Earlier this morning, Donald Trump posted a rude, lying and racist tweet about his upcoming meeting with Democratic Party leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. This prompted the Democrats to call off the meeting entirely. Trump never did respond on Twitter, suggesting he was caught off guard. But by the afternoon, Trump delivered his response in the most demented fashion he could think of: he held a press conference with two empty chairs. No, really.
The two empty chairs had name tags for Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Republican leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell sat in chairs outside of the camera view. We’d tell you what Donald Trump said during this berserk press conference, but not one word of it was intelligible. At certain points it appeared, in all seriousness, that Trump may have forgotten those two seats were empty, and seemed to believe Chuck and Nancy were actually there with him. At best it was a failed attempt at recreating Clint Eastwood’s infamously failed “empty chair” faux-interview with President Obama. At worst, we may be watching Trump in the midst of a hallucinatory psychotic break.
This all came after Donald Trump started the day by tweeting this piece of absurd nonsense: “Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!” There wasn’t a single true or accurate word in his tweet.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report