Here's a bold prediction:
President Donald Trump is going to say something either totally outlandish, verifiably false or completely ridiculous soon.
Maybe all three. Maybe multiples of all three.
On Monday, it was, most notably, that he's taking hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug the Food and Drug Administration has said you should not self-prescribe to treat coronavirus.
Read the transcript. I urge you to go back and read the rambling answer Trump gave that led him to divulge that he's been on the drug for the past 10 days or so.
This is not a man who shares information about his health except to brag about it. But he intentionally engaged reporters on the fact that he's taking this drug.
Fear of whistleblowers. The question that led to the exchange was about another outlandish thing he had said, on Twitter, after "60 Minutes" interviewed the whistleblower Rick Bright, who has said he was pressured to push hydroxychloroquine as a treatment despite a lack of evidence.
Trump, in his answer to reporters, lumped Bright in with the whistleblower who first raised concerns about his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. Remember that? Trump does!
They're all the same to Trump. In his mind, it seems like someone is either pro-Trump or anti-Trump. And whistleblowers must be anti-Trump to him.
But his baiting also has the effect of distraction.
Distraction is what he's doing when he:
Here are 10 things off the top of my head:
Obama will not be invited to White House for portrait unveiling --That Trump doesn't want to be near Democrats is not new.
(Trump keeps pushing unfounded accusations at Barack Obama!)
That Democrats don't want to be anywhere near Trump is also old news. (They impeached him for trying to get Ukraine to hurt Joe Biden!)
That there won't be an official unveiling of former President Barack Obama's portrait at the White House is more evidence today of a complete and total partisan breakdown at exactly the wrong moment.
Unprecedented animosity. "Presidential portrait unveilings are one of the three events that bring former presidents together. This level of animosity between a sitting president and his predecessors is unprecedented in modern history," Kate Andersen Brower, author of "Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump" and a CNN contributor, told CNN.
What a waste -- It's not just Trump vs. Obama. On Tuesday the President called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a "waste of time."
To be fair, she had called him "morbidly obese" when raising concerns about his taking of that non-FDA-approved drug hydroxychloroquine. (He is, per the numbers crunched by Chris Cillizza, just obese, so her comment was a dig.)
"I don't respond to her, I think she's a waste of time," the President told reporters on Capitol Hill.
News Courtesy: www.cnn.com