At Tuesday’s coronavirus press conference, in a confused rant, President Donald Trump echoed the emerging GOP talking point that impeachment may have distracted him from addressing coronavirus sooner — but then contradicted himself by suggesting his response was excellent and he wouldn’t have done anything different if he hadn’t been impeached.
“They probably illegally impeached me, in the sense that if you look at the FBI today with what happened, the horrible — nobody cares about that anymore because all they’re thinking about is the virus,” said Trump. “That’s okay with me. You look at the reports that came out, it’s disgraceful what went on. it’s a total disgrace. They got caught in the act but you know what? We won’t talk about that now.”
“Did it divert my attention?” Trump went on. “I think I’m getting A-pluses for the way I handled myself during the phony impeachment, okay. It was a hoax, but certainly I guess I thought of it, and I think I probably acted — I don’t think I would have done any better had I not been impeached.”
The impeachment trial took place a full month before the president took any substantive action on the coronavirus pandemic, and for weeks in between he suggested the virus was being exaggerated as part of the Democrats’ “new hoax” and it would go away quickly on its own.
“My God!’: CNN’s Anderson Cooper appalled by the real reason Trump went to St. John’s Church
On Monday evening, President Donald Trump appeared to cause mass disruption and chaos as federal police cleared peaceful protesters with forceful tactics outside the White House ahead of his walk to the nearby St. John’s Church.
And when CNN’s Kaitlan Collins told Anderson Cooper on air of the reported reason behind this move, the host was shocked and appalled.
“Sources are telling my colleague Kevin Liptak that, in part, the reason the president made this trip outside the gates of the White House — a really rare trip, where you do not often see the president walk out of the front door of the White House, walk across Lafayette Square, to St. John’s — was driven, in part, that he was upset by coverage of the fact that he had been rushed to the underground bunker on Friday night during the protests that you saw breaking out here, in front of the White House,” she said.
‘Teetering on a dictatorship’: CNN’s Don Lemon says Trump may be ‘declaring war on Americans’
On Monday, CNN anchor Don Lemon reacted with horror to President Donald Trump's speech, set against the police and military tear gassing peaceful protesters in front of the White House.
"Open your eyes, America ... we are teetering on a dictatorship. This is chaos," said Lemon. "Is the president declaring war on Americans? What is happening here? He's saying he wants to protect peaceful protesters, at the same time sending law enforcement and military into the streets to push peaceful protesters back, to be aggressive with peaceful protesters. He is doing the exact opposite of what he said in that speech."
‘These are Americans!’ Don Lemon calls on Trump to back off ‘military force’ and ‘listen to the people’
On Monday, CNN anchor Don Lemon urged President Donald Trump to end his threats of violence and military force, and instead listen to the communities crying out for help.
"We're looking at a country now ... that is in desperation," said Lemon. "The people who are out here yelling at the top of their voices, fighting back against police, they're desperate to be heard, they're desperate to get food on the table, they're desperate to be treated equally under the law."
"What I hear in the president's voice — and this is just what I hear — I hear fear," said Lemon. "Any time you are saying, you guys are weak, you need to apply force — what are you going to do, put a fortress around the White House, put a fortress around america and not engage with the people who are telling you, who are outside of your door screaming, hey, we need to be heard?"