The angry Cheeto and his administration are reeling this week after leaks in the Intelligence Community and White House led to the resignation of Gen. Mike Flynn. And then less than a day later another damning story from the New York Times revealed Trump and his campaign had been in constant contact with Russian officials which caused further chaos — to the point where Sean Spicer has not been seen in three days. And then Trump took matters into his own hands on Thursday and held a 77-minute press conference, showcasing his insanity and an inability to iterate clear, well-informed thoughts on issues which caused further widespread facepalming.
And then Trump took matters into his own hands on Thursday and held a 77-minute press conference, showcasing his insanity and an inability to iterate clear, well-informed thoughts on issues which caused further widespread facepalming.
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Things aren’t going well, and the press has no choice but to report on it.
Which inspired this recent tweet from POTUS 45 himself:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Sure, dude. No projection there at all.
This quote from yesterday’s press conference should tell you that Trump views the media as his personal enemy. The reporter from CNN asked Trump why he calls news he doesn’t like “fake” rather than criticize the substance of the story.
Here are parts of Trump’s meandering answer to that question (edited because it’s f*cking eight paragraphs of nonsense and emphasis mine):
No, no. I do that. Here’s the thing. OK. I understand what you’re — and you’re right about that, except this. See, I know when I should get good and when I should get bad. And sometimes I’ll say, ‘Wow, that’s going to be a great story.’ And I’ll get killed. I know what’s good and bad. I’d be a pretty good reporter, not as good as you. But I know what’s good. I know what’s bad. And when they change it and make it really bad, something that should be positive — sometimes something that should be very positive, they’ll make OK. They’ll even make it negative.
“…But if you were straight, I would be your biggest booster. I would be your biggest fan in the world, including bad stories about me. But if you go – as an example, you’re CNN, I mean it’s story after story after story is bad. I won. I won. And the other thing, chaos because zero chaos. We are running – this is a fine-tuned machine and Reince happens to be doing a good job but half of his job is putting out lies by the press (ph).
I would be your biggest fan in the world if you treated me right.
Woo. It’s hard to digest all that cellulose, but the main message is, treat me right or else. The press is not the enemy of the American people because they are spreading lies, per say. No, they are an “enemy” in Trump’s scowling eyes because they are relaying negative news about him. He wants them to ignore all the insanity he outputs daily and report how f*cking awesome he is instead.
And Trump seems to actually believe that he gets to decide which news media are “good” and which are “bad.” That’s not how a free and independent press works, but he is legitimately trying to steer the public away from outlets that are asking the tough questions about Russia, the chaos in his administration, and his shoddy Executive Orders, and they are diligently giving the public reliable facts that are often in contrast to what the White House is saying. That’s all bad-no-good-fake-news, but Breitbart is great because they call him “daddy” (I’m not lying).
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It’s not enough that Spicer has stocked his daily press briefings full of right wing bloggers now, who ask questions like “When will Trump get rid of the evil national forests?” It’s not enough that in front of world leaders Trump only calls on “friendly” networks like the Christian Broadcast Company for questions. No, he has to always take it further than necessary and tweet and repeat incessantly that the press are the “enemies.”
Almost like he’s Hitler, but less moustache-y and more orange. But the hostile attitude towards honest press are exactly alike.