Trump attacks protesters destroying monuments

On “This Week,” Martha Raddatz discusses the president’s speech, his defiance in mask-wearing and holding large gatherings while claiming his strategy to defeat COVID-19 is working.
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Let's bring in ABC's Martha Raddatz who will be hosting "This week" later this morning. You saw Rachel Scott report there, the president spent most of his speech overnight attacking the protesters, who have been tearing down monuments, do you think this is a resident line of attack for the president as we head into the election in the fall. It's a line for his base. It's what he keeps doing again and again. Appealing to his base and not really anything broader. This isn't going to appeal to suburban women or independents and he painting Joe Biden as a liberal. I don't think many people think of Joe Biden as a roaring liberal. The president also claimed in his speech that his strategy to defeat the virus is working, on your show this morning, on "This week" this morning, you'll be interviewing government officials from hot spots across the country, are you seeing evidence that the president's strategy is in fact working on the coronavirus? Absolutely not, overall in the nation. You just read all those statistics, Dan, it's not just a flame, it's a fire right now, certainly there's progress in vaccines, there's progress with ventilators, but overall there is a spike across the nation that's getting to get out of control. The people the president gathers together, they're not worried about the virus when it's spreading this way. It's a very dangerous situation still, Dan, as you know. Let me pick up on your last point about people expressing a lack of concern, I wonder if it cause some consternation within some quarters of the president's own party, even his own administration, when he publicly defies recommendations from his own government about masking and social distancing. I think more and more so. On the hill privately, some Republicans are wishing the president would wear a mask, many of them are now wearing masks. I think it's doubtful you'll see the president wear a mask any time soon, although he says he has nothing against it. You know, I watched governor Abbott in Texas talking about masks and saying they have to wear masks in Texas now and he got a lot of blowback. I can imagine president trump would, too, from his base. Martha Raddatz, thank you very much for joining us. I want to remind everybody to tune into Martha's show later this morning. "This week" airs right here on ABC. She'll be speaking to the fda commissioner Stephen Hahn. As coronavirus cases surge. That's all coming on "This week" later this morning right here on ABC.

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