Trump COVID19 presser: “ready, willing, and able to go in with great force” without health experts

Led with Pfizer vaccine trial progress and exaggerated its availability. More than a few lies spewed.

Trump implies that the wall is keeping the virus out, spins that protests are spreading the #TrumpVirus. Goes blah-blah on a variety of cherry-picked data. Went bleak and dire about cities, even though they aren’t. Went for 30 minutes with little new, aside from continuing on his earlier remarks on how the Feds will be going in more cities using the same tactics as in DC and Portland.

The trade-off for Trump will be “great ratings” versus reinforcing the message that he’s desperate and trying all kinds of stunts including violent repression to distract from 143,000 deaths and rising.

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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 22, 2020

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— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) July 22, 2020



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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 22, 2020

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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 22, 2020

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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 22, 2020

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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 22, 2020


Q: is this a political stunt?

in their own way they want us to go in

Q: Schools reopening safely?

Claims there is a strategy, weirdly mentions housing prices Trump does nonsense about “kids bringing it home”

Q: Mask policies?

I believe in it (pulls his out of his pocket)

Q: will mask policies apply to federal facilities?

Trump waffles

Q: on Congressional negotiations (CARES4)?

Trump punts

Q: on DHS and cities?

calling for “The big numbers” cites Chicago

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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 22, 2020

Q: Why no experts?

Trump: I talked to them

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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 22, 2020

follow-up why was it PBO’s fault in 2016?

Q: more Chinese embassies to close / and did you ask Woody Johnson to get the British Open?

Trump denies it and make weird comment about fire at Houston PRC embassy (The fire came after the order to remove the consulate)

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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 22, 2020

“I’ve done more for African-Americans than anyone with the exception of Abraham Lincoln” 

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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 22, 2020

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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 22, 2020

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Flees.