The president went on a long rambling monologue about fake news and fake reporters at his disastrous Thursday afternoon press conference. The presser was so bad that QZ.com, a business news website founded by a troop of former conservative Wall Street Journal reporters, called the conference “reality challenged.”
His complaints somehow wound their way around (into?) the controversy surrounding Defense Secretary Michael Flynn’s resignation Monday. Trump chided the media for “falsely reporting” that Flynn had resigned, when in fact Trump himself fired Flynn.
That “false reporting” might have had something to do with Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s false facts. Ms. Conway told reporters on camera that Flynn had resigned. Trump’s own counselor lied, but “the media” is somehow to blame.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, fed up with Trump’s blatant circular logic, turned the president’s phony logic on his head.
The President needs to succeed for America but he has crossed the line too many times. This feels like a fake Presidency. pic.twitter.com/CPb7kZBCvI
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) February 16, 2017
If news about the president, sourced from the president’s staff is fake, that must mean Trump is running a fake presidency.
“You have Kellyanne spreading alternative facts, saying things that aren’t true, you have Miller describing the powers of the presidency in an incorrect, inappropriate and lying fashion,” Mrs. Brzezinksi said on Morning Joe. “It’s a fake presidency.”
Some journalists have proposed a boycott on interviews with Lying Kellyanne, and Mrs. Brzezinski said she would no longer book her on MSNBC.
Mrs. Brzeinski and Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough could be forgiven for thinking that Trump may just be faking his way through his first 100 days as president. His press conference Thursday resembled more of a Saturday Night Live skit than a White House event. The president, as if playing a parody of the Alec Baldwin parody of himself, complained that problems with his early presidency aren’t his fault at all.
“To be honest, I inherited a mess,” Trump said. “It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country.”
Then there’s the troubling fact that President Trump has spent almost as much time at his vacation home as he has at The White House. One guest at his Mar-a-Lago resort last weekend tweeted “Holy Moly” after observing the president talking over confidential reports on a ballistic missile launch in open air with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Even stranger, Trump remains fixated on Hillary Clinton as if the two are still campaigning against one another. He mentioned his former opponent 11 times during the 72 minute press conference, according to The Week:
He then turned to how Clinton tried to “do a reset with Russia” and gave Russia “20 percent of the uranium in the country.” “Hillary Clinton did a reset, remember?” Trump said. “With the stupid plastic button that made us all look like a bunch of jerks.” At another point, Trump asked the audience if anybody really thought Clinton “would be tougher on Russia than Donald Trump.”
It’s as if Trump has forgotten he won the presidency in the first place.
The silver lining in Trump’s frightening immaturity is that the 45th president seems to already be growing tired of the Washington, D.C. push and shove that any other president — dare we say a real president — would readily expect to encounter. If pressure and social media criticism remain relentless, perhaps Trump will make a truly positive breakthrough and quit.