Trump’s White House rally fails to evoke adulation of stony-faced journalists | American News

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Aafter turning the South Lawn into a convention stage last month, Donald Trump held a surprise campaign-event press conference on Monday at the front door of the White House – where Jackie Kennedy wore black on the day of the funeral of JFK, and where the Obamas greeted their successors on inauguration day.On a glorious late-summer day, Trump’s perspective behind a presidential porch on the north porch allowed him to see the statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square and, beyond, the Black Lives Matter Newly created plaza. Give him a second term in November, and maybe he’ll install a golden escalator like the one he went down to Trump Tower to launch his first campaign.

Despite the harsh environment, the president abandoned any pretense of rising above the political uproar. For 46 minutes, he called his Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden “stupid,” falsely accused Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris of peddling anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, and unleashed a torrent of demi -truths and untruths.

But unlike the loyalists on the South Lawn for the convention speech, or the devotees who gather at Trump’s increasingly frequent gatherings between the airport and the hangar, there was a stony silence from journalists wearing masks sitting under columns, ornate carvings and a giant lamp on white. Driveway to the house.

The eternal salesman, Trump wanted to use Labor Day to brag about the economic recovery. The numbers are “terrific,” he said. “We are in the midst of the fastest economic recovery in US history,” he said. Some 10.6 million jobs have been added since May, he said, although he failed to acknowledge that nearly half of the jobs lost in the pandemic still have not returned.

Of the pickup, he said: “We have a V-shape. It’s probably a super-V. No mention of the more than 100,000 small businesses that closed or unemployment benefits that had expired for millions of Americans. As for his claim on the pandemic – “We are an absolute leader, in all respects” – well, no one can dispute that America has the highest caseload (over 6.2 million) or the number highest death toll (over 189,000) in the world.

Biden and Harris “should immediately apologize for the reckless vaccine rhetoric they are talking about right now, talking about ‘putting lives at risk,'” Trump accused, after Harris said she would rely on decisions of public health officials and medical experts for information. on a Covid-19 vaccine rather than the president.

“It undermines science, and what happens is all of a sudden you’ll have this amazing vaccine and because of this false rhetoric it’s political rhetoric, that’s all that is, just to politics, ”Trump said.

He later added: “The numbers look incredibly strong, incredibly good. So now they say, ‘Wow, Trump did it, OK, let’s bash the vaccine. It’s so bad for this country. It’s so bad for the world to say that, and that’s what they say.

Yes, the man who said the coronavirus would “just go away,” suggested injecting bleach as a cure and dismissed the climate crisis as a hoax accusing his opponents of undermining science. Perhaps Neil deGrasse Tyson should moderate the first presidential debate later this month.

Despite the trappings of the White House, this was a campaign event in disguise. Biden and the “radical Socialist Democrats would immediately bring about an economic collapse,” Trump warned grimly. “You will have a crash like you’ve never seen before. ”

Biden wants to demolish the energy industry, he continued in an increasingly fanciful manner, and will cause more blackouts in California. “He wants things to be lighted by the wind.”

There was also a long rant on the trade. China, he said, “took advantage of stupid people. Stupid people. And Biden is a stupid person. You know it, you’re not going to write it, but you know it… If Biden wins, China will own that country. ”

After more than 20 minutes of darkness, doom and fear, the president said, rather unconvincingly, “Happy Labor Day everyone! then answered questions, trying and failing to convince the first reporter to take off his mask (“If you don’t take it off you are very suffocated”).

Naturally, Trump was asked about the Atlantic magazine report that he denigrated the dead soldiers as “losers” and suckers. ” Although several former Trump administration officials said the report reflected their knowledge, the president described it as a “totally made-up story” and demanded, “Who would say such a thing? Only an animal would say such a thing.

Trump also claimed he was “taking the high road” by not meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to discuss a coronavirus stimulus package. “I don’t need to meet them to be turned down,” he says.

“They don’t want to make a deal because they think if the country is doing as badly as possible… it’s good for Democrats. I take the high road. I take the high road without seeing them.

Then someone turned on the blue tactile paper asking about the Russia investigation. “They spied on my campaign, and that includes Biden and Obama!” Trump fumed, suddenly enlivened by conspiracy theory. “If we did what they did, you would have a lot of people in jail right now.”

And when asked if he would support an investigation into the allegations against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, the president added, “Yeah, if anything can be proven that he did something wrong, always. They’ve been looking at me for four years, they haven’t found anything.

“Four years, think about it. For four years. Since the day I got off the escalator, I have been the subject of a sleaze investigation. And they didn’t find anything. They found nothing. A friend of mine said you have to be the most innocent and honorable man to ever be president.

Trump also spared Harris a bit of venom, insisting that “she’s never going to be president, although I have to be careful because Obama used to say that about me so I have to be a little careful. But you have to take a closer look at her because obviously Joe is not doing very well.

A poll, however, shows Biden continues to enjoy a steady lead over Trump. Standing at the front door of the White House two months before Election Day, the President looked like a desperate man, as if firing a machine gun in all directions like Tony Montana of the besieged Al Pacino in his mansion of luxury at Scarface. The election could go the same way.

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