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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Peter Baker: The president spoke in the Rose Garden for 63 minutes. He spent only six of those minutes answering questions from reporters. What followed instead was an hour of presidential stream of consciousness as Mr. Trump drifted seemingly at random from one topic to another, often in the same run-on sentence. Even for a president who rarely sticks to the script and wanders from thought to thought, it was one of the most rambling performances of his presidency.



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At times, it was hard to understand what he meant. He seemed to suggest that his presumptive Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., would get rid of windows if elected and later said that Mr. Biden would "abolish the suburbs." He complained that Mr. Biden had "gone so far right." (He meant left.)

Even for those who follow Mr. Trump regularly and understand his shorthand, it became challenging to follow his train of thought. ...On Twitter, his critics quickly compared him to a grandfather who had broken into the sherry cabinet. "Trump is a truly sick individual," wrote Jon Favreau, who was President Barack Obama's chief speechwriter. Rick Wilson, a founder of the Lincoln Project, a group of anti-Trump Republicans, called it "rambling verbal dysentery."

Most of the time, the president paid little attention to the text he seemed to have brought with him, but he eventually read from what he claimed was Mr. Biden's campaign agenda but was in fact a misleading compilation assembled by his own political advisers.

Mr. Trump's Rose Garden appearance had its share of false or misleading statements, as well. He complained once again that the rising cases of the coronavirus in the United States were really because of an increase in testing. "If we did half the testing, we'd have half the cases," he said. He likewise brushed off the death toll of more than 136,000 by saying that he had saved as many as three million people by taking the actions he did.

Wow... simply wow. The devolution of Donald J. Trump is happening in real time while the whole world watches. The virus has upset his whole quasi-reality and cannot be bullied or name-called into submission.

Trump himself has entered Captain Queeg territory and insists that Joe Biden has stolen his treasured strawberries. Does anyone really want to see a debate between Biden and the visibly deranged lunatic standing behind the presidential seal yesterday that isn't a masochist?

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-15 01:38 AM | Reply

And CNN fact-checked Trump and it didn't go well:

Fact check: Trump makes at least 19 false or misleading claims in wild anti-Biden monologue


#2 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-07-15 01:41 AM | Reply

Trump called a news conference Tuesday evening in the Rose Garden, ...and used that hallowed ground to launch an hour-long diatribe against Joe Biden, attributing a platform to his Democratic opponent that bore hardly any resemblance to anything occurring in the real world.

Biden would "incentivize illegal alien child smuggling," Trump announced.

He would "abolish immigration enforcement," "abolish our police departments" and "abolish our prisons, I guess."

Biden's party is even "calling for defunding of our military," Trump alleged.

And, yes, Biden's energy plan "basically means no windows" in homes or offices by 2030, he said, and "cold office space in the winter and warm office space in the summer."

Um, Biden would abolish windows?

"I'm not making this up!" Trump said, mid-jeremiad. (Actually, he was.)

He alleged that Democratic mayors possibly "wouldn't mind" if terrorists "blow up our cities."

"We could go on for days," he said after 40 minutes. Indeed, the only limitation was Trump's, and his staff's, imaginations.

"Joe Biden's entire career has been a gift to the Chinese Communist Party," Trump alleged.

Biden "never did anything but make very bad decisions."

"Last Independence Day, Biden attacked the United States."

"Biden is pushing a platform that would demolish the U.S. economy."

"He wants to kill American energy!"

He has "the most extreme platform of any major party nominee by far in American history."

"It's worse than Bernie's platform it's gone so far right," Trump said, mixing up his directions.

Asked whether his extraordinary Rose Garden tirade was a sign that he thinks he might lose, Trump's answer included references to his electoral college win in 2016 and the fact that "we're making swabs [in] a beautiful big new factory."

Beautiful, that is, until Biden takes away all its windows. --------- Dana Milbank

Calling this 'unhinged' is actually judging Trump rather lightly.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-15 01:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 9

Mentally ill. All Trumpers are too.

#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-07-15 02:05 AM | Reply

"unhinged" and "mentally ill" are in the rear view mirror.

Trump is closer to being a danger to himself and others ~~

It's pretty obvious from his insane rantings that he's on a slippery slope toward that third rail.

In retrospect, that Rose Garden monotone about Joe Biden sounded a lot like a Trump Swan Song.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-15 06:29 AM | Reply

Calling this 'unhinged' is actually judging Trump rather lightly.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma

He's out of his mind. What an immature, lying, whining loser!

#6 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-07-15 06:33 AM | Reply

It's pretty obvious from his insane rantings that he's on a slippery slope toward that third rail.

It would be sad to see him lose the election but not realise it. Not that he would acknowledge it anyway.

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-07-15 06:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


Yes, but he'll have lots of legal charges to defend ~~ to keep him amused. He loves that kind of stuff.

He might even want to write a memoir to glorify his myriad of accomplishments in office. /snicker

Maybe he and Pompeo will start to draft a new Constitution for 2024.

Then if he has any spare time he can keep looking for Waldo . . . er . . . I mean, Hunter Biden.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-15 07:28 AM | Reply

Then if he has any spare time he can keep looking for Waldo . . .

His investigators can't believe what they are finding!

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-07-15 07:31 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Let Trump be Trump!


#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-07-15 09:53 AM | Reply

"He (Trump) seemed to suggest that his presumptive Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., would get rid of windows if elected and later said that Mr. Biden would "abolish the suburbs."

Speaking for myself, both changes are overdue.

#11 | Posted by Zed at 2020-07-15 10:26 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I started watching this on youtube.

Had to stop after 15 minutes or so.

How anybody can listen to him speak and not see how clearly mentally ill he is is beyond me.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2020-07-15 12:15 PM | Reply

How anybody can listen to him speak and not see how clearly mentally ill he is is beyond me.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2020-07-15 12:15 PM | Reply

Trump is mentally ill and in the case of this Rose Garden event, stoned. He talked like a speed freak.

#13 | Posted by Zed at 2020-07-15 12:56 PM | Reply

Polling released this afternoon shows Trump down nationally to Biden by 15 points - 37% to 52%. Performances like yesterdays are only going to see his numbers fall further until they actually hit his mystical floor of unwaverable supporters.

How much longer will embattled GOPers continue to allow their party to be led by a mentally deficit septuagenarian narcissist no longer in touch with any semblance of reality?

#14 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-15 04:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


I don't think we've seen the worst of Trump yet. Right now we're seeing the restrained version, if you can believe that.

Wait until after November 3rd when he finds out he has nothing to lose.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-15 07:21 PM | Reply


#16 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-07-15 07:23 PM | Reply

Trump's gonna BLOW on November 3rd. His tweets are gonna make Mt. Saint Helens look like a backyard bonfire.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-15 07:55 PM | Reply

If Donald loses the election he will immediately announce his candidacy for 2024.He will use the campaign laws to keep milking the faithful as long as he can while playing out the Biden cheated narrative.

#18 | Posted by Scotty at 2020-07-16 12:06 AM | Reply


There's going to be more to 2024 than we ever imagined possible and none of it will be in the interest of furthering America's goal of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

For a part-timer, Trump has done a halfway credible job of laying the groundwork . . . but only a fraction of what was expected of him when he and Mother Russia teamed up to bring an uppity America to it's knees. One (of many) great failures was that Trump never had the courage to extricate the U.S. from NATO with the intent of clearing the path for Russia's expansion into Eastern Europe. Trump's failures were an enormous setback for Vladimar Putin who had to go through the legal motions of declaring himself President till 2036 to compensate for Trump's lack of focus.

You see, Trump has too much baggage as an incompetent for Russia to roll the dice on him again in 2024. Of course, Trump had visions, too, of himself and his very own dictatorship . . . --- for tat you might say as a reward for keeping America's military out of the way of Mr. Putin's ambitions.

Trump has put Mr. Putin in the position of needing someone smarter than Trump . . . and, believe it or not, the pickins' among the Republican hierarchy isn't exactly slim. Pompeo comes to mind right off the bat but he's by no means the only one waiting in the wings for a chance to barter with Mr. Putin.

Maybe all of this is the reason Trump doesn't seem to have his heart in the 2020 election any more. He has to stand by and watch his dream of a dictatorship slip through his fingers.

BTW, You've heard the story about the best laid plans of men and mice? Well, Trump is the mouse.

#19 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-16 04:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Once Trump leaves the White House, his political life is over. He is going to be charged with so many crimes it will make everyone's heads spin until they're dizzy. He's already an unindicted co-conspirator in Cohen's felony and New York has a grand jury poised to indict him on multiple tax charges, and that's before any Congressional investigations into his many criminal acts during this presidency.

The only plans that Russia might have for Trump is to give him asylum, but I doubt Putin wants to be tied to him after his usefulness to Russia is finished.

And no, there will never be any more Trump Towers anywhere on the planet. Trump's brand (outside of to his brainwashed cult members) will be mud much worse than it is right now.

#20 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-16 08:26 AM | Reply

Not to mention that once Trump leaves office with his "brand" in shambles, his Saudi Arabia money pit will suddenly turn into an arid dust bin.

They were his last hope.

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-16 10:07 AM | Reply

I think that rambling, non-sensical, psychopathic Rose Garden performance was the monologue he originally planned to deliver in New Hampshire.

He didn't want it to go to waste.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-17 03:31 PM | Reply

Did anyone see yesterday's truck display on the WH lawn - which essentially became another campaign event where he did little more than smear Joe Biden and lie about Obama?

Even Republicans are rightfully getting scared watching Trump devolve into lunacy these days.

But they won't publicly say a gawd damned thing about it.

#23 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-17 04:27 PM | Reply

New word for TRump. Crybully.

#24 | Posted by tknees at 2020-07-17 04:33 PM | Reply

What's the subliminal message behind using the trucks? I didn't get it.

#25 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-17 10:47 PM | Reply

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