Donald Trump decided to hold a press conference this afternoon about the fact that he’s being impeached for having tried to criminally conspire with the president of Ukraine to rig the 2020 U.S. presidential election in his favor. Unfortunately for Trump, the press conference turned out to be a master class on how not to do things.
From the start, it was clear that Donald Trump wasn’t up to the task of using this press conference to save his dying presidency. Trump listlessly listed off a bunch of nations he met with at the United Nations this week, pronouncing some of the names of the countries correctly. Then Trump began rambling incoherently about how everyone from Joe Biden to Senate Democrats supposedly conspired with Ukraine. Trump went so far off the deep end, MSNBC had to cut in at this point to confirm that Trump was making it all up.
Trump appeared to be reading much of his statement from prepared notes that are sitting on his lectern. At times he struggled to even speak, such as saying “disappear” instead of “disappointing.” Trump briefly began talking about impeachment, but then he started rambling about his imaginary border wall. At one point he claimed that he’s built a border wall in California, but as punishment, he’s considering taking the wall out of California and putting it somewhere else.
Donald Trump still hasn’t gotten to the part where he takes questions from reporters, if indeed he ends up taking questions. At this point it’s already a disaster. Someday they’ll be talking about this press conference in the history textbooks, and also in the psychiatric textbooks.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report