President Trump just gave one of the wildest press conferences our nation has ever seen. Unhinged and incoherent on every level, highlights include him yelling “NOT GOOD” at a reporter, asking a black reporter to schedule a meeting between him and the Congressional Black Caucus (because all black people know each other?), shouting down a Haaretz reporter for asking about anti-Semitism, saying that the intelligence leaks were real but the news was fake, boasting about his electoral college victory, and ten minutes of ranting and raving about how dishonest the media is.
There are truly no words that can fully explain just what a trainwreck this press conference was. Here are the best takes from journalists and citizens on social media:
Fact checking this Trump press conference is going to take 20 newspaper pages…at least
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) February 16, 2017
If you are taking a shot every time Donald Trump says something insane in this press conference I will gladly speak at your imminent funeral
— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) February 16, 2017
Trump is coming off as a paranoid loon in this press conference. Rambling self-contradictory statements. What an embarrassment to the US.
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) February 16, 2017
Trump is now doing TV reviews in the midst of his live press conference. "I watch it," he says, minutes after claiming he doesn't watch CNN.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 16, 2017
Trump is literally critiquing the makeup of cable news talking head panels at this press conference. Can't make this stuff up, folks.
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) February 16, 2017
Transcript of the last few minutes of the Trump press conference:
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 16, 2017
This Trump press conference reminds me of a conversation with an angry drunk guy at the bar.
— Alamo_on_the_rise (@AlamoOnTheRise) February 16, 2017
Recap of Trump's press conference:
-he doesn't remember his lies
-uranium is nuclear weapons and stuff
-all black people know each other
— elizabeth (@Elizasoul80) February 16, 2017
SNL writers returning from lunch, just tuning into this Trump press conference pic.twitter.com/BHEpu4EcNj
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 16, 2017
All in all, it was a national humiliation on a level we haven’t seen for decades.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.