The presidential television producer leads him to look for dramatic tables that create his preferred image of himself – strong, defiant, tearing down organizational structures and breaking the usual etiquette of the presidency.
But his recent attempts to create arrested political figures seem to be creating support.
Back on the campaign track
Trump’s rallies, a striking example of artistic political performance, are far more important to him than conventional politicians could be. Not only do they give the president a chance on the central stage to enjoy the adultery of the crowd, but they define his savage presidency in many ways and give the impression that Trump is overthrowing the mass anti-Washington movement.
Trump has plans for more rallies in Arizona, Texas and Florida – states where the virus is growing rapidly again after the early economic openings he sought. Events are likely to draw attention to his denial over the pandemic and the inaccurate ruling that the United States “prevailed” over the crisis.
One of the key questions in the November election will be whether the message the president is sending to his supporters – and voters moving in the middle of the road – with his courageous performance will be enough to form a winning coalition or turn more voters against him.
Trump returns for a walk down the ramp
But the White House did not want to worry about its own health, including a mysterious and unplanned visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in November last year.
And when critics questioned Trump’s slow walk down the ramp at West Point, he couldn’t stand it.
The president, who turned 74 on Sunday, retaliated on Twitter with his own narrative of what happened, and that only intensified the moment.
“The ramp I went down after my speech from West Point was very long and steep, had no handrails and, most importantly, was very slippery. The last thing I intended was to ‘fall’ to make the Fake News entertain. The final ten meters I rushed to ground level. Momentum! “The president wrote in a tweet early Sunday morning.
The West Point degree has moved forward even though cadets have been involved in online learning since March, when the academy in New York City was one of the hardest hit areas during the pandemic.
The president made it clear back in April that he planned to attend the graduation in person, despite a warning from critics that he would expose the cadets because they were invited to a socially distanced event.