Townhall: "He didn't answer anything," Tubiana told me afterward. "He was lying through his teeth."
Paul Tubiana of Bethlehem, PA was the first questioner. He asked: "Mr. President, I voted for you in 2016. I'm a conservative, pro-life and diabetic. I've had to dodge people who don't care about social distancing and wearing face masks.
I thought you were doing a good job with the pandemic response until about May 1.
Then you took your foot off the gas pedal. Why did you throw vulnerable people like me under the bus?"
Uh, because he is a lying, f'ing, junk science promoting sociopath?
I held my breath. Trump has never been challenged about his mishandling of the pandemic quite like that before. Trump's initial response: "Well, we really didn’t, Paul." And then he blamed China and promised that "we're within weeks of getting" a vaccine.
"He didn't answer anything," Tubiana told me afterward. "He was lying through his teeth."
Tubiana is like so many people: As the pandemic raged, "I was feeling scared, alone and powerless," he said. He said "there were failures of government on both sides of the aisle" last winter and spring, but he felt like Trump stopped providing leadership as the crisis continued from spring to summer. He said he thought Trump stuck to "canned responses" at the town hall.