Remember, during the campaign, when people would comment on Donald Trump’s presence when he wasn’t on a TelePrompTer? Remember the difference when he WAS on one? This past Thursday, we got quite a lot of him shooting, unscripted, from the hip. Originally I started writing a post summarizing Trump’s cabinet – and I’ll eventually get to finishing that – but for now, this press conference takes precedence.
I honestly don’t know where to begin but I’ll start with the lies and gaslighting…
Trump said: “I turn on the TV, open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos. Chaos,” then “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.”
Reality says it’s more gaslighting. Staffers ARE scared and Trump’s own words feed that chaos.
Trump said the leaks were illegal and the news was false. Well.. Which was it? If the news was false, then no confidential information was released – it’s not a “leak”. But if it IS confidential information, then it’s not fake. But, then, this is the guy who is photographed showing everyone documents about North Korea.
Trump said “We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban”. Reality says otherwise. People detained, hundreds of thousands of visas put into question, Iraqis and Afghans who put their lives on the line as translators for us suddenly having no place to go. Of course, the travel ban ignores countries that actually sent terrorists here.
Trump said “Russia is fake news. Russia – this is fake news put out by the media.”. I’m assuming he meant the story about Flynn and his contacting Russia. Trump then went on to try and blame Obama staffers. Maybe Trump forgot that he fired Flynn, not “the press”. Remember, Trump used to LIKE all the leaks – but now he’s completely flip-flopped on the subject.
Trump said he had the biggest Electoral College win since Reagan. Finally a reporter called him out on that. At this point, the conversation went into the Twilight Zone. The reporter pointed out that Obama and Clinton had more votes in the Electoral College. Then Trump responded that he “meant Republicans”. The reporter pointed out that George H. W. Bush (who succeeded Reagan) had more votes. Trump then replied “I was given that information”. Who’s giving him false information? Or are they giving him accurate information that he mis-reads?
Trump said “We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the uranium in our country”. Again false.. You can read the details of the the deal here, here and here. The gist is that it was 20% of our production capacity that was already owned by a Canadian company and Russia was more interested in the holdings the company had in Mongolia. Oh, and the company did not have an export license to export uranium anyway. The company in question, Uranium One, was originally South African. In 2007 it merged with Canada-based UrAsia Energy. In 2010, Russia’s Rosatom (their nuclear agency) bought 51% of the company.
Trump continued his gaslighting of the press – probably for the benefit of his sycophantic fans when he said “I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you you’re dishonest people.” – because we all know it was the press who were talking about sanctions with Russia.
When it came to his relationship with Russia, he said: “I have nothing to do with Russia,” and “Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years. Don’t speak to people from Russia. Not that I wouldn’t. I just have nobody to speak to. I spoke to Putin twice. He called me on the election. I told you this. And he called me on the inauguration, a few days ago.”. HOWEVER – this appears to be completely different from his earlier statements where he said completely the opposite.
He also said, of the media, “You have a lower approval rate than Congress, I think that’s right, I don’t know”. So which is it Mr. President? Do they have a lower approval rate? If you don’t know, like you said, maybe you should check your “facts” before you go repeating them on national – indeed worldwide – television.
For some reason he brought up his defeated opponent – “Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates.”. Umm.. Wrong again – a LOT of people reported on it, including the N. Y. Times.
As far as those negative polls the media is reporting on? They’re all fake. Sounds more and more like a tin-pot dictator…
When it came to his Muslim ban which ran afoul of the 9th Circuit Court, he said the 9th Circuit is the most overturned in the nation. Well, that’s wrong, too. He was close to the truth when he said that 80% of the cases from the 9th were overturned BUT… That only counts cases that were appealed to the Supreme Court AND accepted by the Court. And the Court only hears cases that have an increased likelihood of being overturned. The record? That’s actually 87% from the 6th Circuit Court.
The gaslighting continues when he was asked about the uptick in threats against Jewish organizations: “OK, sit down. … So here’s the story, folks. Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism – the least racist person.” Sorry, Mr. President, but the “least racist person”, at least in my book, wouldn’t be found guilty of discriminating against African Americans with regards to housing matters in apartments he owned. Ok, you didn’t admit guilt and had to pay a huge fine. Weren’t you the person who said you never settle cases – even though that’s exactly what you did with your fraudulent “university” case. He wants you to think he’s not racist – though the evidence says otherwise.
Think I’m kidding? Try this exchange:
April Ryan: “When you say the inner cities, are you going to include the CBC, Mr. President, in your conversations with your urban agenda, your inner-city agenda?”
Trump: “Am I going to include who?
Ryan: “Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus?”
Trump: “Well, I would. I tell you what: Do you want to set up the meeting? Do you want to set up the meeting?”
Ryan: “No, no, no. I’m just a reporter.”
Trump: “Are they friends of yours? Set up the meeting.”
…because all black people know each other? Right….
This was all just form the press conference and, by no means, does it include all the “WTF” moment. I just concentrated on the gaslighting because that’s what I think the real danger is here. He seems to be trying to get his followers to believe in a reality that isn’t anything close to real.
A day later he tweeted that the press is the enemy of the American people. Again, he needs to read the Constitution. The press is the only industry mentioned in it – and it is PROTECTED by said Constitution.
This is how you get a core constituency to believe whatever you say. Cult leaders are notorious for using these tactics. Mentally ill sociopaths used these tactics. I’ve seen them firsthand and I will not stop writing about them.