Donald Trump’s 80-minute news conference today seemed like an SNL spoof. Or maybe a Netflix instant play “indie film” from Breitbart Studios with Milo Yiannopoulos as the director?
CNN’s has a running text at the top, and a text transcript.
Trump repeatedly went back into entertaining ad-libs justifying his own persona. He would back into silly issues like Hillary Clinton’s being told debate questions in advance, like cheating on a test. He got called down for claiming the greatest electoral victory since Ronald Reagan, even for a GOP president.
Trump repeatedly blamed the media for our relations with Russia, and joked about shooting at the spy ship off the US East Coast. (What if it had an EMP scud?) He joked about nuclear war once (like the last movement of Vaughn Williams’s Sixth Symphony).
At one point he said “We had a smooth rollout of the travel ban, but we had a bad court.” Did he mean “thmooth”? (Remember, Milo likes only real men.)
When asked about the new EO due next week, he sounded like he would need to make few changes to the existing one. He did admit that some of the DACA adult kids were good people and ought to stay.
Trey Yingst of OANN asked a question about pre-election contacts with the Russians (about the middle of the transcript) and Trump retorted with his usual “fake news” mantra.
While all this was going on, I was on Capitol Hill, in the Library of Congress, watching a screening of “Upstairs Inferno”, reviewed today on my “Media Commentary” blog.
But at lunch afterward at the Tortilla Coast, across 1st St SE from the Capitol South Metro, as people filed in from the news conferences, stunned that a president would turn a news conference into a comedy hour. The so-called immigrant general strike today (“day without immigrants protest”) had no effect on this restaurant.
There is plenty of material surfacing, advocating that the GOP intervene and get Trump to resign (Pence is bad for gay rights), as if that had been the GOP plan all along. And the Left is already talking about impeachment (as with Michael Moore’s Facebook demands).
I have covered the issues of concern to those who would like to help refugees and asylum seekers. The latest information suggests that asylum seekers (who have applied properly) have due process rights while in the country. Future EO’s might well tighten the vetting required and perception of what immigration officers should consider credible threats of persecution in home countries. The Asylumist has an important post from November 2015 on that point. One important question would be, if an asylum seeker loses a case, may he or she remain legally for a while?
(Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:30 PM EST)