Donald Trump stepped into the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday and tore into a campaign-style speech in which he lurched from one topic to the next without really ever forming a single coherent thought.
Trump was supposed to be discussing a Hong Kong-related executive order, but as PoliticusUSA’s Jason Easley noted, the president instead treated the American people to another mental implosion.
Not only was the speech inappropriate given the setting, but the pseudo-rally was such a disaster that not even Fox News could spin it in the president’s favor.
“Had President Obama made this kind of speech from the Rose Garden, Republicans on Capitol Hill would likely have been up in arms,” said Fox’s Brett Baier.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 14, 2020
In harsher terms, CNN’s Jim Acosta called out Trump for soiling the Rose Garden with his unhinged campaign speech.
Trump soiled the WH Rose Garden with that performance. Presidents do not use the Rose Garden in that kind of naked political fashion. That was not a press conference, as the WH described it. It was a campaign rally disguised as a press conference. It was a bait and switch.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 14, 2020
Trump is running on empty
It was apparent since Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy back in 2015 that, even then, he was a few cards short of a full deck.
But over the course of this year as he has bungled one crisis after another – from the coronavirus pandemic to the economic crash to widespread backlash over systemic racism – his decline has accelerated.
The president’s inappropriate, “wildly dishonest” Rose Garden ramble on Tuesday was just another attempt by Trump to seize control of his flailing reelection campaign.
All he ended up doing was reminding the American people that he is completely out of his mind and running on fumes with less than four months to go until Election Day.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.