morning, Democratic presidential pick Joe Biden leads Trump by an average of 7.7 percent in national-level polls, according to RealClearPolitics. Biden also leads in a slew of important swing states around the country.