President Donald Trump took to the Rose Garden on Tuesday afternoon for a press conference, but he would speak for 52 minutes before he began taking questions.
The White House grounds aren't typically used by Presidents for explicit campaigning, but over the course of that 52 minutes, the President unyieldingly railed against his 2020 Democratic opponent Joe Biden, along with his tried and true rogues' gallery of liberal lawmakers: former President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and others.
The presser was one of Trump's most erratic in recent months, and even Fox News's Bret Baier pointed out that Republicans would have been shocked and concerned if Trump's predecessor had given a similarly chaotic press conference.
Here’s @BretBaier correctly noting that had Obama delivered a campaign speech from the White House, Republicans wou… https://t.co/4VVl74f5bW— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1594769014.0
"Presidents in the past have stayed away from overt campaign rhetoric from the Rose Garden or the White House, but it is the President's discretion. It is worth noting, however, to be fair, that had President Obama made this kind of speech from the Rose Garden, Republicans on Capitol Hill would likely have been up in arms."
It was the latest in a years-long string of instances where people observed Trump being held to a lower standard than his predecessor.
People agreed with Baier's hypothetical.
Did Bret Baier just play the "If Obama Did it?" game about the #TrumpPressConference and🎯 https://t.co/rmzEZkxSRr— Phyllis🖖🏾From 6 ft Away (@Phyllis🖖🏾From 6 ft Away) 1594766210.0
@Mediaite @NHJennifer They were up in arms even though he didn't,. Pretending that he had— Dr. furloughed bot (@Dr. furloughed bot) 1594812191.0
@Mediaite @guypbenson Where’s the lie ?— Boombastic ✊🏾 #ForthePeople 👸🏽 (@Boombastic ✊🏾 #ForthePeople 👸🏽) 1594771496.0
Wow - Kudos to Bret Baier for calling out Republicans for their hypocrisy. #FoxNews https://t.co/DSBx2ezqC2— George Theodore (@George Theodore) 1594815854.0
Baier was far from the only one left perplexed by the presser.
"Is there anyone around the president who shakes their head when they hear him rambling in the Rose Garden like thi… https://t.co/siDFnIt8Wg— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1594780482.0
President Trump’s Rambling Rose Garden Rant— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project) 1594763580.0
Trump is now literally unloading an oppo dump on Biden from the Rose Garden. He’s reading aloud from a list of rece… https://t.co/0BYtErIFBV— Philip Rucker (@Philip Rucker) 1594764014.0
Trump soiled the WH Rose Garden with that performance. Presidents do not use the Rose Garden in that kind of naked… https://t.co/jgUUFFzw2J— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta) 1594767389.0
You can watch the full hour of Trump's press conference here.