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Trump just gave a dumpster fire press conference — here are the 5 most insane moments

On Thursday, President Trump went berserk on the White House press corps, and made a number of spurious claims. Here are some of the worst moments.

1. Trump asks black journalist to arrange a meeting with Congressional Black Caucus

After Trump remarked about wanting to improve conditions in inner cities, April Ryan, who is the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, asked the president if he would be open to meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss how to best help African Americans. Trump then asked Ryan, who is black, to arrange the meeting, since apparently all black people know each other. Later in the presser, President Trump remarked that he was “the least racist person” the journalists gathered would ever meet.

Following the press conference, the official Twitter account for the Congressional Black Caucus tweeted at Trump, reminding him that he never responded to their earlier requests for a meeting.

2. Trump tells Jewish reporter to “sit down” and be “quiet” after he asks about rise of anti-Semitism

After he was asked on Wednesday about a growing trend of anti-antisemitism in the United states following his election, President Trump gave a non-answer, instead opting to talk about his electoral victory on November 8. At the White House today, an Orthodox Jewish reporter asked Trump, again, how he planned to address the uptick in violence directed at America’s Jewish population. And yet again, Trump gave a non-answer.

When the reporter persisted in having his question answered, Trump told him to sit down, and yelled, “quiet, quiet,” over the reporter’s questioning. He then told the journalists present that he was “the least anti-Semitic person you have ever seen in your entire life.”

3. Trump insisted that “the leaks are absolutely real, the news is fake.”

One of the main sticking points of President Trump’s lengthy assault on the media was the proliferation of so-called “fake news” from outlets that provide coverage critical of his administration. When ABC’s Jon Karl asked Trump — who assailed leakers within the White House who talked to the media without his approval — about the veracity of the leaks coming from his staff, Trump bizarrely acknowledged the information being leaked was real, but that the news coverage based on the leaks was “fake.”

4. Trump got fact-checked in real-time after lying about electoral college margin

President Trump’s propensity for lying didn’t get past NBC News’ Peter Alexander, who corrected the Commander-in-Chief on his claim that his electoral college margin of victory on November 8 was larger than any president’s margin since Reagan, mentioning that Barack Obama had larger margins of victory in both 2008 and 2012. When Trump argued that he was referring to Republican presidents, Alexander brought up the fact that George H.W. Bush’s electoral college margin was also larger than his. Trump’s only answer left was “I was given that information.”

5. Trump claims WikiLeaks doesn’t leak classified information

At one point in the press conference, CNN’s Jim Acosta (whom Trump refused to grant a question in his lone press conference as President-elect after calling his employer “fake news”) pointed out President Trump’s inconsistencies in pledging to hunt down White House leakers while praising WikiLeaks on the campaign trail for publishing the contents of email accounts associated with the Clinton campaign.

Trump argued that his position was sound, insisting that WikiLeaks didn’t leak classified information. Twitter proceeded to roast Trump, reminding America that Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning served time in jail for leaking classified information that WikiLeaks then published to the world.

Watch the full press conference below:


Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Send him an email at [email protected]

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