KellyAnne Conway has opined that a reason Donald Trump is polling poorly in advance of the 2020 election is that he stopped giving daily briefings on the current state of the pandemic and the nation’s response. Now, Trump will reportedly resume those briefings.
Donald Trump’s public appearances over the months since the U.S. began responding to the COVID-19 pandemic have been in flux. He ceased holding political rallies, but began holding daily press briefings. Then he made several public appearances at corporations making protective equipment, but was criticized for failing to use a protective mask himself during those visits. He resumed political rallies, and that went poorly, with low attendance and a surge in COVID-19 cases. He cancelled an in-person rally, and has been attempting telephone events.
However, it appears he’ll now be resuming the practice of daily appearances at the White House before a press panel. CBS correspondent Weijia Jiang reports that he first will likely be Tuesday evening.
Update: The President is bringing back the 5pm briefings. First one is likely tomorrow. https://t.co/8fCkNqHMX5
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) July 20, 2020
In April, these daily events were widely compared to Trump’s MAGA rallies — NY Mag described them as televised replacements for re-election rallies, saying, “Americans are watching — millions more than would ordinarily see a clip from a Keep America Great rally.”
Meanwhile, Politico noted Trump’s habit of using press conferences as opportunities to bash his presumed opponent, Joe Biden, taking the “Rose Garden Strategy” beyond the level of any other incumbent candidate.
By May, according to Business Insider Trump was making the comparison himself, specifically saying that, as a way to “circumvent the media,” they are a good substitute for rallies while he can’t hold large events.
Donald Trump has previously discussed television ratings as a presidential priority, recently suggesting that if Joe Biden is elected, the media will suffer for lack of audience.
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