Donald Trump has finally figured out that his daily press briefings have been hurting his already-bad poll numbers, though he can’t admit he’s the problem, so he’s publicly blaming the media and privately blaming his campaign manager. So instead Trump has been holding weird niche press events that are each supposed to have a specific purpose.
Today Trump met with a group of senior citizens at the White House. It looks like he’s finally learned what we’ve all known for weeks, which is that his plan to prematurely reopen the economy – which directly puts seniors at high risk of dying from coronavirus – has caused his poll numbers with senior citizens to plummet.
Nothing really came of the event, as a seemingly defeated and uninterested Donald Trump largely just sat there and mumbled platitudes that had been written down for him to say. But the notion of Trump meeting with seniors, to try to win their votes back just a few weeks after he basically called for them all to die, is beyond bizarre. We’re surprised he didn’t use today’s event to tell them to inject themselves with Lysol.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report