The other part of the world woke up on Friday to another Donald Trump fiasco. Yup. It has been a non-stop horror ride since 8 November when the presidency of the United States was won by the billionaire.
Mr Trump, who took the seat in the White House on 19 January, has already chalked up a litany of screw-ups, lies, half-truths, denials, along with poorly thought-through policies which contravene the Constitution, besides his insult of virtually anyone and everyone who does not agree with him, including the media.
In short, it has been a woeful presidency so far, to say the least.
The dreadful circus (how else can you describe it?) rolled on at a press conference which Mr Trump held on Thursday (US time), which was ostensibly to introduce Alexander Acosta as his Labour Secretary pick.
But there was little about Acosta, as the press conference degenerated into one of Trump talking gibberish – again.
Well, ok, not entirely gibberish but certainly incoherence, and with some rather apocalyptic view of the country and the world, before his messianic arrival, of course.
“To be honest, I inherited a mess,” he told the media. “It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess.”
But since his ascension to the White House, he said “a new Rasmussen poll just came out just a very short while ago, and it has our approval rating at 55 percent and going up.”
“The stock market has hit record numbers, as you know. And there has been a tremendous surge of optimism in the business world..”
As for his circus of an administration which couldn’t even implement a travel ban properly – something which he had been promising since at least 2016 during his election campaign – Trump had this to say about it: “This administration is running like a fine- tuned machine.”
Maybe it is – besides the resignations, in-fighting, and all-round incompetence of his administration.
At one point during the press conference, a reporter called him out for providing false information.
Trump had claimed that he had 306 Electoral College votes, the “biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan”.
Well, that isn’t true, and the reporter was not going to let him off on it. He pointed out that President Obama had 365 and President George H Bush had 426 votes.
And then the reporter laid his punchline:
“Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive as being fake, when you are providing information that is [fake]?”
Being caught lying, Trump’s only choice was to – yes – blame someone else for providing him that false information.
“Well, I don’t know. I was given that information.”
The man clearly, as one psychologist diagnosed, suffers from malignant narcissism. In layman’s terms, he is just so full of himself his crap (pardon the language) is overflowing.
His press conference was a mess, at times resulting in the president engaging in a shouting match with reporters, or of him baiting them.
There is too much to tear down in his rambling buffoonery, so we will let you decide for yourself.
Here is a summary, courtesy of TIME, of some of the highlights, if you can call them that:
Here’s Mic’s highlights from “the incredibly painful press conference”:
And another by NBC news:
Here is the full press conference, view at your own risk:
The full transcripts can be viewed here: