President Donald Trump’s mental wellbeing was called into question on Thursday evening after he tweeted a bizarre video.
The fictional video seemed to argue that scandals over racism caught on video are not actually showing racism and that Trump supporters are good people.
“In the midst of everything, tweeting badly doctored videos of fake news somehow soothes the fragile, desperate, delusional President,” CNN’s S.E. Cupp tweeted.
“Let that sink in. This is making him feel good,” she continued. “Guys. Trump is not well.”
Here’s what others were saying about the video:
Trump is now campaigning for reelection with fictional propaganda videos that include fake footage meant to demean his perceived enemies in the media https://t.co/38f3sMjPKq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 19, 2020
Speaking of false accusations, you still haven’t apologized for this one. https://t.co/LK42jT7eLp
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 19, 2020
I love a president that claims to be a victim of everything and everybody first press fake now entire country faking videos to make him look bad wow
— MikeT (@t500kingtt) June 19, 2020
Another day in Trump’s America. pic.twitter.com/nUuGxPu60f
— Deb Granger (@Danger_Granger_) June 19, 2020
This is completely tone deaf.
1. Trump’s alt-right base are notorious for posting the most vile comments on social media directed at dissenters.
2. I can’t tell you how often my car gets stuck in snow in the middle of June. So. Frustrating.
Stupid. Just stupid. https://t.co/Z7VNUm9gMx
— John R. Eakin (@JREakin) June 19, 2020
Trump's vile, crazy message:
1. Racism is a hoax; and
2. He's its biggest victim. https://t.co/ilwF4p3W2K
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 19, 2020
How about you use your time to save some of the 20,000 Americans who will die this month due to your botched response of COVID? https://t.co/BbxvgiCQzJ
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) June 19, 2020
Trump ripped as a ‘traitor’ by veterans for his mask photo-op at Walter Reed Hospital
The veteran advocacy organization Vote Vets on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump for holding a photo-op at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
After a round of golf on Saturday, Trump traveled to the hospital to be photographed by the press pool wearing a mask, which was a first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vote Vets, which says it has raised over $120 million since being founded in 2006 and made over 50 million voter contacts, released a new video on Trump's visit.
The ad says it shows "what wounded warriors see when Trump comes for a photo-op."
Trump’s push to reopen schools prematurely is an assault on states’ rights that may prove deadly
It’s hard to avoid a sense of déjà vu as the Trump regime threatens to withhold federal education funding from states that refuse to re-open their schools this fall. The contours of the “debate,” such as it is, perfectly align with the one we had a couple of months ago about re-opening businesses in the midst of a pandemic.
Then, as now, conservatives tried to frame the issue as a choice between re-opening and staying stuck in quarantine indefinitely. Those less moored to reality, including the President, insisted that proponents of quarantines were only motivated by a desire to undermine Trump’s prospects for re-election. The real divide at the time was between those of us who wanted to follow the science, build up adequate testing and contact-tracing capacity and re-open safely once the rate of infection had declined, and those, mostly on the right, who wanted to re-open prematurely either because they believed we’d achieve herd immunity if we let the outbreak run its course or because they thought Covid-19 was a “hoax” that was no more serious than the seasonal flu.
How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months
Diana Berrent was one of the first people in her hometown of Port Washington, New York, to get COVID-19. Back then, in early March 2020, only immunocompromised and seniors were believed to be high-risk; hence, as a 46-year-old yoga practitioner and runner, Berrent was "shocked" when she woke up with a 103-degree fever and respiratory infection — symptoms that strongly suggested she had coronavirus, which was later confirmed by a test.
This article first appeared in Salon.