The COVID-19 strand of coronavirus now has over a thousand diagnosed cases in the United States and has claimed the lives of more than 30 people. Numerous events and celebrations around the world have been cancelled, talk shows and sports are being filmed without an audience, and entire countries are going on lockdown.
After numerous missteps and dismissals of the threat posed by the virus, President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday night in a speech that was widely panned by viewers for seeming erratic and even fearful.
Some of the most interesting moments weren't even supposed to be on camera at all.
Before and after the speech, Trump didn't realize that the C-SPAN cameras capturing it stayed recording, leading to some highly awkward moments.
Some of the moments show the President trying to decide whether or not his binder should be on the desk.
Did no one in the room know CSPAN was broadcasting before remarks?? #CoronaVirusUpdate #PresidentialAddress https://t.co/KbacrVBfjT— ThurstonHumbolt (@ThurstonHumbolt)1583980774.0
In another, the President dropped the f-bomb when seeing a pen mark (presumably on his paper) and asking for "white stuff."
The CSPAN cameras were on and recording in the Oval Office last night before and after his speech. “A what? Aw, f*c… https://t.co/SkM9aFBRw3— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1584021973.0
And after the speech, he gives a satisfied "Okay!"
CSPAN continued broadcasting after Pres. Trump finished addressing the nation: https://t.co/KnnNyRI5Bf— Alex Salvi (@Alex Salvi)1583976288.0
The accidental behind-the-scenes glimpse into Trump's preparation generated widespread ridicule online.
@girlsreallyrule He's more worried about a pen mark!?! How about showing that concern for us!!! I can hear his base… https://t.co/xKwe4qiQ9r— Pjones (@Pjones)1584022760.0
@ThurstonHumbolt What a basket of buffoons.— Real JR from CA (@Real JR from CA)1583989552.0
@ThurstonHumbolt The speech would’ve been better with the book and without the president.— Tim (@Tim)1583991019.0
@CalebJHull Can somebody add the curb your enthusiasm music at the end?— Caucus Pocus by Focus (@Caucus Pocus by Focus)1583980830.0
@CalebJHull You can tell he knows neither that it’s over...or what he’s just said.— Carter Roy (@Carter Roy)1583983960.0
The President's supporters were enraged at C-SPAN, which they now deemed partisan.
@alexsalvinews @OANN I BET that was NO ACCIDENT ,,, @cspan should be ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES ... if I was… https://t.co/wgx2JWinq8— Joe Bob (@Joe Bob)1583977880.0
@alexsalvinews @OANN I guess @cspan didn’t get their GOTHCHA MOMENT. Disappointed CSpan???— BookerT⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@BookerT⭐️⭐️⭐️)1583977187.0
@alexsalvinews WTF? Trying to get him saying something wrong I gather. 🤦🏻♀️— ProudPatriotUSA🤖 (@ProudPatriotUSA🤖)1583978921.0
The problem is, the speech itself was considered even more awkward than the moments before and after.
I don’t want to hear one more frickin word questioning #Biden’s mental acuity. Not. ONE! 🤨🤨 #CoronavirusPandemic… https://t.co/wDSpLbtTOj— Tara Setmayer (@Tara Setmayer)1583982451.0
From a very angry nurse about #Trumpspeech https://t.co/WgBPO6fUZ2— MiniMudds (@MiniMudds)1583984459.0
The problem with this is that it reveals that Trump does not actually read and absorb the *meaning* of what he plan… https://t.co/xQsaimg81K— Asha Rangappa (@Asha Rangappa)1584020692.0
The S&P 500 dipped by 7% the following morning, triggering a temporary halt on trading—the second one in recent days.