Trump to Give Balcony Address

I'm sorry, what?

Source: White House

CNN reports: Trump to address hundreds from White House balcony on Saturday.

President Donald Trump will emerge from his Covid-forced isolation Saturday for a speech from a White House balcony, allowing the public their first independent glimpse in days of a leader recovering from coronavirus.

Hundreds of guests have been invited to the White House for the event, despite concerns about a late September ceremony in the Rose Garden that may have acted as the nexus for a viral outbreak that has ripped through Trump’s staff.

I guess hosting one superspreader event on the White House grounds was not enough, so he is going for a twofer. (Not to mention yet another blatant campaign event at the WH).

At least someone appears to have prevailed upon him not to go out in public (which suggests that despite his declaration of being cured, he has not yet tested negative).

While this event may scratch Trump’s rally itch, and give the diehards a thrill, I suspect that showing yet more reckless disregard in the face of the virus is not going to help him in the polls.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2020, COVID-19, Donald Trump, US Politics
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  1. CSK says:

    Exercising his Mussolini fantasies, I see.
    As I said on the open thread, I’m assuming the attendees won’t be masked and socially distanced.
    Voila: Another superspreader event.

    It confounds me that the Trumpkins can believe that this man cares about them.

  2. Joe says:

    Repeating myself from today’s forum:

    Nothing says tinpot dictator like speeches from the balcony.

  3. Gustopher says:

    If he looks sick, it’s going to be a very bad image for him. And he hasn’t looked healthy in the 2 minute videos he has posted.

    Let’s re-elect the frail old man on a balcony who doesn’t have the common sense to get rest.

  4. Kathy says:

    It would be too bad if Trump the Covidiot were to faint and fall off the balcony to the hard ground below.

  5. CSK says:

    He’s going to host a rally in Sanford, Florida (outside Orlando) this coming Monday, in an airplane hangar.

    Sure sounds like a healthy environment to me.
    I hope it’s clear I’m being sarcastic with that comment.

    Memo to Trump’s devotees: This man does not love you. This man does not care about your well-being. All this man cares about is your adoration. Otherwise, you can drop dead.

    And you may well drop dead if you get infected at one of these idiotic rallies.

  6. Sleeping Dog says:

    We should be waiting with bated breath, the inevitable Lincoln Project video, Covita II

  7. JohnSF says:

    “Pompeo, Pompeo, wherefore art thou Pompeo…

  8. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: He’s planning to host a rally in Sanford, Florida (outside Orlando) this coming Monday, in an airplane hangar.

    FTFY, just cause I like you.

    On the more serious side, not for one second do I believe he has the stamina to do his usual 60-90 minute rant. Tomorrow’s will go at best 20 minutes, and if somebody wants to start a pool, I’ll put $10 on 12 minutes.

  9. grumpy realist says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: He managed to carry off a 2 hour conversation with Rush Limbaugh today, no?

    Never underestimate the lure of getting that sweet, sweet ego-massaging for a narcissist….

  10. dmichael says:

    I confess that I read your headline quickly and I thought it was: Trump to Give Baloney Address. Or… did you intend to write that instead?

  11. CSK says:

    Yeah–“planning” may well be the operative word here. The rally he wanted to do in Florida tomorrow didn’t come off, did it? And there’s been no mention of the prospective rally in Pennsylvania on Sunday.

    On the other hand, as Grumpy has pointed out, he did rant for 2 hours on Limbaugh today, including using the word “fuck.”

  12. An Interested Party says:

    Just what we need, a speech from Il Doofus, the plague bearer…

  13. Mister Bluster says:

    @grumpy realist:..He managed to carry off a 2 hour conversation with Rush Limbaugh today, no?

    It is radio. You can’t see if it is really Trump or a voice double or Limbaugh doing two voices and answering his own questions. He started out as “Rusty Sharpe” at KGMO in Cape Girardeau MO for Christ’s sake.
    If it was Trump you know he was sitting down the whole time. He might have even been in bed. There’s no way he will be able to stand on the balcony for very long.

    Maybe Melania will hold him up.

  14. Slugger says:

    Speech from the White House balcony? Obviously needs to wear a nice uniform for real impact with medals and epaulettes and braid. That’s the way to get maximum impact!

  15. Mu Yixiao says:

    Has Tim Rice been called in?

  16. @Mu Yixiao: I 100% have “Don’t Cry for me, Argentina” on a loop in my head at the moment.

  17. David S. says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: Same. I really hope someone overlays the eventual video with a rendition.

  18. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: I’m thinking more “How Can I Miss You if You Won’t Go Away?”

  19. Kathy says:

    Here’s a topic for trump to talk about:

    COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in the US.

  20. Matt says:

    @Kathy: Of course according to conservatives everything is listed as a covid19 death now so that number is meaningless….

  21. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @grumpy realist: He managed to carry off a 2 hour conversation with Rush Limbaugh today, no?

    I wouldn’t know, apples and kumquats anyway. Sitting down and having a conversation over the computer/phone is entirely different from standing and delivering a crowd pleasing rant all by oneself.

    Tho with that info I’ll move my goalposts to 30 mins.

  22. Bill says:

    Just noting- The academy award winning film, The King’s Speech, ended with a balcony scene of the King and Queen waving to their subjects.

  23. CSK says:

    If he faints or collapses today, how do you suppose they’ll spin it?

  24. SC_Birdflyte says:

    @Gromitt Gunn: I was thinking that a suitable counterweight to Mangolini’s balcony address might be a mass gathering at the Ellipse, offering a vocal rebuttal – perhaps, “na-na-na-na, hey hey good-bye.”

  25. @Kathy: Yeah, but Flu is #1 and sniffles is #2.

  26. Michael Reynolds says:

    Has someone already done a Triumph of the Ill joke?

  27. CSK says:

    @Michael Reynolds:
    No. You’re the first.

    I was thinking Triumph of the Swill myself.

  28. Mikey says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    We should be waiting with bated breath, the inevitable Lincoln Project video, Covita II

    I got u fam

  29. CSK says:

    WH spokesperson Judd Deere says the rant…excuse me, speech…will last 30 minutes.

  30. CSK says:


    You called it right. It was only 18 minutes long.

  31. al Ameda says:

    Someone obviously reminded him that it’s a desecration to hold his copy of Mein Kampf upside down while he wavEd to his little people.