Controversial and lagging behind in the polls, President Donald Trump this week received what his allies have described as a gift: an opportunity to step out of the national spotlight while his party won a victory that would rearrange the plaques government tectonics.
Trump wasted the opportunity quickly.
For weeks, members of both political parties discovered a defining phenomenon of the presidential race: the more President Trump was at the center of the conversation, the more it was for him. The pattern continued throughout the summer and into the fall, and it contributed to the president’s deficit to former Vice President Joe Biden in the weeks of the election closing.
All of this had sparked some hope among some of the president’s allies, who believed that Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings would give them the kind of reprieve they needed: the rare case of someone other than Trump. becoming the focus of national attention; and, with it, a conversation about something other than the rising number of coronavirus deaths, a declining US economy, and continued racial unrest in US cities.
“A1 all week will be the Supreme Court,” a source close to the Trump campaign predicted Monday morning. “Someone else in the headlines, especially someone who reminds gentle Republicans and independents what they love about Trump’s policies, is good for him, especially right now.
But by the end of the day, Trump had made his piece for placement above the fold in the morning papers. His campaign was publicly arguing with Dr.Anthony Fauci, one of the country’s foremost voices on the fight against the coronavirus, who also admitted on Monday that he was opposed to the kind of rallies Trump still holds. And after the President took the stage at his rally in Sanford, Fla. On Monday night around 7 p.m. ET, he began to joke about how seriously he was taking the situation as he recovered from the virus.
“I will embrace everyone in this audience,” Trump said. “I will kiss all guys and beautiful women.”
Towards the start of the evening’s event, which marked his return to the runway, Trump did his best to address the evening’s favorite themes, speaking a bit about his latest Supreme Court candidate, who seems on the point to be confirmed before the elections. But then he quickly returned to his favorite topic of conversation; mainly him.
“I’m very young,” Trump joked, hissing at his recovery from COVID-19 as an elderly man. “I am in good shape.”
He quickly switched to calling once again for an aggressive reopening of the country’s economy, to “roll our country” amid the still raging pandemic. He accused Democrats of allowing immigrants to cross the country’s borders, even those who are “rapists” or who could carry diseases they could pass on to Americans, apparently ignoring the irony that he himself helped turn his White House into a burning COVID. zoned. He claimed that if Biden beat him in November, “there will be chaos everywhere.”
“He’s not going to win,” Trump assured at one point. “I got it.”
For GOP viewers, it was highly anticipated – the equivalent of an aging rockstar playing hits to her beloved fans when he really should be trying to promote his new work.
“Anytime he’s not on the front page, at this point, is helpful,” said Alex Conant, a veteran Republican strategist who led communications for Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign (R-FL ). Trump, Conant said, “needs this election to be about more than his own tweets and dealing with COVID. Every time he walks into the White House porch, the story tells him unaware of what his doctor has told him.
As the aforementioned source close to the Trump campaign noted, “the president is not a shrinking violet.” And few, if any, in his orbit expect him to be able to play second fiddle to anyone competing for the news cycle. But as this week approached, there had been hope, voiced to the Daily Beast by several Republicans and prominent administration officials earlier today, that Trump would overtake the third judge. he had appointed to the High Court.
Bryan Lanza, a senior communications official on the 2016 presidential campaign, told the Daily Beast on Monday afternoon that Barrett’s confirmation hearings would quickly dominate national attention. But when asked if he thought the president could resist a return to the fray, Lanza replied, “No, absolutely not… He’s the president, everything revolves around him anyway.
If anyone in Trump’s campaign saw any strategic value in keeping a low profile amid Barrett’s confirmation hearings, they certainly haven’t shown it publicly. Jason Miller, one of the campaign’s senior communications officials, said in a Monday call with reporters that the president was “making my case for not having enough rallies” and “keen” to resume the path.
On Monday night, the campaign was promoting Trump’s first rally since his coronavirus diagnosis – and using it to try to squeeze money from supporters of the president. Trump, himself, seemed rejuvenated by his return to the track, speaking in a rushed and forceful manner that felt like a candidate trying to make up for lost time.
That was enough for a moment to eclipse the confirmation hearings that morning. And while Coney Barrett will once again have the spotlight on her when the Senate Judiciary Committee reconvenes on Tuesday, Trump’s political opponents weren’t really upset with how the day turned out.
With every appearance Donald Trump provides an avalanche of reminders as to why his presidency has been such a train wreck for families: He has stepped up attacks on science, he is proudly trying to tear the American people apart for gain perceived policy, and he continues has no intention of taking the pandemic seriously – even after 8 devastating months and having contracted the virus himself, ”said Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates.
#Trump #World #prays #shut #Supreme #Court #candidate #Amy #Coney #Barrett #Week