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Trump Gives Vaguely Lucid Press Conference, Undoes It with Four Words

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 22, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 22, 2020 |


In last night’s first Coronavirus briefing in months, Donald Trump did not invite any of the medical experts from the Coronavirus task force to speak, he insisted this be all about him, that the virus would soon disappear, and that he has been doing a heckuva job. It was mostly the same from Trump, with a few exceptions, where he fought against his instincts and spoke in a subdued and more sober manner, kept the press conference to around half an hour, was appropriately grave — saying that it would “get worse before it gets better” — and he actually encouraged folks to wear masks.

I want to be clear here: Trump delivered the press conference that his more sane political advisors insisted he deliver, and he will almost certainly undo every coherent statement he might have made by day’s end. But it is important that Donald Trump finally encouraged mask use, because Trump’s refusal to do so is, in part, why 70,000 people are being infected a day, and 1,000 people a day are dying. I can’t find it now, but there was a tweet going around yesterday showing some Trump supporter mocking Biden a few months ago for wearing a mask, and then saying this week that Trump was lookin’ good in his. Trump supporters are horrible human beings, but if they’re wearing masks, they’re less likely to kill the rest of us, and the only way they were ever going to wear a mask is if their overlord gave them the A-OK to contribute beneficially to the nation’s public health. (That said, the second someone suggests that Trump is “finally” doing what Biden has been doing since the beginning, Trump is going to reverse position immediately).

In any respect, all of it was moot in the end, because no one is going to remember anything from that press conference anyway except these four words: “I wish her well.”

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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