> While suggesting that Democrats â€œcan try to steal the election from usâ€ and that â€œour numbers started miraculously getting whittled away in secret,â€ the president sounded bored rather than enraged.
Appearing in person ought to have put more visceral force behind Trumpâ€™s charges; his in-person statement did the opposite. His delivery lacked the all-caps, exclamation-marked energy of his Twitter broadsides. The effect was to undercut the incendiary allegations Trump was making. He was a man checking a box, not one fighting for his political life.
And while Trump was speaking, something rather extraordinary happened: Three major broadcast networks stopped airing the presidentâ€™s address live.