Based on Donald Trump’s tweet about his last-minute press conference on February 16th, you have to wonder if he was really there.
Thank you for all of the nice statements on the Press Conference yesterday. Rush Limbaugh said one of greatest ever. Fake media not happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
One of the greatest press conferences ever? Sure, if by “greatest,” you mean “colossal disaster.” As in, Pompeii was entombed by one of the greatest volcanic explosions the world has ever seen.
As he took questions from the media, Trump proved that he sounds as crazy in person as he does in 140-character segments on Twitter. Only with several more words strung in a row. Sentences haven’t seen this kind of massacre since Sarah Palin was making the rounds. Here’s a taste by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show:
Even though this video is meant to be entertaining, it’s actually pretty accurate.
While the alleged primary purpose of the press conference was to introduce Alexander Acosta, the nominee for labor secretary, he was quickly outshined by several moments that caused Americans to say, “Huh?”
The White House is totes fine, you guys. Trump said, “This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”
There’s no such thing as “lies.” As in, Trump could not say that Flynn lied. Instead, Trump stated, “The thing is, he didn’t tell our vice president properly, and then he said he didn’t remember … that just wasn’t acceptable to me.”
That ban that wasn’t a ban? It was awesome. “”We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban; we had a bad court,” Trump said. Geez, what does he think of the Constitution?
Russia? What Russia? That’s Obama’s fault. He said, “Russia – this is fake news put out by the media. The real news is the fact that people, probably from the Obama administration because they’re there, because we have our new people going in place, right now.”
And, you guys, he’s totally a good person. “I’m really not a bad person, by the way. No, but the tone is such – I do get good ratings, you have to admit that – the tone is such hatred.” Also, this one: “Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism – the least racist person.”
And let’s not forget when Trump assumed that a black reporter would not only be close friends with black members of Congress, but that she could also set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.
For millions of Americans watching, this was the longest and most confusing 80 minutes of our lives.
Just in case it was part of a larger strategy (which is entirely possible), it is important for the Resistance to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Avoid burnout and don’t get caught up in the daily drama. Trump does have a base, and he and his cronies are trying to keep them engaged.
— Alt Dept of State (@AltStateDpt) February 17, 2017