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But I'm the “cheerleader for America” Trump.

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President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump continues to dig the hole deeper. Expect some stunts that attempt to divert attention from the current news cycle in the coming week.

President Donald Trump conceded on Wednesday that he did purposefully downplay the COVID-19 in its early stages despite privately acknowledging it was “deadly stuff” — but he did it for you, America!

“I’m a cheerleader for this country,” Trump said during a press conference at the White House Wednesday, when asked about claims in journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, which reportedly quotes Trump admitting to soft-peddling the virus. “I love our country and I don’t want people to be frightened … and certainly I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy.”

“We want to show confidence. We want to show strength. We want to show strength as a nation. And that’s what I’ve done,” he added. “And we’ve done very well.”

Trump argued his falsely rosy portrayal of the pandemic early in the year, during which he claimed COVID-19 was no more serious than the flu, was all about showing “leadership.”

“And leadership is all about confidence. And confidence is confidence in our country,” he said.

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so many contradictions, so little time left to 3 November.

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So America is 1940 Coventry England and the myth of Churchill’s  perfidy, as Trump & Kushner still get publisher royalties from the 1942 Baedeker Blitz. Such is the choice of stupid analogies.

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— ethelred (@aethelred) September 11, 2020

President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Jun 3, 2020 Michael D'Antonio writes that the White House press secretary's comparison of Donald Trump's church photo op to Britain's World War II leader inspecting bomb damage makes no sense. www.cnn.com/…

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