Courtesy of NYT:

With the coronavirus pandemic raging and his campaign faltering in the polls, his appearance amounted to a fiery reboot of his re-election effort, using the holiday and an official presidential address to mount a full-on culture war against a straw-man version of the left that he portrayed as inciting mayhem and moving the country toward totalitarianism.

“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children,” Mr. Trump said, addressing a packed crowd of sign-waving supporters, few of whom wore masks. “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.”

Mr. Trump barely mentioned the frightening resurgence of the pandemic, even as the country surpassed 53,000 new cases and health officials across the nation urged Americans to scale back their Fourth of July plans.

Instead, appealing unabashedly to his base with ominous language and imagery, he railed against what he described as a dangerous “cancel culture” intent on toppling monuments and framed himself as a strong leader who would protect the Second Amendment, law enforcement and the country’s heritage.

The scene at Mount Rushmore was the latest sign of how Mr. Trump appears, by design or default, increasingly disconnected from the intense concern among Americans about the health crisis gripping the country. More than just a partisan rally, it underscored the extent to which Mr. Trump is appealing to a subset of Americans to carry him to a second term by changing the subject and appealing to fear and division.

And just now Trump gave an even more unhinged speech in DC.

Nothing like a national celebration to start trying to pit Americans against each other, and try to try to frame every criticism directed at you as a treasonous attack on the very foundation of our country. 

We need to come up with different words other than “unhinged” or “batshit crazy” because Trump’s slide into madness makes those descriptions seem outdated and inadequate. 

The man is literally falling apart before our very eyes and clearly none of his people are able to hide that from us any longer. 

I’m certainly glad I had something more important to do than watch that lunatic speech last night, or the one today, I mean those toenails are not going to cut themselves. 

Update: You guys remember how Operation Desert Storm happened in those Vietnamese jungles, right? 

This is the guy who keeps attacking Joe Biden’s mental state?