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The Trump Presidency: Taped in front of a Live Studio Audience

Photo: Hyosub Shin: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Here are some highlights from Trump's CDC press conference:

First of all, dude showed up in a red campaign hat.

TRUMP: I think, I think, importantly...anybody right now and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. We...they're there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful. Anybody that needs a test gets a test. If there's a doctor that wants to test...if there's somebody coming off a ship...like the big monster ship that's out there right now...which, you know, again that's a big decision...Do I want to bring all those people on...people would like me to do that. I don't like the idea of doing that. But anybody that needs a test can have a test. They're all set. They have them out there. In addition to that, they're making millions more as we speak. But as of right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test can get a test. That's the important thing. And the tests are all perfect. Like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect, right? This was...not as perfect as that, but pretty good.

REPORTER: What should be done about that cruise ship that's out there.

TRUMP: Well, that's a big question. So, I was just on the phone with Vice President... and they're trying to make a decision. I mean, frankly, uh...if it were up to me, I'd be inclined to say leave everybody on the ship for a period of time then use your ship as your base. But a lot of people would rather do it a different was and would rather quarantine people on the land. Now when they do that, our numbers are gonna go up. Ok? Our numbers are gonna go up. The 240 is gonna go up. And I assume, perhaps, it's a very big ship with thousands of people on it...including the sailors and the crew, you're talking about a massive number of people. That is a big ship. Uh, if it were up to me, I would do it that way a lot of people think we should do it the other way...They're Americans or mostly Americans and we have to take care of Americans.

REPORTER: Have you considered not having campaign rallies? Like you have one in Michigan this coming week.

TRUMP: No, I haven't. I'll tell you what, i haven't had any problem uh filling them. I mean, we just had one in North Carolina, South Carolina, all over the place and we have tens of thousands of people standing outside the arenas so.

REPORTER: Is there a risk with that many people all close together?

TRUMP: Doesn't bother me at all and it doesn't bother them at all.

TRUMP: ...And I like this stuff. You know, my uncle was a great person...He was at MIT, he taught at MIT for I think a record number of years. He was a great super genius...Dr. John Trump. I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand...Every one of these doctors said how do you know so much about this? Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for President.


I watched Trump's press conference at the CDC and for the past few days, I've been wanting to sit down and transcribe some of what I believe are the highlights from that s***show of a press conference just so you can see how bizarre this guy comes across. I had to battle between wanting to show you how looney this administration is and my desire not to participate in anything Trump-related. And make no mistake, every time we bring up something Trump-related, we are participating in something: it's the Trump show, taped in front of a live, hostage studio audience. (AUDIENCE: OooooOOOOOOoooo).

It's one thing to watch it, but Americans should take time and actually read the words and absorb how odd and rambling this presser was. In fact, I would encourage everyone to look up other Trump press conferences and read the transcripts from those as well. I know that a lot of the people who voted for him like to excuse any media coverage of him as either fake or purposefully demeaning, but I find it hard to believe that every interview or press conference this guy has is hijacked by anything other than outright stupidity. Some of the red hat contingent report that he's just joking or trolling the press in these instances, but who is the joke really on when fifty years from now, Americans look back at this time period and review footage of his rambling, incoherent soliloquies? Also, who is the joke on when this guy is leading the charge concerning our health and safety? Joke's on us, folks.

Everyone has different skillsets, and perhaps not every leader that we have will be sharp and eloquent. Maybe some presidents are more "doers" than "public speakers." With Trump, however, I haven't seen anything in his speech or his decisions or his public and private dealings that lead me to think anything other than: Americans elected a lemon of a leader.

I don't think this blog attracts Trumpers but if somehow you voted for Trump and you've mysteriously ended up here on this website...Please, go look up Trump's past press conferences and ask yourself: if your doctor or surgeon spoke the way he does, or your financial adviser, or your spouse...would you feel comfortable leaving important matters to that person? Be honest. And please vote accordingly.

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