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Flickr/The White House. President Donald Trump held a press conference July 14, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House.

By David Limbaugh, The Stream, July 17, 2020

Stream contributor David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert in law and politics who writes engaging columns from a fresh, conservative point of view. David Limbaugh was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Dec. 11, 1952.

David LimbaughCommentators came out of the woodwork to ridicule President Donald Trump for allegedly turning his July 14 press conference into a campaign rally (and for being unpresidential). So what if he did?

They objected that he veered into other topics when he was supposed to be talking about China and Hong Kong. Horrors!

The press corps, of all people, has no standing to complain about topic drift at presidential press conferences when it routinely uses such events to ask questions unrelated to the announced topic.

Presidents always frame their policy positions in the most favorable political light, especially this close to an election. Don’t even think about saying Trump is unique on this. Of course Trump is going to argue that his actions warrant his reelection, and it’s absurd to claim that’s unusually political, as if it’s possible to separate policy from politics.  ….