Trump leaves Rose Garden listeners punch-drunk even without alcohol

The president was ostensibly promoting a new trade deal but for 90 minutes he came across as a madcap carnival barker

Brett Kavanaughs

It may have been the worlds worst advertisement for teetotalism.

On Monday Donald Trump careered all over the place, displaying no discernible inhibitions, his speech a little slurry at times, blurting out words that most people would regret in the morning as he held his second wild ride with the media in less than a week.

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The US president was ostensibly making an announcement about a new trade deal with the Canada and Mexico, but was also questioned about Judge Brett Kavanaughs youthful drinking habits.

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Trump was quick to remind the gathering in the White House Rose Garden that he has never touched a drop. Im just saying, Im not a drinker, he said, arms outstretched. I can honestly say I never had a beer in my life, OK? Its one of my only good traits.

I dont drink. Whenever theyre looking for something good, I said never had a glass of alcohol. Ive never had alcohol. You know, for whatever reason. Can you imagine if I had, what a mess Id be? Id be the worlds worst.

It was one of Trumps rare flashes of self-knowledge in a carnival barker performance that is becoming more and more familiar with each outing in front of the media.

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‘My White House will do what senators want,’ says Trump of Kavanaugh video

Wearing dark suit, white shirt and red tie, Trump played his usual verbal jazz for 90 minutes, basking in the attention and the beautiful autumn sunshine. But it did mean that the commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, who is 80, was forced to stand on the podium for an hour and a half.

It is not unknown for men who mistreat women to blame their misconduct on alcohol. Trump does not have that excuse, which may have made it all the more chilling, when he immediately belittled a woman reporter.

Cecilia Vega of ABC News asks a question. Trump said of the reporter as he called on her: I know youre not thinking. You never do. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The first question went to Cecilia Vega of ABC News. The president wisecracked: Shes shocked that I picked her. Like, in a state of shock.

Vega replied: Im not, thank you, Mr President.

Trump apparently misheard and retorted: Thats OK, I know youre not thinking. You never do.

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There were some groans and noises of dissent among the press corps. Vega asked: Im sorry?

Trump said only: No, go ahead, go ahead.

Vega asked a question about trade. Trump interrupted: What does that have to do with trade? I dont mind answering the question, but Id like to do the trade questions, too.

It is not that Trump is never rude to journalists who are white or male or both. But he frequently appears to go after women or minorities with a particular relish, even at a time when the entire nation is caught up in a wrenching debate over #MeToo and alleged sexual abuse.

When CNNs Kaitlan Collins tried to push Trump on whether he would consider it disqualifying for supreme court pick Kavanaugh to take up his seat on Americas top bench if he lied to Congress under oath, he again turned nasty: Youve really had enough. Hey! Youve had enough.

Somewhere in a Republican nerve centre, strategists were probably striking out several more seats that hinge on the support of suburban women. The display followed a news conference in New York last week where the president repeatedly interrupted female questioners.

Having witnessed Kavanaughs furious tirade to the Senate judiciary committee and Senator Lindsey Grahams no-holds-barred diatribe, Trump is perhaps anxious to keep his crown as the white mans ranter-in-chief.

Donald Trump delivered a typically uninhibited performance. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

He complained bitterly that what Kavanaugh and his family had endured was not fair. I think its fair to do it to me, he said, as if trying to be generous. I think, for me, its like a part of my job description. To handle this crap.

Later, NBCs Peter Alexander followed up with a question probably never before asked at the White House: what did the president of the United States mean by this crap?

He answered: Oh, I think the press has treated me unbelievably unfairly. In fact, when I won I said, the good thing is now the press finally gets it. Now theyll finally treat me fairly. They got worse! Theyre worse now than ever. Theyre loco, but thats OK I used that word because of the fact we made a deal with Mexico.

As is his wont, Trump also savaged the Democrats over their handling of the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. I watched those senators on the Democrat side, and I thought it was a disgrace, partially because I know them, he said. I know them too well, and you know what? They are not angels.

Referring to one unnamed Democratic senator who was very aggressive, he added darkly: Ive seen that person in very bad situations. OK? I have seen that person in very, very bad situations. Somewhat compromising.

Is that a threat? Asked what he meant, Trump replied: I think Ill save it for a book like everybody else and Ill write it. Im not giving it to you.

Again Trump defended Kavanaugh, claiming his critics were desperate by going all the way back to his high school days. He looked around the Rose Garden. There are bad reports on everybody in here. Most of the people sitting down, there are bad except for Mike Pence, by the way.

The treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, sporting shades, and senior adviser Jared Kushner, smooth-cheeked, and other officials standing behind Trump on the podium grinned broadly. Waving his arms and pointing, the president added: And if we find one on him, I think thats going to be thatll be the greatest shock of all time.

Pence, sitting in the front row, chuckled and gently shook his head, like a man who has got used to his colleague having one too many.

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