President Donald Trump sees himself as the real victim of the coronavirus pandemic, and a White House correspondent says that’s why he can’t show sympathy for the 100,000 dead.
The president just can’t bring himself to act as “consoler-in-chief,” Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” because he’s frustrated over COVID-19’s damage to his re-election campaign strategy.
“This is a president who has been from the very beginning of this crisis has been frustrated and angry this has happened to him, and ill-prepared,” Lemire said. “He was going into this year expecting to run for re-election on the back of a strong economy against what he thought would be a weak Democratic foe, and that all went away.”
Lemire confirmed reports that Trump spent Memorial Day weekend moping around the White House, whining about himself being a victim of the pandemic.
“There has been that for a while now, sort of this frustration from the president for exactly that reason,” Lemire said, “that he felt like he was on the glide path to re-election. We can debate whether that was true or not, but that was his perception. He was ahead.”
Before the pandemic wrecked the economy and started killing thousands of Americans every day, Trump felt strong — and now he doesn’t.
“He felt that he was in strong position — this is back to January or so, February, that to win another four years,” Lemire said. “There is an anger there that he’s been deprived of that. That’s partially why we’re seeing its campaign flailing as much as it is, trying to revive the playbook that he had planned to use all along — hearing about Hunter Biden, hearing about Joe Biden’s Washington ties, revisiting the Russia probe with the ‘Obamagate’ moniker now. Those are the things he hoped to use to revive the strategy that he did in 2016.”
But a global pandemic that’s showing no signs of letting up have largely erased those concerns.
“Most of that now Americans don’t care about at this moment,” Lemire said. “They care about the pandemic, they care about their jobs lost, they care about the health and safety of their loved ones, including themselves. That’s their focus, and the president has not been able to adapt.”
“What he’s done is worked against himself,” he added. “If some of these guidelines have had been stricter earlier, then the country would be in better shape. If he were wearing masks, he would be setting a better example allowing businesses to open safely. He’s worked against his best interest time and time again out of the frustration that this is the situation he’s in.”
Trump’s angry words and Coronavirus surge darken Independence Day weekend in America
The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.
Across the country, virus fears dampened or nixed Main Street parades, backyard barbecues and family reunions on a day when Americans typically celebrate their 1776 declaration of independence from Britain.
Instead of adopting a unifying tone, Trump -- facing a tough re-election and eager to mobilize his political base -- railed against protesters demanding racial justice after unarmed African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer.
‘Spoiler’ Kanye West mocked for running for president against his pal Trump: ‘2020 never fails to disappoint’
President Donald Trump appears to have lost the support of one of his most well-known Black supporters as Kanye West announced on Saturday that he is running for president.
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West posted on Twitter, with the hashtag #2020VISION.
The musician was mocked for his presidential bid, here's some of what people were saying:
Trump pal Kanye West announces 2020 presidential campaign in 4th of July message
Kanye West announced a 2020 presidential bid on Independence Day.
West infamously referred to his red "Make America Great Again" hat as his "Superman cape" and dropped an F-bomb in the Oval Office while voicing his support for the president.
West's White House antics were mocked by NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in the show's cold open.
But West is now apparently running against Trump.