As 100,000 dead mark landmark, Trump continues political obsessions

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And he bowed to his concerns over his tax returns, Hillary Clinton, Fox News, slanders against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, the investigation into Russia, the sanity of Joe Biden, former attorney general Jeff Sessions , mail-in vote in November and pointed to dangerous and unproven Covid -19 therapies promoted on conservative media that he himself has tested.

Between the Twitter flares, a maskless Trump solemnly presided over Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery, and tweeted a campaign-style video of himself celebrating.

“As long as our flag flies in the sky, the names of these fallen warriors will be intertwined in its threads,” he said in a moving speech at Fort McHenry.

“As long as we have citizens ready to follow their example, to carry their burden, to continue their heritage, then the cause of America will never fail and American freedom will never, ever die. “

Yet the scripted solemnity and unifying patriotism only made Trump’s outburst of fury on Twitter all the more surreal, and underscored how impossible it was to avoid getting into American social media even during a weekend. Indeed, Trump began to criticize North Carolina’s Democratic governor Roy Cooper again shortly after his return to the White House on Monday afternoon.

A surreal glimpse into the mind of a president

After three years of Trump deliberately trampling on normal codes of presidential behavior – in part to show supporters that he remains an anti-elite stranger, none of this is surprising.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not shocking, as the most heartbreaking moment so far approaches the country’s battle against a pandemic which, although the ebb in terms of total deaths tends to increase in 18 states , is stable in 22 and relaxed in 10 more. In the United States, more than 98,000 people have died from coronaviruses and more than 1.6 million have been infected. More than 30 million Americans have lost their jobs and the unemployment rate is approaching the levels of the Great Depression.

Some Americans take vacations far from social distance and officials fear future spikes in coronavirus cases

In 50 years, Trump’s weekend Twitter blasts could appear to be a surprising document of a presidency rooted more than ever in personal obsessions and endless wars with the media and its growing crowd of political enemies.

There was little evidence of a deeper sense of his presidency at this stage than personal and political grievances. It also lacks a broader political framework for a potential second Trump term. And apart from relentless pressure to support an aggressive opening of the country, for example in a new request to open schools, Trump seems much less interested in how the task can be done safely – other than retweeting advice from the CDC on handwashing – that its bubbling political squabbles.

No White House could have been fully prepared for the disaster and the economic trough of this year’s pandemic. But it’s also hard to imagine that a recent president of either party fought him with the same campaign of denial, distraction and misinformation.

For example, the most important administrative action of the weekend was a report to Congress on the state of the pandemic – which entrusted responsibility for a test and trace operation which, according to experts , is essential for states. The report, however, included a commitment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send 12.9 million swabs used in coronavirus testing to states in June.

Trump places marker on Republican convention

Trump spent much of Memorial Day, ranting against Cooper, complaining that the Governor of North Carolina was “unable to guarantee” that the arena of the August convention could be filled to capacity. The President is determined to deploy all the pageantry of the congress season to portray a nation and an economy in the grip of what he calls a “transition to greatness.” His ambitions appear to arise from a state of mind similar to his refusal to wear a mask in public to avoid undermining his reopening story.

The comparison could be striking if the Democrats organize a neutral convention of social distancing or put most of the events online in a way that would deprive the presumed democratic candidate Joe Biden of his great moment in front of a large crowd and a prime time television audience. .

Trump Memorial Day weekend in the midst of a pandemic spent playing golf, tweeting conspiracies and insults

However, a spectacle such as the Republican convention seems completely incongruous with events in the real world. Sports teams using such arenas expect to play without fans for at least months in a bio-secure environment. The prospect that thousands of delegates will flock to convention cities across the country, including coronavirus hotspots, is a huge headache for organizers. After the delegates have spent hours or days crammed together, they could then go home to cause further epidemics.

“Unfortunately, Democratic Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in a closed mood and unable to guarantee that in August we will be allowed to fully attend the arena,” Trump tweeted Monday.

“In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars to build the arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democratic governor would allow the Republican Party to occupy full space. “

Cooper told CNN last week that the convention would be treated like any other event and that decisions would be made on the advice of health, data and science officials.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump and the National Republican Committee really wanted to withdraw the Charlotte convention. The chances of such a massive event elsewhere seem slim at this late stage – especially since other major cities and arenas are also facing the virus.

But given that the state of Tar Heel is a vital battlefield in November, Trump could gain political benefits from a campaign fueling local Democrats.

North Carolina reported its biggest peak on Saturday, though, as in every state, it is sometimes difficult to say whether such increases represent a worsening of the epidemic or an increase in testing. It is not one of the most affected states, but deaths have increased again in recent days.

Trump defends golf solution… by slamming Obama

The nature of Trump’s presidential soap opera was also reflected this weekend in his defense of his decision to play golf for the first time since March at his Virginia golf club.

The debate over presidents and their movement to ties has become a tedious ritual that sees supporters taking positions according to the ruling party.

“Some stories about going out for golf and maybe even a little bit of exercise over the weekend. The Fake & Totally Corrupt News gives the impression that it is a mortal sin, “Trump tweeted, complaining about Obama. Force One in Hawaii for his annual vacation where he often played golf.

Fact Check: Trump Spent Much More Time At Golf Clubs Than Obama At The Same Time

Trump has used federal resources many times to get to his resorts and golf courses. Trump’s two tours this weekend struck critics as inappropriate during a national crisis and a weekend where Americans remember his war.

“Almost 100,000 lives have been lost and tens of millions are out of work. Meanwhile, the president has spent his day playing golf, “Biden wrote in a tweet to an online advertisement on Saturday.

The ongoing debate over golf and presidents raises the question of whether presidents should kick clubs out and foreshadow other hobbies for four or eight years, or if they have the right to enjoy a little time free out of the White House bubble. President George W. Bush, for example, decided not to play golf for much of his presidency, fearing bad prospects after sending Americans to war.

Trump could not have been the subject of such criticism if he had not been so dismissive of Obama’s afternoons on the golf course – and saying that he would not have time to play golf. ‘he was elected president.

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