Trump Has Meltdown At Press Conference While #TrumpMeltdown Trends

Trump continued his erratic reaction to the House impeachment inquiry in a chaotic press conference that further displayed his unfitness for office.
President Trump holds a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö – October 2, 2019 (PBS)

President Trump holds a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö – October 2, 2019 (PBS)

#TrumpMeltdown was trending at number 3 on Twitter in the United States before the press conference even began. By the end of it, it had reached number one, and for good reason.

President Trump has had a rocky few weeks. A whistleblower complaint and the White House’s release of a memo detailing Trump’s illegal effort to extort Ukrainian President Zelensky into interfering in the 2020 election triggered a formal impeachment inquiry last week. As each day passes, we learn new details about the White House’s effort to coverup this corrupt act, as well as his other calls with foreign leaders.

President Trump’s Republican supporters have floundered with dishonest defenses of the call as support for the impeachment inquiry has topped 50%. The apparent strategy is to create conspiracy theories about the whistleblower complaint and hope their voters don’t read the damning memo the White House released. Trump, who believes himself to be his best messenger, has taken to Twitter in a flurry of unhinged tweets, ranging from false accusations of treason to defamatory, dangerous rhetoric about the whistleblower.

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Wednesday’s press conference began in routine fashion, with both Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and President Trump giving statements. There was, however, an interesting moment:

President Trump then began taking questions. First, a question about impeachment from Fox News’ John Roberts. In response, President Trump proceeded to launch into a rant attacking House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for paraphrasing Trump’s call with the Ukrainian President, stating “I think he had some form of a mental breakdown.” Trump then goes on to falsely accuse Schiff of treason:

President Trump went on to continue his absurd defense of his request for President Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden, claiming it was a perfect call:

Then, without any evidence whatsoever, President Trump claimed that Schiff helped write the whistleblower complaint:

That talking point came from a New York Times story that reported Schiff was given advanced notice about the complaint, but that was actually a standard protocol:

President Trump proceeded to launch into another defense of his call with the Ukrainian President and lied about it being word-for-word. The memo itself says it’s not verbatim.

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President Trump went on to call himself a stable genius (again) and to make false claims against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. It’s important to note that the Trump Administration is seeking cooperation from Ukraine, Italy, the UK, and Australia (that we know of) in their effort to discredit the Mueller probe.

If Mueller’s report was so totally and completely exonerating of President Trump as he has claimed, then why is he seeking help from multiple foreign powers to discredit it?

President Trump then went on to angrily attack Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason.

If President Trump was hoping to convince the American people he wasn’t guilty of the illegal act he has already admitted to (asking Ukraine for the Biden probe), his defensiveness has backfired.

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