Monday’s White House coronavirus press conference has already gone down in the books as “batshit” and other superlatives. Donald Trump saw fit to use the occasion to regale viewers with a campaign reelection ad, and tell reporters, “Now I’m going to question you, because you’re so guilty.” Fox News aired it, of course. I couldn’t obtain an embeddable clip of it but hit this link to Mediate and see a White House propaganda production which rivals anything that North Korean television comes up with. All we need is Trump on a white horse and the sun racing across the sky, and Trump’s conversion to Kim Jong Un-esque stature will be complete.

“So we could give you hundreds of clips like that from governors,” the president said, at the conclusion of the bizarre, anti-media hit that could have doubled as a Trump re-election campaign ad. “We can give you hundreds of clips just like that. We have them. We didn’t want this to go on too long, but I just want to say it’s very sad when people write false stories, like in that case I guess it was mostly from the New York Times which is a highly — I mean, if you had libel laws, they would have been out of business even before they will end up going out of business. It’s too bad.”

Trump once again predicted the imminent doom of all media outlets, not just the New York Times, when he leaves office. “They’ll all be out of business when I leave in five years. They would have already been out of business but they write about me.” In addition to telling off the press, Trump strutted his stuff and let us know how all powerful he is. Daily Beast:

The president, meanwhile, went on to insist he has absolute power when it comes to governors’ stay-at-home orders during the crisis. Asked on Monday how he would respond if a governor issued a stay-at-home order in conflict of his national wishes, Trump insisted his power as president is “total.”

“When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total and that is the way it’s gonna be,” Trump bellowed. “It’s total. It’s total. And the governors know that.”

The president reiterated that assertion throughout the rest of the marathon briefing. After CNN’s Kaitlan Collins pushed back, saying it wasn’t true that Trump’s authority is total, the president said they were “going to write papers on this” but that it won’t be necessary because the governors “need us one way or the other because ultimately it comes with the federal government.”

When further asked if any governors had agreed that he has the authority to force them to reopen, Trump said that he didn’t ask anybody because, “I don’t need to.”

No, King Donald, you’re right, you have total authority, you are totally above the law, in fact, you are the law. Now if you’ll just take this nice dose of thorazine and go with the lovely gentlemen in the white coats, they’ll show you to your castle, where you can continue to make proclamations day and night, to your heart’s content.

Here’s how the Democratic party bottom lined it.

“More than 20,000 Americans have died, hospitals and states still can’t get the supplies they need, testing is failing, and instead of updating Americans on the coronavirus pandemic, Trump commandeered the briefing to run campaign propaganda to sooth his small ego and pathetically try to cover up for his own failed response,” DNC Deputy War Room Director Daniel Wessel said in an emailed statement. “It won’t work, and the American people deserve better.”

Welcome to the War of the Words, because that is what Trump set the stage for today. From now until November 3, it’s going to be him manipulating every moment he can get in front of the camera, and possibly with more thinly-veiled campaign ads such as today’s. His only problem is that as the days go by, more people are dying due to his incompetence and indifference — and that will be the fodder for Democratic campaign ads and more from the good folks at Republicans For the Rule of Law and The Lincoln Project.

And bear in mind, despite Trump’s protestations of omniscience, he cannot overrule the governors of the different states on this matter. Luckily for us, they’ve been coordinating on their own and they’re the highest leadership we have right now, because the federal government is broken and in the hands of a malicious child.

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28 Comments on "Trump Uses COVID-19 Presser to Declare His ‘Total Authority’ To Reopen Country ‘That’s the Way It’s Gotta Be’"

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Lil Blue Sock
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If Trump-O the Assclown thinks the Dem governors will just roll over and do as he demands I’m afraid he’s sadly mistaken.

I know Governor Ralph in Virginia as an actual MD will confir with his colleagues and lift the stay at home order when they agree it is reasonable to do so, and not because some drooling half-wit idiot tells them to.

Concinnity
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And how does the rest of the world see this? From The Guardian “A toddler threw a self-pitying tantrum on live television on Monday night. Unfortunately he was 73 years old, wearing a long red tie and running the world’s most powerful country. Donald Trump, starved of campaign rallies, Mar-a-Lago weekends and golf, and goaded by a bombshell newspaper report, couldn’t take it any more. Years of accreted grievance and resentment towards the media came gushing out in a torrent. He ranted, he raved, he melted down and he blew up the internet with one of the most jaw-dropping performances… Read more »
mae
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He can bellow all he wants to.

Cherl Harrell
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How does he think he could enforce a reopening? Send the national guard to people’s homes and force them out?

jsteve787
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Are you an “opponent” of Trump? You might have missed this earlier warning from the Trump administration.
“Our opponents, the media and the whole world, will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the President are substantial and WILL NOT BE QUESTIONED.”

dana fairfield
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When they show you who they are, believe them.

Carroll Ann Robinson
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Nice!! That was Stephen Miller to I think George Stephanopoulos or Chuck Todd a few years ago now………….and then, when we still had at least a soupcon of hope, it just sounded ranty-crazy nuts. Now it sounds like this was the plan all along.

Steve787
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Actually to John Dickerson on Deface the Nation in Feb 2017. Sometime later, in order to protect the King’s powers from the other “former” branches of government, the King would take complete ownership of the DOJ.

dana fairfield
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During his campaign, Trump said that if he ordered the military to commit war crimes, they would obey them because he is just that kind of leader.

ReaderRay
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The powers of the presidency are substantial but trump will be questioned daily, if not hourly. If he cannot handle it he’s free to resign.

Lone Wolf
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I think he’s been binge watching ‘Butt Boy,’ About a Killer Who Stuffs Kids Up His Butt.

Lone Wolf
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“..there are two things which can unite men: common ideals and common criminality. “

ReaderRay
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The Democratic Party shares common ideals. The republicans share common criminality. Interesting way to view our current situation.

Lone Wolf
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WHY STUDY HITLER AND OTHER TOTALITARIAN LEADERS? As we have mentioned above, we believe Hitler’s ideas about race and the Jews are both evil and wrong. We are totally opposed to ideas such as racism and religious intolerance. Our Global Education Project has been fighting such evils for over 20 years. Furthermore, we cannot see Hitler’s ideas on race and the Jews ever becoming dominant ideas again, although they still unfortunately have some levels of support. So why study Hitler at all? The significance of Hitler to us is that his rise to power is a case study of how… Read more »
dana fairfield
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What exactly are you “just saying?”

p j evans
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And your point is???

Joseph
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On the top of his head. (Or is that just the dunce cap he’s sporting?)

Carroll Ann Robinson
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Maybe I’m missing something here, but the three replies below mine? Are you being funny? Or obtuse on purpose? I read Lone Wolf’s response once, very quickly, and got it immediately–he/she is saying that in effect 1. this can and will and is likely already happening again; and 2. we have in place fewer protections than did the Weimar Republic when Hitler began his advance across the German psyche and landscape. Germany’s financial and ego back had been broken by the revenge-motif driven armistice following WWI, but still, they had in place centuries of stable government. We’re only what, 250… Read more »
dana fairfield
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We’re questioning the last section about Trump’s ancestry.

Lone Wolf
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Almost from day 1, Trump has been compared in some way to Hitler, (real or not) mostly in the way that he thinks he knows more than anyone about anything and everything, remember he a very stable genius and no one knows more than he, so my point in the last paragraph in noting his German ancestry is just that.

just saying…

dana fairfield
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That is a gigantic logical fallacy.

Actually the comparisons to Hitler have nothing to do with his German ancestry. The comparisons are far more grave than that, having to do with Trump’s incremental authoritarianism. Besides Hitler was Austrian.

ReaderRay
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Thanks for the historical reminder. Your correct that we must be eternally vigilant guarding against totalitarian.

p j evans
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I hope the senators who voted not to convict are regretting it now. I hope they regret it a lot more after Election Day.

Rita
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trump is the most disgusting human I’ve ever seen, other than Charles Manson ! Now he’s starting the ” When he leaves office in 5 more yrs.” crap ….I have always thought that he’s going to have to be drug out of the White House ….He’s Insane .