Tuesday, ABC hosted a Town Hall with President Trump. Depending on how you look at it, it couldn't have gone any better or worse.
And for Trump, less than two months to Election Day, it couldn't have been worse.
Instead of trying to do the right thing, and own up to 3 1/2 years of half-truths, lies, and misstated facts, Trump doubled down on some of his more bizarre talking points, embarrassing himself before the entire country. Well, at least the parts of the country that were interested.
A week after audio tapes recorded by Bob Woodward for his new book, Rage, surfaced, Trump is now trying to claim he didn't downplay coronavirus, and is still pinning the blame on China for the pandemic. No, Mr. President. While the virus has its origins in China, your mishandling of the virus, despite knowing the severity of the virus, as you admitted to Woodward seven months ago, your haphazard handling of the pandemic in its early stages here exacerbated the situation.
Here's an excerpt from what may well be a watershed moment in Trump's re-election campaign:
You had a chance to redeem yourself in front of the entire country, Mr. President, but it was an epic fail. I'd say you were better off leaving your spin doctors to handle this one, but I hear they're on the comeback trail, and rehearsing in one of your empty hotels.
That's a joke, by the way.
Only the most snowblind among the President's loyal supporters will take him at his word now.
The irony of all this is that, assuming he loses in seven weeks' time, it will mark the end of the longest running iteration of an old game show that won't be revived again any time soon.
The Liars' Club.