I was busy with business associates the past couple days, and I was surprised to hear from one colleague that Trump was having another press conference yesterday, the day after he just had a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I figured that it would be as inconsequential as the Netanyahu presser with a couple softball questions and that would be it. I completely underestimated Trump’s willingness to put his mental illness on full display for the world to see.
I am still reeling from watching the press conference and then reading the transcript of this press conference. I can only imagine the concern mental health professionals would have that did the same. His opening diatribe gradually built through the subsequent questions from the media into full blown nonsensical gibberish. There are so many examples to which I can point, but I thought I would offer ten for your review and consideration that could be easily grabbed from the transcript. My editorial comments follow after his quotes.
“To be honest, I inherited a mess.” To be honest, he inherited a fortune from Daddy Trump.
“I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.” No, but this press conference was perhaps the biggest joke since Ronald Reagan.
“In fact, I’ll be in Melbourne, Florida five o’clock on Saturday and I heard — just heard that the crowds are massive that want to be there.” He’s already got a massive pre-rally crowd count for a crowd that does not yet exist. Office pool idea … what day and time will he mention it is a larger crowd than the recent Women’s March?
“I turn on the T.V., open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos. Chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can’t get my cabinet approved.” Trump’s Cabinet, thy name is Chaos.
“We’ve issued a game-changing new rule that says for each one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. Makes sense.” This is sort of like the Betsy DeVos approach to education … for every one thing learned, forget two.
“Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars. We are not going to let it happen any longer.” I am so tired of paying $100 for my Milky Way bars.
“Russia is fake news. Russia — this is fake news put out by the media.” I guess it is possible that Russia may not really exist. Have you visited it? No? Then how do you know it is real? Just because you vacation each year in Wisconsin doesn’t mean that you know unequivocally that Russia exists.
“So I’m dealing with Mexico, I’m dealing with Argentina, we were dealing on this case with Mike Flynn. All this information gets put into the “Washington Post” and gets put into the “New York Times” and I’m saying “what’s going to happen when I’m dealing on the Middle East? What’s going to happen when I’m dealing with really, really important subjects like North Korea?” Certainly, a much more secure way to deal with North Korea is to discuss topics like their recent missile test in front of the Mar-a-Lago country club crowd as pictured below.
“And I have to say, Fox & Friends in the morning, they’re very honorable people.” Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
“There’s one Chicago that’s incredible, luxurious and all — and safe. There’s another Chicago that’s worse than almost any of the places in the Middle East that we talk, and that you talk about, every night on the newscasts.” I have to admit that as someone who lives in the greater Chicagoland area, I do try and avoid that other Chicago Trump mentions that is in the midst of a civil war. The Cubs-White Sox rivalry can get intense.
Thanks to the NY Times for making the full transcript available. Trump tells us that the NY Times is fake news. I guess the next question I have is whether or not he will deny that the press conference actually happened if it was reported by the “fake new” NY Times. Right on cue, we get a Trump tweet from this morning …
Well, now that is even more confusing. Trump confirms that the press conference actually did occur. The alleged fake media reported it did occur. Does that make the media less fake? I’m confused, but at least not as confused as Trump. I do apologize that this post is not very humorous, maybe only eliciting a soft chuckle or wry smile, but mental illness is just not a laughing matter, especially not when paraded with pride and pomposity for all the world to see. Sad!