"The grim-faced president who appeared in the White House briefing room for more than two hours on Tuesday evening beside charts showing death projections of hellacious proportions was coming to grips with a reality he had long refused to accept." —Peter Baker, @nytimes today. https://t.co/DekE6FJXCG— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) April 2, 2020
I can do this just with tweets:
A day after journalists note Trump's supposedly new somber and serious tone, he's lashing out over questions he doesn't like https://t.co/qD5T689NhQ— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) April 2, 2020
Trump is now in the habit of trying to blame Obama, who left office in 2017, for the CDC botching the development of a coronavirus test in January and February 2020 pic.twitter.com/cGC8Cdc4FO— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 1, 2020
Yup. Totally changed. A different man altogether!
Congrats again to the New Tone crowd https://t.co/kjngaQ7dar— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 1, 2020
Jim Acosta yesterday:
“The stark message we got in the briefing room this evening is unmistakable,” the CNN reporter said. “This country is about to go through a horrendous terrible experience, and I have to tell you, people may not believe the president when he says any of this, and I have been—you and I have been, you know, pretty critical of him from time to time.”
“Yeah,” Cooper replied.
“This was a different Donald Trump tonight,” Acosta concluded. “I think he gets it, Anderson.”
“We'll see,” a skeptical Cooper reacted.
Donald Trump today:
TRUMP: "Did you know I was number one on Facebook? I just found out I'm number one on Facebook." (Trump has 29 million followers; Obama has 53 million.) pic.twitter.com/CT0uKOpXR8— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 1, 2020
(It's so dumb and inappropriate it bears repeating.) And then there's the fact today's press conference was about drugs and Venezuela; oh, and the non-existent border wall. And deaths from coronavirus in the U.S. are up to 5,109.
But I'm sure we'll see a different Donald Trump again; in a day or two; for a few minutes.