After a carefully manicured four-day session at which Donald Trump’s lieutenants branded him as the avatar of stability and Joe Biden as the pied piper of the racial unrest, the president did what he always did: he casually disposed of his team’s messages at the service of nurturing personal resentment.
This week was about how his brain doesn’t die.
“It never ends!” The president tweeted Tuesday, in disagreement with reporting and speculation, that his stated rationale for joining Walter Reed in November was false cover for a much more serious trial. “Now you are trying to say that your favorite president, I, went to Walter Reed Medical Center after suffering a series of mini-strokes. Nothing has ever happened to this candidate ̵
The pushback didn’t end there. Some of Trump’s top officials were soon enlisted to support the public that the president’s brain was actually working incredibly well. Shortly after Trump’s rant about “mini-strokes,” his re-election campaign asked CNN to fire an analyst who asked Twitter followers if the president was hiding a previous stroke from the American public.
“CNN should fire Joe Lockhart, a lifelong failure who thought it was a great idea that his losing colleague Michael Dukakis put on that stupid helmet to knowingly advance a conspiracy theory about President Trump’s health,” an unsigned statement said Campaign. “If another CNN employee said similar things about Barack Obama, they would be fired immediately, so the same standard should be applied here.”
Lockhart, who served as White House press secretary in the Clinton administration, denied distributing information in a subsequent tweet, saying the post was “just a question”.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the president’s election campaign released the statement, knowing the boss would like it, or whether Trump had personally appointed it. But it was also largely irrelevant. Numerous current and former senior Trump advisors say officials will often start drafting such moderate statements even if the president does not give specific instructions, because they all know Trump will most likely be calling for such action anyway.
“When you register for a job in the communications industry [Trump]You are signing up to defend a number of absurd things, ”said a former senior administration official. “This includes that he aggressively pushes back any perceived or real attacks on his mental fitness that he has [at times] This is an intolerable attack not only on him, but also on his administration and his followers. “
The entire episode was, on one level, another window into the doubts and uncertainties that fueled the president’s rise through the business and political worlds. They were also just the latest example of why Democrats and many Republicans believe his campaign is stuck. After trying to defend his opponent over riots and looting in multiple cities, Trump decided to steer the conversation around an issue that apparently no one was paying attention to either. and one that was not particularly favorable to his election prospects.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign was practically enthusiastic when he argued that Trump’s focus on his own mental acuity was based on his failure on a more pressing health issue: the coronavirus pandemic, which now has over 180,000 U.S. bodies.
“Trump is running at full speed on his own watch,” said Andrew Bates, the Biden Campaign Director of Rapid Response. “The truth is, Donald Trump has failed our nation so miserably that he is now the only president in American history who is probably closest to his own self-harming message with bizarre theories about ninjas and sudden abuse of name about his own health derailing can win. “
Even those who merely reported Trump’s own rejection of the “mini-strokes” were targeted by the president. When the Drudge report, which in 2016 focused on Hillary Clinton’s alleged health issues, cited the website on Tuesday with Trump’s furious disapproval, Trump blew up again. “Drudge didn’t support me in 2016 and I heard he doesn’t support me now,” he tweeted. “Maybe that’s why he’s feeling bad. His fake news report on mini strokes is false. Possibly thinking of yourself or the other party’s ‘candidate’. “
The president’s fixation on the brain, which he once called “very good,” comes at the expense of the Republican National Convention message, which was only concluded last week. While a recent tweet about “Joe Hiden,” a new nickname Trump appeared to be using for a spin on Wednesday, highlighted the former Vice President’s alleged desire to “wipe out” the American way of life, the RNC’s closing news – That Biden a Trojan Horse for proposals by radical leftists on how to defuse the police and let rioters plunder America’s suburbs has apparently for the time being pushed the president’s continuing need to take revenge on an easy one, even one he pulled out of the air Has.
Those close to Trump are not at all surprised by this turn, as his emphasis on defending his honor and praising his own health has become ubiquitous. For years, his own physical and mental well-being has been extremely sensitive issues for this president, which has resulted in various long-running freakouts in public and behind closed doors.
Trump has got used to friends, family and helpers privately New York Times Reporter Maggie Haberman accused him of suffering from Parkinson’s this summer, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter. These sources say the president simmered over it for almost three months and he still hasn’t let go of it and only brought it up in the west wing last week, one of those sources said.
Haberman did not accuse Trump of having Parkinson’s, however. In June she wrote one Times Story of how “President Trump faced new questions about his health … after videos surfaced of carefully walking down a ramp at the US Military Academy at West Point and having trouble while giving a speech there to take. ” The word “Parkinson’s” does not appear in the article, but in Trump’s mind it somehow translated into Haberman, who marked him with the degenerative disorder.
The president’s intense focus on these matters during the final stage of the 2020 presidential contest – and at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is still raging, the U.S. economy is still gutted, and racist and civil unrest continues to swell across the country Some longtime Republican activists have mystified themselves, even if many of Trump’s own top advisors have given up trying to contain the excesses of their candidates.
“It’s not a wise use of time, no,” said Doug Heye, a veteran GOP strategist and former top rep on the Republican National Committee, who has publicly noted his dislike of the president. “But I think we saw a few years ago that Donald Trump wasn’t going to turn … We said all of these things wouldn’t work for Trump, but he won. To prove the negative is difficult a second time. His answer to everything is: “You said I shouldn’t do these things and I wouldn’t win if I did these things and I won.”
Still, some of Trump’s own senior executives seem ready to turn the page on the president’s recent tantrums. Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh reached a comment on this story Wednesday night and posted a 122-word comment. However, none of that addressed the mental health of the investigation and instead stuck to Trump’s alleged message this week: mainly the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was beaten up for being “too weak” in the face of. Riots by left-wing criminals in Democratic-run cities “and” the radicals responsible for his party and campaign “.