Speaking on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday with Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey, host Alisyn Camerota speculated that President Trump might give a Fourth of July speech in which he would be “foaming at the mouth.” The discussion revolved around Trump’s rumored plans to speak at the Lincoln Memorial.
Dawsey began by outlining Trump’s plans. He said, “He has moved the fireworks show from the usual location to a different place. They’re trying to get different entertainment for the video; and it’s going to be, in his mind, they’re going to do a celebration that he’s always wanted to throw. As you also saw, he’s having fireworks shot over Mount Rushmore now; that’s never been done before. So the president’s taking a keen interest in, do I forward and bring together this ceremony more in his likeness compared to previous years?”
Camerota asked, “You say the development has surprised, worried, some city and federal officials. Why?”
Dawsey explained, “Well, city officials are a bit concerned about the president and his motorcade coming to the Lincoln Memorial, to the location of the fireworks. And it’s a time when hundreds of thousands of people are moving about Washington, trying to get to the fireworks, trying to get to the National Mall; and a presidential motorcade takes some pretty onerous steps to get the president there safely. There’s some concern about logistical challenges of moving the president all in the same time as a few hundred thousands of people out and about.”
Camerota then proceeded to indulge her anti-Trump fantasy: “The president very much wants to give this speech, it sounds like, from the Lincoln Memorial. And you write, ‘The president’s starring role has the potential to turn what has long been a nonpartisan celebration of the nation’s founding into another version of a Trump campaign rally.’ And I’m just wondering, Josh — I mean, what kind of speech would he give? Would he give a presidential speech or would he give one of these sort of ‘foaming at the mouth’ speech that we sometimes see at the rallies where they clamor — you know, we hear — we heard it just last week where people in the crowd clamor for violence.”
Dawsey answered, “Well, I think his advisers, themselves, don’t know what he’s going to say before he gets up there. The speech would supposedly be about America, and patriotism, and the economy, and his administration’s accomplishments. And, you know, kind of a rah-rah speech. But the president often goes off teleprompter, as we’ve seen time and time again. So what he would actually say from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with these symbol throngs out there is really hard to know.”
On May 3, Camerota moaned that Trump had “broken her spirit,” complaining, “I’m sorry if I sound like they’ve broken my spirit. The reason I say that is because you see in the Mueller report ample evidence laid out of obstruction, of what Robert Mueller considered obstruction, but nothing happens. You see violations of the Emoluments Clause, but nothing happens. You see nepotism, but nothing happens.”