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Donald Trump’s erratic behavior has raised concerns about his mental health, even among Republicans, if Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is to be believed. Thursday’s press conference, which saw the president openly berate the White House press corps and suggest an African American reporter was friends with the Congressional Black Caucus, likely did little to assuage their fears.

It was, in a word, a mess. Here are the five most bizarre moments.

1. Fake news, real leaks.

During the press conference, Trump was repeatedly asked about contact between his campaign team and the Russian government. When confronted with the cold reality of White House leaks, he directly contradicted himself in two consecutive sentences.

“You know what they said, you saw it and the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake,” Trump said.

2. Change your tone.

Trump was later asked to clarify his contradictory statements.

“You said that the leaks are real, but the news is fake. I guess I don’t understand,” one reporter asked. “It seems that there’s a disconnect there. If the information coming from those leaks is real, then how can the stories be fake?”

“The reporting is fake,” Trump said. “I’ll tell you what else I see,” he continued. “I see tone. You know the word ‘tone.’ The tone is such hatred.”

“I’m really not a bad person, by the way,” Trump insisted. “No, but the tone is such—I do get good ratings, you have to admit that—the tone is such hatred.”

3. Fox News gets a friendly shout-out.

After watching all the network shows, Trump concluded, “Fox & Friends in the morning, they’re very honorable people. They’re very—not because they’re good, because they hit me also when I do something wrong. But they have the most honest morning show. That’s all I can say. It’s the most honest.”

Perhaps having the word “friend” in the title doesn’t hurt either.

“I want to find a friendly reporter,” Trump said, scanning the crowd moments later. “Are you a friendly reporter?” he asked. “Watch how friendly he is. Wait. Wait. Watch how friendly he is.”

4. Debate déjà vu.

I have nothing to do with Russia,” Trump hammered. “I told you, I have no deals there, I have no anything. Now, when WikiLeaks, which I had nothing to do with, comes out and happens to give, they’re not giving classified information. They’re giving stuff—what was said at an office about Hillary cheating on the debates.”

Trump remains convinced that this, like the terror attacks, was largely unreported. “Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates,” Trump said.

Yet the story was reported by The New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, New York Post and Fox News, among others.

“Can you imagine—seriously—can you imagine if I received the questions?” Trump asked. “It would be the electric chair.”

5. You’re hired, for a job you didn’t ask for.

“When you say the inner cities, are you going—are you going to include the CBC, Mr. President, in your conversations?” veteran White House correspondent April Ryan asked Trump.

The president was baffled.

“Am I going to include who?” Trump asked.

“Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus…?” Ryan repeated.

“Well, I would,” Trump told her. “I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?”

“I’m just a reporter,” she told him.

Watch:

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

IMAGE: U.S. President Donald Trump takes a question during a news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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18 Responses to 5 Unreal Moments From Trump’s Bizarre Press Conference

    • You’re playing yourself, but you’re just too stupid, like Trump, to realize it.
      This daily exercise you engage in—putting up a vacuous visual with clever caption to go with every story written—is amusing and showcases your
      madness happening even though you’re concealed behind the cloak of internet anonymity.

      You are adept at hiding from us, but you can’t hide from yourself nor your Creator. Your life so far has proven to be a complete waste, of missed opportunities to better yourself, and this foolish and childish urge to show support for a particular political point of view. As Trump would say “How Sad”,

      Don’t forget to serenade us with more foolishness. I have a feeling you won’t let us down.

    • I gather although you’re a right winger you don’t think much of John McCain and many other GOP leaders who are starting to realize that Trump is a real danger to not only America but also world.

      John McCain gave a speech today which totally dismantles Donald Trump and points out clearly the danger he is. Better think hard about what John had to say.

      Take a look at these excerpts from a WaPo article:

      In his speech McCain suggested the Western world is uniquely imperiled this year — even more so than when Barack Obama was president — and proceeded to question whether it will even survive.

      “In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and
      alarmism; not this year,” McCain said. “If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now.”

      In case there was any doubt that this was about Trump. Here’s what followed:

      “[The founders of the Munich conference] would be alarmed by an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood and race and
      sectarianism.”

      “They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see towards immigrants and refugees and minority groups — especially Muslims.”

      “They would be alarmed by the growing inability — and even unwillingness — to separate truth from lies.”

      “They would be alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent.”

      That’s Trump, Trump, Trump and Trump.
      ———————

      I know there is profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership. I can only speak for myself, but I do not believe that that is the message you will hear from all of the American leaders who cared enough to travel here to Munich this weekend. That’s not the message you heard today from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. That is not the message you will hear from Vice President Mike Pence. That’s not the message you will hear from Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. And that is certainly not the message you will hear tomorrow from our bipartisan congressional delegation.

      McCain then concluded with another direct shot at Trump.

      “I refuse to accept that our values are morally equivalent to those of our
      adversaries,” he said. “I am a proud, unapologetic believer in the
      West, and I believe we must always, always stand up for it. For if we do
      not, who will?

    • Apparently, not too many Americans like Trump’s playing of the violin:

      Poll: 36% approve of Trump’s job performance

      (CNN)President Donald Trump enters office facing low job approval ratings and skepticism from voters, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

      The survey found that 36% of American voters approve of Trump’s handling of
      his job after his first week, while 44% say they disapprove. By comparison, former President Barack Obama received a 59%-25% approval rating in the first Quinnipiac poll taken after his inauguration in 2009.

      http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/27/politics/trump-approval-rating-quinnipiac-poll/index.html

  1. Trump is a veritable font of contradictions. By now, even Congress has to finally be awake and realize what fools they’ve made of themselves. All for the singular purpose to gain power and control, and thus have the assurance therefrom to continue drawing handsome salaries just by maintaining a divisive posture in order to continue an age-old theme of divide-and-conquer, pitting one segment of American society against another.

    Trump has played himself like a fiddle, and in the process has played the likes of “Godzilla” and others like him like a fiddle as well.

    • Well put, but I still question if Trump sees the contradictions or is so out of touch that he believes what he says, all the time.

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      • What bothers me the most is not whether or not Trump is aware of the contradictions in his statements, but the fact that millions of Americans don’t see anything wrong with those contradictions, and continue to support him as enthusiastically as ever.

  2. I watched a recording of that press conference. I have no idea what that was. After it was over, my only thoughts were…what just happened? The only possible, conceivable, way that this press conference would have suddenly made sense would have been if Trump had looked into the camera at the end and said — “Live, from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

    • His rally in Melbourne, Florida, was an identical sequel to that press conferences, and his supporters loved every bit of it. That’s what is worrisome and disconcerting.

      • You must be joking, Dom. I didn’t see the rally. Omg. I may try to find it on-line. I thought the post election rallies were nutty enough. I had never heard of anything like that before. This is really getting crazy though. Post inaugural rallies? It’s all he lives for. I don’t even think he really wants the job unless he can have adoration all day long without one word of criticism. There are plenty of dictators like that but among the major democracies, this is truly bizarre.

        Funny, I keep reading comments from Republicans along the lines of: Trump is just playing those stupid liberals, you know. Just playing them. The violin analogy is often used. Actually, I think it’s more like America has become a banjo and Trump is the kid from Deliverance.

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