Trump holds off-the-rails ‘Festivus’ airing of grievances press conference
Moments after Donald Trump’s first press conference, this writer heard MSNBC’s Katy Tur liken it to a Seinfeldian “Festivus airing of grievances.” Jake Tapper pretty much said the same thing over on CNN.
NBC’s Peter Alexander confronted Donald Trump head-on over his credibility:
… given the president’s well-documented penchant for spreading lies and misinformation.
After boasting (inaccurately) that his electoral college win was the largest margin since Ronald Reagan’s, the president turned his attention to the damaging information coming out about his administration’s potential ties to the Russian government. Trump called all of the reporting about Russia “fake news” and blasted the media for reporting “lies.”
“You said today that you had the biggest electoral margin since Ronald Reagan,” Alexander began, reading off a list of several recent previous presidents who had larger margins than Trump.
“Why should Americans trust you,” Alexander asked.
The president insisted he was talking about Republican presidents before saying he was “given” that information.
“I don’t know,” Trump added.
“Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive as being fake when you’re providing information that’s fake?” Alexander pressed.
“I don’t know,” Trump repeated. “I was given that information.”
Twitter had a field day:
So Trump held a press conference to throw a tantrum at the press. Just when was Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford elected as our president?
— Holy Bullies (@holybullies) February 16, 2017
"I'm the least antisemetic person" – the guy who hired an antisemite as chief strategist #TrumpPressConference
— Kate Carr (@_katecarr) February 16, 2017
Trump to BBC reporter: "Where are you from?" https://t.co/0IjrYC1rM3
— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) February 16, 2017
"I haven't spoken to anyone in Russia in years… I spoke to Putin twice after the election" I'm screaming
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) February 16, 2017
April Ryan, " Will you meet with the CBC?"
Trump, " Who?"
Mr. President, The CBC is the Congressional Black Caucus.
— Tessa (@CurtessaJacques) February 16, 2017
— UpsideDownyJunior (@msamson56) February 16, 2017
— trumpsheart (@trumpsharted) February 16, 2017
When are the feats of strength? pic.twitter.com/Py5hDST72f
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) February 16, 2017
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