President Trump held a truly bizarre, impromptu press conference yesterday that took his insanity to new heights (or lows). I mean, it's hard to describe it without using Alice in Wonderland - Mad Hatter - Down the Rabbit Hole analogies.
Trump held court during a news conference that lasted an hour and fifteen minutes, carving out a stunning moment in modern American political history. He displayed a sense of anger and grievance rarely vented by a President in public -- let alone one who has been in office for just four weeks.
"I have never seen more dishonest media, frankly than the political media," Trump said, later slamming leaks to the press from the intelligence community -- some of which led to the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"The leaks are real. The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake," Trump said.
Transcript of the last few minutes of the Trump press conference:— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 16, 2017
"I would've directed him to do it if he wasn't doing it"- Trump on Flynn talking to Russia about sanctions— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) February 16, 2017
"I don't have to tell you what I'm gonna do in North Korea," Trump says. What is this that we are watching.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 16, 2017
One more note on the mad, mad #TrumpPressConference today: Trump has constructed a reality in which he walked into a world in utter chaos...— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 17, 2017
Every GOP Congressman and Senator watching this is grinding their teeth into dust.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 16, 2017
President Trump on anti-Semitism and racism- "I am the least— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 16, 2017
anti-semitic person that you have ever seen in your entire life." pic.twitter.com/qpUMrqpSdG
I mean. Unhinged. This isn't politics. This isn't red and blue. This is reality and insanity. Both sides of the aisle, please protect us.— josh groban (@joshgroban) February 16, 2017
Guy who spent 5 years claiming there was evidence the 1st black POTUS wasn't born here is now complaining about fake news. #medialiesagain— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 17, 2017
Up until an hour ago, the scariest thing I'd ever watched was Psycho. #TrumpPresser— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 16, 2017
Remember the time when the craziest thing that happened at a Presidential press conference was some guy throwing a shoe #TrumpPresser— Max Sefton (@MaxSefton) February 16, 2017
Trump: "I watch CNN. It's so much anger and hatred and just the hatred. I don't watch it anymore" pic.twitter.com/CM8BXiTVK0— POLITICO (@politico) February 16, 2017
"No, YOU'RE a bag of snakes and bugs with a balloon for a head!" pic.twitter.com/VQ5Pi5Ismb— Joe Dator (@JoeDator) February 17, 2017
This guy is so wired in front of the press. Like he's gonna blow a rod.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) February 16, 2017
Imagine what he's like behind closed doors...
NEW: Trump is unhinged and racist at an acid trip of a news conference. Trumpers: Are They All High Or What? pic.twitter.com/eR2KewbkTm— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 17, 2017
THE LEAKS!!!! pic.twitter.com/AkLbJhY2jw— j.r. (@pourquoinon) February 16, 2017
Shepard Smith on @FoxNews just now: "This president keeps saying untrue things."— melissa block (@NPRmelissablock) February 16, 2017
Trump just asked a black journalist if she was "friends" with the Congressional Black Caucus and wanted to set up a mtg for him w/ the CBC. pic.twitter.com/whnDJLI8MI— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 16, 2017
Trump tells black reporter to set up a meeting for him with Congressional Black Caucus. You know not all black folks know each other right?— Jonathan Riley (@JonRiley7) February 16, 2017
Why doesn't Donald Trump ask Frederick Douglass to broker a meeting with the Black Caucus? He's more and more influential.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 16, 2017