One strange Presidential news conference
Will things get any weirder than this?
February 17, 2017
Chronicle news & opinion
President Donald Trump answers questions at White House news conference Feb. 16, 017.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Just how weird was that? You could almost feel millions of Americans around the country - the millions that weren't swooning with delight as part of the Trump hardcore faithful - silently asking themselves what in the world is wrong with this man? following President Trump's unique (in the annals of American history) news conference Thursday night.
It was the night that Bubba The Rich Boy went weird and medieval on the free press, which he doesn't seem to care for a lot.
Trump's flaming Id, hugely over-inflated ego, thin skin, narcissistic need for constant adulation and propensity to blame outside forces for his problems was on full display and cranked up to cruising speed last night as The Donald predictably blamed mostly the evil news media (but not Fox Fixed News) for his problems in the first 28 days of a chaotic administration.
"I'm not ranting and raving. I'm just telling you you're dishonest people," said Trump.
Mr. Trump (quickly becoming a "total disaster" in the oval office?) described his administration not as chaotic but as "running like a fine tuned machine." No chaos. The news media makes all that up. (Seriously, he actually called it a fine tuned machine).
Blameless of course in all the headlines and news stories that have appeared to seriously upset the President is Mr. Trump himself and the people he's brought with him to the White House, such as right-wing extremist Steve Bannon better known as the Antichrist.
They're all doing just a swell job. Let's give them Medals of Freedom and Starbucks cards.
Vintage whining, blaming, combative, scapegoating Trump
It was, as CNN described it, "vintage Trump" holding court in a news conference that lasted an hour and fifteen minutes, "Carving out a stunning moment in modern American political history. He displayed a sense of anger and grievance rarely vented by a President in public -- let alone one who has been in office for just four weeks."
NBC called it Trump unloading in a "fiery, combative press conference...airing grievances, placing blame, denying allegations. A scene unlike anything we've heard from President in memory. It's been written about by the left as a meltdown and heralded by the right tonight as the trashing of the media...what we witnessed at today's news conference by President Trump was pretty much unlike anything we've heard from behind the Presidential podium. A marathon session of combative exchanges that pushed decorum aside and provided a telling glimpse into the mind of a President pressured and smarting from a run of bad headlines."
Captain Hairspray bragged again (as usual) about his victory over Hillary Clinton and talked about cable TV ratings and, of course, the mess he inherited: " As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. To be honest, I inherited a mess. It's a mess. At home and abroad, a mess," said Trump.
(By the way, did he say the word "mess" enough times like a whining, cry baby, pouting, irrational 13-year old rich boy who didn't get a pony for Christmas might? )
"We have made incredible progress. I don't think there's ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we've done," Trump said.
As usual, Trump's take on reality was at odds with reality. The Donald continues to live in an alternate universe, a mental construct only he understands.
The travel ban
He lashed out at the news coverage of his temporary travel ban on residents from seven mostly Muslim nations, "that caused a weekend of chaos at the nation's airports before being suspended by a federal court," according to CNN and others.
That weekend of chaos was reported by multiple news outlets both in this country and abroad. They must have all been smoking dope and hallucinating for, according to Trump, "We had a very smooth roll out of the travel ban. But we had a bad court. We had a bad decision, that is the only thing that is wrong with the travel ban."
Trump gets caught in a lie, can't wiggle out
One of the classic moments of the night was when Trump, when faced with real numbers he couldn't hide from, had to concede his constant boasting about having the "biggest electoral margin since Ronald Reagan" is simply hot air.
The moment came during questions from NBC reporter Peter Alexander:
Alexander: "You said today that you had the biggest electoral margin since Ronald Reagan – 304, 306 electoral votes. In fact, President Obama got 365 in 2008."
Trump: "Well, I'm talking about Republicans."
Alexander: "President Obama 333, George H.W. Bush 426 when he won. So why should Americans trust..."
Trump: "I was given that information, I was just given it. We had a very big margin."
Alexander: "I guess the question is: Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive as being fake, when you're providing information that is not accurate?"
Trump: "Well, I was given that information. I was, actually, I've seen that information around. But it was a very substantial victory. Do you agree with that?"
Alexander: "You're the president."
An undignified, unpresidential and weird news conference
From Wired.com: "Trump’s press conference was undignified, unpresidential and weirdly directed at the media instead of the country he leads...if you were following what someone might perhaps carelessly refer to as the mainstream media—CNN, NBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times—you probably saw a president who seemed unhinged, if not outright dangerous."
The mental health folks
All of which might put this into perspective for you: 23,622 mental health professionals as of mid morning Feb. 16 have signed a petition to be delivered to Sen. Chuck Schumer that says, "We the undersigned mental health professionals believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 3 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
But if you are one of the faithful hard-core Trumpets (only about 20% of adults, according to one tracking poll) and were watching coverage of this news conference on the Trump-Friendly Fox News and/or some of the more prominent and far out there right wing websites, then you saw a triumphant, great President giving the media a good and well deserved ass-kicking and you were (and are) happy as a pig in warm Georgia mud that a great President like Donald Trump, loved and revered by outfits like the Ku Klux Klan and Neo Nazis, is at the helm of this great nation.