Trump’s latest coronavirus briefing sparks controversial new conspiracy theory

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If Donald Trump thought that restarting his daily coronavirus briefings was going to provide him a boost to his faltering re-election bid that could make up for his inability to gather large crowds of his supporters together for the massive COVID infection parties like his June Tulsa rally, he may need to start reconsidering that strategy.

Trump entered the briefing room over half an hour later than its scheduled start time, dragging one of his legs like a semi-functional appendage and with the energy level of a garden slug after a big meal.

Once he began speaking, his drone-like speaking cadence — as he mostly read from prepared remarks — obviated any need for pharmaceutical soporifics.

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Even sticking to the pre-scripted comments, Trump managed to adlib a conspiracy theory as he began his briefing with condolences to Lebanon after the massive explosion that took place today on Beirut, calling the explosion an “attack” despite no conclusive evidence of the cause of the explosion so soon after it occurred.

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Trump was forced to clarify his characterization of the explosion when an astute reporter asked him the basis for his claim of sabotage as the basis for the explosion.

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CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale added another plausible explanation for the president’s explanation of his theory.

Trump moved on to reciting a number of economic developments meant to convince Americans that despite their own personal financial misfortunes, large mega-corporations were doing just fine, so the economy is roaring despite what your own eyes and ears may tell you.

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Eventually, he got around to discussing the ostensible topic of the briefing: the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unsurprisingly, his comments consisted of the usual false claims about the robustness of his administration’s response and twisting of the publicly available statistics.

CNN‘s Dale conveniently posted evidence to the contrary of Trump’s pollyanna-ish assertions.

Once Trump went off script during the Q & A portion of the briefing, he just dug himself a deeper hole.

Yes, if you ignore the places where people actually live, we’re doing just fine! Or as Daniel Dale puts it:

Trump’s comments on what many people see as inadequate testing for the coronavirus in this country were equally duplicitous, and his verbal gaffe in referring to TikTok with the name of a breath mint inspired a few chuckles.

Naturally, the president’s tweet from earlier in the day encouraging Floridians to vote by mail was bound to come up in the questions from the White House correspondents.

How those reporters managed to suppress guffaws when Trump called the home of the infamous “Florida man” “very well-run” was quite impressive anyway.

Trump may have rushed out of the briefing to avoid further questioning — amazingly no one had the chance to ask him about the disastrous Axios interview that premiered last night — but luckily CNN’s fact-checker was on the case to provide the antidote to the president’s self-serving lies.

All in all, it was another waste of time for both Trump and anyone who bothered watching the briefing.

Nothing he said will be believed by anyone except his loyal base who are seemingly impervious to reality.

Trump seems worn down and tired. He should quit the charade that he even has a chance of winning the election without massive fraud at this point and resign immediately.

The whole nation will breathe a sigh of relief…at least if their lungs aren’t already filed with coronavirus.

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Original reporting by Daniel Dale at CNN and By Aaron Rupar at Vox.

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Vinnie Longobardo

Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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