Trump Wanted to Play Superman

The New York Times story on Trump’s 18-minute gap in the Hatch Act — Trump Makes First Public Appearance Since Leaving Walter Reed — largely focused on the somewhat maskless crowd, the shortened appearance — Trump was supposed to speak for 30 minutes — and the misuse of federa; property for a political campaign. But near the bottom of the story was a peculiar item which Taggan Goddard’s Political Wire noticed:

In several phone calls last weekend from the presidential suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Mr. Trump shared an idea he was considering: When he left the hospital, he wanted to appear frail at first when people saw him, according to people with knowledge of the conversations. But underneath his button-down dress shirt, he would wear a Superman T-shirt, which he would reveal as a symbol of strength when he ripped open the top layer. He ultimately did not go ahead with the stunt.

I kinda wish he had. It would have driven his poll numbers down a few more points.