August 10, 2020: Donald Trump says he would not have called for Obama's resignation if 166,000 Americans had died from SARS-CoV-2 on Obama's watch (and there had been 5,250,000+ cases).If this doctor, who so recklessly flew into New York from West Africa,has Ebola,then Obama should apologize to the American people & resign!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2014
So, to quickly review:REPORTER: If 160,000 people had died on Obama's watch, would you have called for his resignation?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
[Trump called for Obama to resign over ebola, which didn't kill anyone in the US!] pic.twitter.com/mkJ3T4r1vr
And yet afuckinggain, it's left to a random person on Twitter to explain to an experienced reporter covering the White House how to properly frame a question so the person answering cannot escape with a simple Yes or No, effectively neutering the reporter's question:0 deaths = APOLOGIZE & RESIGN!!! 166,000 deaths = Absolutely no need to resign.
Nearly all of the questions Trump is asked every single day by reporters are worded so that he can easily deflect and then give a little speech about whatever he wants. You might think these reporters would get wise after a day or two (or maybe a week or two weeks or a month or four months or ten months or a year or three years or five years or six years or eight years or 10 years or 15 years or 20 years or 25 years (and several presidents) and change their tactics, but you would be dead wrong. It's almost as if their actual job is simply to go through the motions, making it seem like they are asking real (and maybe even tough) questions, but never get a substantial answer to anything. (Just like they willingly act as GOP props every day, without any real complaint.)Once again, horrible framing for the question. OF COURSE he'll say no! You ask this, "You called for Obama to resign over two Ebola deaths, why SHOULDN'T you resign for 160,000?"— Hemry, Local Bartender (@BartenderHemry) August 10, 2020
Also: Trump also called for Obama's resignation in 2016, after the deadliest mass shooting in US history. At the same time, Trump demanded a US ban on Syrians, even though the shooter was born in New York (just like Trump!) and his parents were from Afghanistan.
"People should vote like they did in World War 1 & World War 2," Trump says to open his August 10 news conference, ignoring that there was no deadly pandemic during those times.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
Then he adds, without evidence: "In 90 days or less, your [Covid] numbers will be very good." pic.twitter.com/bhSOR1DvTr
🚨 Trump abruptly walked away from the podium after an aide approached and whispered something to him, ending his news conference after just a couple minutes 🚨 pic.twitter.com/VBZWooa1CY— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
Trump, now back at the podium, says: "It seems that the person was shot by Secret Service, so we'll see what happens." pic.twitter.com/j94VTZgYEF— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
Deep thoughts with Trump: "The world has always been a dangerous place. Not something that is unique. You look back over the centuries, the world has been a dangerous place, very dangerous place, and it will continue, I guess, for a period of time." pic.twitter.com/pQfjDSW6Xw— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
Trump quickly transitions from talking about a shooting that apparently just happened outside the White House to the stock market pic.twitter.com/YmTCVYGFiu— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
In an effort to hype the economy, Trump claims "a lot of car companies" are "moving in" to Michigan, which I don't think is true pic.twitter.com/hjb2w4malo— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
The fake middle income tax cuts are back, baby! pic.twitter.com/DUOX1KbwTV— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
Trump still hasn't figured out that coronavirus testing does not cause Covid cases. People in America really have a disease that has killed 163,000 of them. pic.twitter.com/44mOwoNpzt— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
Trump says "in recent days, cases have rapidly increased in Japan and Australia." Those two countries together had under 2,000 new cases on Monday. The US had 48,769 on Sunday.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
The outbreaks aren't comparable. pic.twitter.com/hvQBz4PTtz
Here is Trump saying he wants to "terminate" a payroll tax that finances Social Security and Medicare pic.twitter.com/li2Yk86FH4— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
REPORTER: 97,000 children tested positive for coronavirus in the last week of July. Does that give you any pause about schools reopening for in-person learning?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
REPORTER: So do you still think kids are essentially immune?
TRUMP: Yeah [this is false -- kids can die] pic.twitter.com/5UCuRkOuRK
President Infowars claims without evidence that China "released" the coronavirus into the US pic.twitter.com/fFCbpXXAIc— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
We've reached the "attacking our former allies" portion of Trump's ranting pic.twitter.com/s3xrya6QLR— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
"I'll tell you who's meddling in our elections. The Democrats are meddling" -- Trump downplays the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russia is once again interfering on his behalf pic.twitter.com/z2moquOcwk— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020