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Trump Press Conference Descends into Praise for Himself and Viciously Lashing Out at Reporter
Trump didn’t appear well in today’s press conference, perhaps it is the stress – I will be kind. It wasn’t about his physical appearance (in fact the old boy looked about the same as always), but his monotone answers, and need to read the most obvious points, including whether or not the Senate was close to passing a bill, seemed to indicate his lack of interest in the details that didn’t involve him.
First up, the question on everyone’s mind? He had no answer at all.
— Steph On The Left 🌊 (@floradoragirl) March 25, 2020
He continued to say that this was unprecedented, no one had ever had to do what he is doing. But even in this time of “the nation coming together” (according to Trump), he couldn’t resist taking a shot at Obama. He said that our nation’s medical stockpiles are being replenished after being depleted, and then went on to say that our military had been depleted, and Trump talked about needing missiles and rockets, but we are now back to where we should be and so is our stockpile as is our medical stockpile.
As for the issue as to whether this is unprecedented?
#TrumpPressConf The day after Japan had just annihilated our Pacific fleet & aircraft, killing 2,403, w/ 1,143 wounded. Our army was the 19 largest on earth.We were emerging from the Great Depression, & unemployment was still almost 10%.The actual speech:https://t.co/4kqfYAfqbe pic.twitter.com/KUNeA4nBCw
— Funny Shit (@FunnySh42234350) March 25, 2020
Trump’s new thing is to bang on how well we’re doing with tests, meaning we have them and that we’re doing more each day.
We have NOT tested more than any other country. How the people in that room don't burst in flames demanding he own up to the truth is beyond me.#TrumpPressConf
— Kristen Ayyyy (@HiiiItsKristen) March 25, 2020
Trump keeps misleading, saying we have tested more than every other country. Per NPR we have tested only 15% of what South Korea has per capita. This is called lying with statistics. But alas if his lips are moving he's lying.#LiarInChief #TrumpPressConf https://t.co/BCXx5riFAt
— Ric Alesch (@ralesch) March 25, 2020
He felt the need to continue to reference that many companies were having the best year that they had ever had before they got hit by the “hidden virus,” which wasn’t hidden so much as moving in the clouds without our radar on. It was another ode to himself and a shot at Obama, the person who rescued the country.
Trump then commended himself into the future, stating that from now on people will know how to respond to a disaster like this because of how well they’ve done managing this.
#TrumpPressConf Anyone noticed that these skits only speak in generalties. "All the", "soon", "wouldn't believe" "the labs all around the country", etc Sounds like every Board mtg of Trump bankrupt companies. Its a new language . . . Brumpishit. #TrumpLiesEverytimeHeSpeaks
— Janice OCG (@JaniceOCG) March 25, 2020
Trump came back to answer questions and whined that every country is out to get us by stating that they’re all aligned against us in trade – picking out one of our friends again – the European Union, taking advantage of us. Doing his duty per Putin, Trump said it was our allies that are the ones most taking advantage of us. He ended up talking about our military and NATO – somehow – and those other countries had not been paying enough, except now they are.
From there, his mood turned angry upon being challenged about whether this was an appropriate time to be blaming the media about coverage. Trump angrily went after the [woman] reporter (always) asking the question, and stated that there are people in the media who write fake news, pointing at one woman and saying “you do,” and then point to another as “she does,” again referring to it as fake news. Both times he pointed at women.
— #Resist Debrianna📢 (@DMansini) March 25, 2020
This was his new @PeterAlexander and @Yamiche 👇🏾. He started off on a rather tame, jumbled and run-on note. Then he flipped in an instant, as he does not have it in him to be kind, gentle or empathetic. #TrumpPressConf was more self praise & conflation. #PrayForAmerica #COVID19US https://t.co/yfpCJJM7Wx
— 🇺🇸 #IAmADEMOCRATICSOCIALIST 🇺🇸 #MyTaxDollars 🇺🇸 (@DestiGrace1) March 25, 2020
Oddly, there was a lot of background noise:
— SendHerToTheGrammys (@ToTheGrammys) March 25, 2020
Trump seemed to lose interest after blowing up at the reporters and quickly dodged out of the room. In other words, in what would be a stop the presses briefing in any other administration, was just a ho-hum briefing now.
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