Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law, instructed journalist Bob Woodward that the most effective methods to grasp Donald Trump is to review Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Kushner paraphrased the Cheshire Cat’s philosophy: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will get you there.”
Wednesday was a type of days when to have a seat within the White Home briefing room felts like stepping by the looking-glass into Blunderland, the place the mad hatter has an authoritarian streak a mile broad.
Trump careered from touting miracle vaccines to constructing supreme court docket suspense, from insulting a feminine member of the British royal household to abruptly departing for a mysterious “emergency” cellphone name. However first, there was the small matter of kneecapping American democracy.
Maybe it was not probability that the president, ever desirous to generate media outrage, gave the primary query to Brian Karem, who describes himself on Twitter as a “Loud Mouth” senior White Home reporter at Playboy. “Will you commit to make sure there’s a peaceful transferral of power after the election?” Karem requested.
All of his 43 predecessors would have mentioned sure, presumably. However Trump replied: “We’re going to have to see what happens, you know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”
Karem shot again: “I understand that, but people are rioting. Do you commit to make sure that there’s a peaceful transferral of power?”
Nonetheless Trump refused to commit. “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know it. And you know who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.”
Later, Karem remarked on Twitter: “This is the most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked. I’ve interviewed convicted killers with more empathy. @realDonaldTrump is advocating Civil War.”
And Julian Castro, who served in Barack Obama’s cupboard, tweeted: “In one day, Trump refused a peaceful transition of power and urged the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice to hand him an election if the results are contested. This is fascism, alive and well in the Republican Party.”
Donald Trump says he expects US election to finish up at supreme court docket – video
Trump was additionally questioned in regards to the failure of a grand jury to carry expenses towards Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor throughout a drug raid gone mistaken.
The president declined to supply his personal perspective or consolation for thousands and thousands aggrieved by one other case of racial injustice. As a substitute he learn a press release from Daniel Cameron, the legal professional common of Kentucky, a loyal supporter who final month delivered a major time deal with on the Republican nationwide conference.
“I think he’s a star,” mentioned Trump, additionally noting that the governor has referred to as within the Nationwide Guard and suggesting that, when doubtful, there’s at all times the technique of senseless optimism: “It’ll all work out.”
One other reporter requested about Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, urging folks to vote in remarks that some interpreted as supporting Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Trump mentioned: “I’m not a fan of hers – and she has probably heard that – but I wish a lot of luck to Harry because he’s going to need it.”
The try at humour hovered awkwardly within the air like a coronavirus particle.
Talking of which, the president was ruminating on Covid-19 when he referred to as his newest adviser, Scott Atlas, to weigh in from the rostrum. Trump then instructed reporters: “I have to leave for an emergency phone call.”
Karem and others demanded to know the character of the emergency. Trump mentioned solely: “I have a big call, a very big call.” May or not it’s Xi Jinping or Vladimir Putin? One wit on Twitter quipped that it was most likely simply Lou Dobbs of Fox Enterprise.
Atlas has the type of combative swagger that appeals to Trump. He denied media stories that he has clashed with coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx. He claimed Robert Redfield, the director of the Facilities for Illness Management, “misstated something” when he instructed the Senate that 90% of the inhabitants stays vulnerable to Covid-19.
Jim Acosta of CNN queried: “Americans hear one thing from the CDC Dir & another thing from you, who are we to believe?” Atlas responded: “You’re supposed to believe the science and I’m telling you the science.”
Certainly, earlier Trump had claimed, “Our approach is pro-science. Biden’s approach is anti-science,” – phrases to recollect when he heads to Florida on Thursday for the most recent of his packed, almost mask-free marketing campaign rallies in Wonderland.