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