President Donald Trump just held a press conference, and it was an absolute horror show. He ranted and raved about the terrible unfair and enormously dishonest media for over ten minutes. He smeared the leakers that exposed his former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn’s potentially treasonous communications with the Russian government as illegal criminals and then made this truly insane statement in defense of Flynn:
“The reporting is fake. Here’s the thing, the public isn’t — you know, they read newspapers, they see television, they watch. They don’t know if it’s true or false because they’re not involved. I’m involved.
The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake.
So I know when you are telling the truth or when you’re not. I just see many, many untruthful things. And I’ll tell you what else I see. I see tone. You know the word tone. The tone is such hatred. I’m really not a bad person, by the way.”
Trump cannot have it both ways. The news was about the leaks, so, therefore, if the leaks are real, then the news is real. It’s the kind of absurd mental gymnastics and information distortion common in authoritarian dictatorships.
It’s obvious from Trump’s unhinged reactions that he knows the accusations against him and his administration are true, so he is desperately trying to destroy the credibility of the media in the eyes of the public and remove himself from public scrutiny.
This press conference was a slap in the face of our First Amendment, our right to a free press, and to the Constitution that Trump swore to uphold. He is incapable of speaking coherently but instead simply unleashes a tidal wave of egotistical ramblings peppered with outrageous lies. He is truly a disgrace to this nation and a threat to American society as we know it.
Watch it here: