How thoroughly has Donald Trump given up when it comes to trying to defend his failed response to the coronavirus? During his press conference today, he aired a lengthy propaganda video that tried to make his case for him, instead of bothering to defend himself.
The video was such a dishonestly edited mess, and such a blatant attempt at squeezing a campaign ad into a press briefing, CNN and MSNBC both ended up cutting away from the video. The video was a crime against the truth. Now it turns out the video was also a violation of the law.
Trump has confirmed that the video was made by his own White House staff. That’s a problem. Because it’s a de facto campaign ad, it means his staffers violated the Hatch Act by working on it. To be clear, the Hatch Act doesn’t come with any criminal penalties; the worst that can happen to his staffers is that they’re fined or fired, and we know the Trump regime won’t enforce it. But the video was literally a violation of the law. It was that scandalous.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report