Newswire: So, uh, anyone else just watch Trump’s batshit press conference?
In a performance that was as much theater as it was politics, Donald Trump went hard against his old (false) enemies the media in a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Though the conference was ostensibly being held to announce Trump’s new, non-Andy Puzder pick for Labor Secretary, things went off the rails quickly—and justifiably—when Trump opened the floor to reporter questions. Spurred on by questions that should be fairly easy for any president or politician to answer, Trump went off on tangents about how “drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars” and quickly contradicted himself in statements about his media consumption, saying, for instance:
“I watch CNN. So much anger and hatred. Just the hatred. I don’t watch it anymore.”
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 16, 2017
Trump also somehow equated his ratings and his self-worth, saying “I’m really not a bad person, by the way …