AWOL: Trump has gone 150 days without a presidential press conference

AWOL: Trump has gone 150 days without a presidential press conference
AWOL: Trump has gone 150 days without a presidential press conference

Remember when everyone was foaming at the mouth because Hillary hadn't held a press conference for X days? I remember...

Here are some numbers on past Presidents if people wanted to compare.

Buttercup-in-chief cannot handle valid questions from the press.

Nixon knew Trump would be the one to make history look kindly on him...

Now that's some 4D chess people.

Low energy, no stamina, she must be dying.

lol Reagan and Nixon. Those are the guys he'll be close to when the numbers even out. Quite the crowd to be a part of. A man who was overwhelmed by Alzheimer's and couldn't finish out his term without aid and a crook.

The last time he did one, he got fact-checked to the fucking dome! Shit stung! Bitch is scared now.

Meanwhile, she appears to love hiking in the woods while Trump is the only NATO leader who needs a golf cart to get around.

To be fair, apparently trump has a signed letter from Nixon hanging in the oval. Nixon telling trump he should run for president. Lol.

Coward.

Big alpha man is afraid of the fake news.

Must make his supporters so proud.

Snowflake-in-chief.

Can't leave his safe space.

What I find funny about that sentence is how that shows Trump to be lazy, weak, physically unfit, or some combination of the three. All stuff that his supporters hate and despise in ordinary people.

The best tactics for Russia's and the right-wing's tactics on Democrats and Hillary (false equivalence, whataboutism, pretending to be liberals who would love to vote for a liberal but just not this one Democrat) seem to be:

Calling them out:

https://np.reddit.com/sub/worldnews/comments/5txz03/michael_flynn_resigns_trumps_national_securit... has a link to a gallery of one of their tactics:

I can't stand Trump but Hillary

As a democrat

I'm a Hispanic female

I am a black small business owner

Im of Asian decent

I'm Jewish

I'm gay

I'm a legalized Mexican immigrant

I'm a woman

I'm a biomedical engineer who is a republican

I am a moderate who is voting for Trump

My uncle was a political prisoner under Castro for 10 years

I was called a self loathing Jew

I didn't vote for him but people like you make me happy Trump won

https://np.reddit.com/sub/worldnews/comments/5txz03/michael_flynn_resigns_trumps_national_securit...

Showing them the voting record receipts ("but both sides!"):

House Vote for Net Neutrality

For Against Rep 2 234 Dem 177 6

Senate Vote for Net Neutrality

For Against Rep 0 46 Dem 52 0 Money in Elections and Voting

Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements

For Against Rep 0 39 Dem 59 0

DISCLOSE Act

For Against Rep 0 45 Dem 53 0

Backup Paper Ballots - Voting Record

For Against Rep 20 170 Dem 228 0

Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act

For Against Rep 8 38 Dem 51 3

Sets reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by electoral candidates to influence ... (Reverse Citizens United)

For Against Rep 0 42 Dem 54 0 The Economy/Jobs

Limits Interest Rates for Certain Federal Student Loans

For Against Rep 0 46 Dem 46 6

Student Loan Affordability Act

For Against Rep 0 51 Dem 45 1

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment

For Against Rep 1 41 Dem 54 0

End the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

For Against Rep 39 1 Dem 1 54

Kill Credit Default Swap Regulations

For Against Rep 38 2 Dem 18 36

Revokes tax credits for businesses that move jobs overseas

For Against Rep 10 32 Dem 53 1

Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit

For Against Rep 233 1 Dem 6 175

Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit

For Against Rep 42 1 Dem 2 51

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

For Against Rep 3 173 Dem 247 4

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

For Against Rep 4 36 Dem 57 0

Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Bureau Act

For Against Rep 4 39 Dem 55 2

American Jobs Act of 2011 - $50 billion for infrastructure projects

For Against Rep 0 48 Dem 50 2

Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension

For Against Rep 1 44 Dem 54 1

Reduces Funding for Food Stamps

For Against Rep 33 13 Dem 0 52

Minimum Wage Fairness Act

For Against Rep 1 41 Dem 53 1

Paycheck Fairness Act

For Against Rep 0 40 Dem 58 1 "War on Terror"

Time Between Troop Deployments

For Against Rep 6 43 Dem 50 1

Habeas Corpus for Detainees of the United States

For Against Rep 5 42 Dem 50 0

Habeas Review Amendment

For Against Rep 3 50 Dem 45 1

Prohibits Detention of U.S. Citizens Without Trial

For Against Rep 5 42 Dem 39 12

Authorizes Further Detention After Trial During Wartime

For Against Rep 38 2 Dem 9 49

Prohibits Prosecution of Enemy Combatants in Civilian Courts

For Against Rep 46 2 Dem 1 49

Repeal Indefinite Military Detention

For Against Rep 15 214 Dem 176 16

Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment

For Against Rep 1 52 Dem 45 1

Patriot Act Reauthorization

For Against Rep 196 31 Dem 54 122

FISA Act Reauthorization of 2008

For Against Rep 188 1 Dem 105 128

FISA Reauthorization of 2012

For Against Rep 227 7 Dem 74 111

House Vote to Close the Guantanamo Prison

For Against Rep 2 228 Dem 172 21

Senate Vote to Close the Guantanamo Prison

For Against Rep 3 32 Dem 52 3

Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo

For Against Rep 44 0 Dem 9 41

Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention

For Against Rep 1 52 Dem 45 1 Civil Rights

Same Sex Marriage Resolution 2006

For Against Rep 6 47 Dem 42 2

Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013

For Against Rep 1 41 Dem 54 0

Exempts Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Employment Discrimination Based ...

For Against Rep 41 3 Dem 2 52 Family Planning

Teen Pregnancy Education Amendment

For Against Rep 4 50 Dem 44 1

Family Planning and Teen Pregnancy Prevention

For Against Rep 3 51 Dem 44 1

Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act The 'anti-Hobby Lobby' bill.

For Against Rep 3 42 Dem 53 1 Environment

Stop "the War on Coal" Act of 2012

For Against Rep 214 13 Dem 19 162

EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013

For Against Rep 225 1 Dem 4 190

Prohibit the Social Cost of Carbon in Agency Determinations

For Against Rep 218 2 Dem 4 186 Misc

Prohibit the Use of Funds to Carry Out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

For Against Rep 45 0 Dem 0 52

Prohibiting Federal Funding of National Public Radio

For Against Rep 228 7 Dem 0 185

Allow employers to penalize employees that don't submit genetic testing for health insurance (Com...

For Against Rep 22 0 Dem 0 17

For reference, Obama and Bush averaged around 2 per month.

If there's one thing the White House press team is doing right (for themselves that is), it's preventing Trump from doing solo press conferences. The two major ones he's done were both incredibly damaging and embarrassing. They obviously all deserve criticism for lack of transparency, but to put Trump in front of cameras without prepared remarks would be shooting themselves in the collective foot.

It baffles me that we liberals are somehow both gigantic pussies cowering and weeping about Trump and cruel, relentless bullies pushing Trump around.

He's the toughest negotiator and most badass president we've ever had, but God forbid he stands in front of a room full of reporters asking unscripted questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvtNyOzGogc

Show more receipts on American Republican hypocrisy:

Democrats:

37% support Trump's Syria strikes

38% supported Obama doing it

Republicans:

86% supported Trump doing it

22% supported Obama doing

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/gop-voters-love-same-attack-on-syria-they-hated-unde..., https://twitter.com/kfile/status/851794827419275264

In 2011, 30 percent of white evangelicals said that "an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life."

Now, 72 percent say so — a far bigger swing than other religious groups the poll studied.

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/23/498890836/poll-white-evangelicals-have-warmed-to-politicians-who-co...

Soon after Charla McComic’s son lost his job, his health-insurance premium dropped from $567 per month to just $88, a “blessing from God” that she believes was made possible by President Trump.

The price change was actually thanks to a subsidy made possible by former president Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/who-to-trust-when-it-comes-to-health-care-reform-trump-su...

It altered their assessments of the economy’s actual performance.

When GOP voters in Wisconsin were asked last October whether the economy had gotten better or worse “over the past year,” they said “worse’’ — by a margin of 28 points.

But when they were asked the very same question last month, they said “better” — by a margin of 54 points.

That’s a net swing of 82 percentage points between late October 2016 and mid-March 2017.

http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/blogs/wisconsin-voter/2017/04/15/donald-trumps-election-flips-... with a chart of Republican voters radically flipflopping on the historic facts of whether the economy during the PREVIOUS 12 months was good or bad

Ask how many of them have done anything close to some of her accomplishments in helping people even before she became First Lady:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton#Yale_Law_School_and_postgraduate_studies

working as a research assistant on the seminal work, Beyond the Best Interests of the Child (1973).[47][48] She also took on cases of child abuse at Yale–New Haven Hospital[47] and volunteered at New Haven Legal Services to provide free legal advice for the poor.[46] In the summer of 1970 she was awarded a grant to work at Marian Wright Edelman's Washington Research Project, where she was assigned to Senator Walter Mondale's Subcommittee on Migratory Labor. There she researched various migrant workers' issues including education, health and housing.[49] Edelman later became a significant mentor.[50] Rodham was recruited by political advisor Anne Wexler to work on the 1970 campaign of Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Joseph Duffey, with Rodham later crediting Wexler with providing her first job in politics.[51]

During the summer, she interned at the Oakland, California, law firm of Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein.[52] The firm was well known for its support of constitutional rights, civil liberties and radical causes (two of its four partners were current or former Communist Party members);[52] Rodham worked on child custody and other cases.[a] Clinton canceled his original summer plans in order to live with her in California;[56] the couple continued living together in New Haven when they returned to law school.[53] The following summer, Rodham and Clinton campaigned in Texas for unsuccessful 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern.[57] She received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale in 1973,[37] having stayed on an extra year to be with Clinton.[58] He first proposed marriage to her following graduation but she declined, uncertain if she wanted to tie her future to his.[58]

Rodham began a year of postgraduate study on children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center.[59] In late 1973 her first scholarly article, "Children Under the Law", was published in the Harvard Educational Review.[60] Discussing the new children's rights movement, it stated that "child citizens" were "powerless individuals"[61] and argued that children should not be considered equally incompetent from birth to attaining legal age, but instead that courts should presume competence except when there is evidence otherwise, on a case-by-case basis.[62] The article became frequently cited in the field.[63]

During her postgraduate study, Rodham served as staff attorney for Edelman's newly founded Children's Defense Fund in Cambridge, Massachusetts,[64] and as a consultant to the Carnegie Council on Children.[65] In 1974 she was a member of the impeachment inquiry staff in Washington, D.C., advising the House Committee on the Judiciary during the Watergate scandal.[66] Under the guidance of Chief Counsel John Doar and senior member Bernard W. Nussbaum,[47] Rodham helped research procedures of impeachment and the historical grounds and standards for impeachment.[66] The committee's work culminated in the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August 1974.[66]

Show them some of the billionaires taking advantage of them:

Billionaire Robert Mercer: http://www.npr.org/2017/05/26/530181660/robert-mercer-is-a-force-to-be-reckoned-with-in-finance-a...

Mercer and his daughter have also been enthusiastic backers of the conservative website Breitbart News, where they formed ties with key figures in the Trump White House such as Bannon and Kellyanne Conway. They own part of the data mining company Cambridge Analytica, which played a role in Trump's victory last year. That has given both Mercers a strong foothold in the Trump White House, and last year Politico called Rebekah Mercer "The Most Powerful Woman in GOP Politics." Mercer's influence hasn't been confined to the United States: He was a key supporter of Leave.eu, which spearheaded last summer's successful Brexit campaign.

Among other things, Mercer said the United States went in the wrong direction after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and also insisted the only remaining racists in the United States were African-Americans, according to Magerman. Among the theories that Robinson has propounded and that Bob Mercer has accepted is that climate change is not happening. It's not for real, and if it is happening, it's going to be good for the planet. That's one of his theories, and the other theory that I found particularly worrisome was they believe that nuclear war is really not such a big deal. And they've actually argued that outside of the immediate blast zone in Japan during World War II - outside of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - that the radiation was actually good for the Japanese. So they see a kind of a silver lining in nuclear war and nuclear accidents. Bob Mercer has certainly embraced the view that radiation could be good for human health - low level radiation.

John Oliver summarizing another, Sinclair Broadcast Group:

Fox News' billionaire owner is Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who has a media empire there biased to Australia's wealthy/conservative political party, and an even larger empire in the UK, including Sky TV (UK's largest) and all of his News Corp tabloids, which did the same Fox News slimy tactics (partial list) with Brexit: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jun/24/mail-sun-uk-brexit-newspapers

Another billionaire, but with Reddit:

Palmer Luckey: The Facebook Near-Billionaire Secretly Funding Trump’s Meme Machine

“We conquered Reddit and drive narrative on social media, conquered the [mainstream media], now it’s time to get our most delicious memes in front of Americans whether they like it or not,” a representative for the group wrote in an introductory post on Reddit.

A Silicon Valley titan is putting money behind an unofficial Donald Trump group dedicated to “shitposting” and circulating internet memes maligning Hillary Clinton.

Palmer Luckey—founder of Oculus—is funding a Trump group that circulates dirty memes about Hillary Clinton.

“I’ve got plenty of money,” Luckey added. “Money is not my issue. I thought it sounded like a real jolly good time.”

“I came into touch with them over Facebook,” Luckey said of the band of trolls behind the operation. “It went along the lines of ‘hey, I have a bunch of money. I would love to see more of this stuff.’”

His staff won't let him talk to the press because he's too incompetent to answer basic questions. The moron doesn't even understand the health bill. He'd also start blurting out confessions. The media would have hundreds of questions on Trump's crimes, like how Muller is investigating Kushner coordinating Trump's digital operations with Russian active measures.

I'll just leave this here

Found out how to get to the actual survey!

Edit

I had one up a few days ago that was good too. The email and the survey

Edit again...

This is quickly becoming the most upvoted thing I've ever put on reddit. Thank you for that. I will continue to put these surveys up as I get them. I hope it helps in some way.

It's a common propaganda tactic. Your enemy is both unstoppable and impotent at the same time.

The man who eventually convinced Donald to run for office (Roger Stone) has Richard Nixon's face tattooed on his back and probably the world's largest collection of Nixon memorabilia.

"Good, fuck those whiney liberals and their fake news always wanting to bring Trump down and always stonewalling his efforts, he doesn't need to talk to them!" -My cousins boyfriend. These morons are blinded by their MY TEAM WON attitude.

Actually, can we talk seriously about Trump's health? He's missed two major events due to "exhaustion", had a fake doctors note tell us he's in "tremendous shape" (spot the author) and has to keep taking an inordinate number of golf trips which I'm beginning to wonder if they're not pit stops for medical r&r. He's 70 years old, has a triple chin, fairly overweight, doesn't sleep well, loves fast food and diet coke, and has exhaustion issues.

Wasn't Hitler short, dark-eyed, and dark haired; all the stuff his supporters hated and despised?

I honestly wouldn't put it past Rodger Stone. He would totally back an idiot to make his hero Nixon look better

Don't forget Iran Contra and the creation/biggest expansion (Nixon with the former of course) of the war on black people. Errr, drugs. The war on "drugs".

Fox News' co-founder worked on the (infamously racist) Republican "Southern Strategy" to get the South vote for Nixon, and they were pretty open about their racist tactics

You start out in 1954 by saying, "N----r, n----r, n----r." By 1968 you can't say "n----r" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "n----r, n----r."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_strategy

On Iran Contra:

Ailes repackaged Richard Nixon for television in 1968, papered over Ronald Reagan’s budding Alzheimer’s in 1984, shamelessly stoked racial fears to elect George H.W. Bush in 1988, and waged a secret campaign on behalf of Big Tobacco to derail health care reform in 1993. "He was the premier guy in the business," says former Reagan campaign manager Ed Rollins. "He was our Michelangelo."

Over the next decade, drawing on the tactics he honed working for Nixon, he helped elect two more conservative presidents, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. At the time, Reagan was beginning to exhibit what his son Ron now describes as early signs of Alzheimer’s, and his age and acuity were becoming a central issue in the campaign.

Worse still, Bush had baggage: He was neck-deep in the Iran-Contra scandal that had secretly sent arms to Tehran and used the profits to fund an illegal war in Nicaragua. Ailes saw an opportunity to address both shortcomings in a single, familiar strategy – attack the media.

In 1974, his notoriety from the Nixon campaign won him a job at Television News Incorporated, a new right-wing TV network that had launched under a deliberately misleading motto that Ailes would one day adopt as his own: "fair and balanced." The project of archconservative brewing magnate Joseph Coors, the news service was designed to inject a far-right slant into local news broadcasts by providing news clips that stations could use without credit – and for a fraction of the true costs of production. Once the affiliates got hooked on the discounted clips, its president explained, TVN would "gradually, subtly, slowly" inject "our philosophy in the news.” The network was, in the words of a news director who quit in protest, a "propaganda machine."

But in 1993 – the year after he claimed he had retired from corporate consulting – Ailes inked a secret deal with tobacco giants Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds to go full-force after the Clinton administration on its central policy objective: health care reform.

Hillarycare was to have been funded, in part, by a $1-a-pack tax on cigarettes. To block the proposal, Big Tobacco paid Ailes to produce ads highlighting “real people affected by taxes.”

According to internal memos, Ailes also explored how Philip Morris could create a phony front group called the “Coalition for Fair Funding of Health Care” to deploy the same kind of “independent” ads that produced Willie Horton. In a precursor to the modern Tea Party, Ailes conspired with the tobacco companies to unleash angry phone calls on Congress – cold-calling smokers and patching them through to the switchboards on Capitol Hill – and to gin up the appearance of a grassroots uprising, busing 17,000 tobacco employees to the White House for a mass demonstration. “RJR has trained 200 people to call in to shows,” a March 1993 memo revealed. “A packet has gone to Limbaugh. We need to brief Ailes."

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-roger-ailes-built-the-fox-news-fear-factory-20110525

A memo entitled “A Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News,” buried in the the Nixon library details a plan between Ailes and the White House to bring pro-administration stories to television networks around the country. It reads: “People are lazy. With television you just sit—watch—listen. The thinking is done for you.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/richard-nixon-and-roger-ailes-1970s-plan-to-pu...

It works because "conservatives" are easily swayed by racist media run by wealthy sociopaths:

Democrats:

37% support Trump's Syria strikes

38% supported Obama doing it

Republicans:

86% supported Trump doing it

22% supported Obama doing

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/gop-voters-love-same-attack-on-syria-they-hated-unde..., https://twitter.com/kfile/status/851794827419275264

Tests of knowledge of Fox viewers

A 2010 Stanford University survey found "more exposure to Fox News was associated with more rejection of many mainstream scientists' claims about global warming, [and] with less trust in scientists".[75]

A 2011 Kaiser Family Foundation survey on U.S. misperceptions about health care reform found that Fox News viewers had a poorer understanding of the new laws and were more likely to believe in falsehoods about the Affordable Care Act such as cuts to Medicare benefits and the death panel myth.[76]

In 2011, a study by Fairleigh Dickinson University found that New Jersey Fox News viewers were less well informed than people who did not watch any news at all.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_News_Channel_controversies#Tests_of_knowledge_of_Fox_viewers

In 2009, an NBC survey found “rampant misinformation” about the healthcare reform bill before Congress — derided on the right as “Obamacare.” It also found that Fox News viewers were much more likely to believe this misinformation than average members of the general public.

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2009/08/19/4431138-first-thoughts-obamas-good-bad-news

Daily memos

Photocopied memos instructed the network's on-air anchors and reporters to use positive language when discussing pro-life viewpoints, the Iraq War, and tax cuts, as well as requesting that the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal be put in context with the other violence in the area.[84] Such memos were reproduced for the film Outfoxed, which included Moody quotes such as, "The soldiers [seen on Fox in Iraq] in the foreground should be identified as 'sharpshooters,' not 'snipers,' which carries a negative connotation."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_News_Channel_controversies#Internal_memos_and_e-mail

He was an actor for decades before politics. He was comfortable in front of the cameras.

why doesn't he speak?

Don't forget Iran Contra and the creation/biggest expansion (Nixon with the former of course) of the war on black people. Errr, drugs. The war on "drugs".

Nixon wasn't dumb. Just a crook. A really, really, really, bad crook.

Why does he spend all his time at Trump-branded golf resorts?

Pepperidge Farm remembers

Hey man, don't mock the president. He has a really good brain and he's said a lot of things. /s

"You know what uranium is, right? It’s this thing called nuclear weapons. And other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium. Including some bad things. But nobody talks about that.”

I think that was a big wake up call for him. Up until then he thought he could do the same thing as the campaign, and that his team were fucking it up. So he went to do it himself, and got owned instantly. The magic was gone, he couldn't just bluster his way out of it. Hasn't done one since, always looks for softball questions on the rare occasions he allows any.

I like to think that's the moment he realised it will never get better for him and that he has hated every moment since.

Thanks for that. As far as I'm concerned the only ones worth counting are solo. In joint pressers he can 'hide' behind the other leader, play off them and probably gets easier and less questions. The same can be said for joint conferences any previous president had. Solo are where we can see the true make of the man and the one we've seen wasn't very impressive

Uh, hello libcucks. Have you taken a look at how our economy or stock market is doing? You think a man with this level of success has time to entertain the libcuck fake news reporters? He's letting his results speak for themselves. Yall whine and complain about him "wasting" time at a golf course, yet whine when he chooses to be productive instead of being a punching bag for an hour for the liberal media talking heads. This is why you need safe spaces, you don't even know what you want in life and need daddy welfare to protect you from yourself. I don't believe any of this and I'm actually a Democrat. I just wanted to see what it would feel like to type it out. It's kind of like what I'd imagine huffing gasoline or smoking meth is like the first time.

Holy fuck, I thought you were joking.

Those ladies on the mobility scooters at Walmart must look like queens to them!

Make Attorneys Get Attorneys #MAGA!

He also has those bone spurs in his feet that kept him from going to Vietnam

They are those ladies on the mobility scooters!

I sure was. And I am now, too. People who want the power that comes with this job need to be accountable to the American people. Hiding from the press is unacceptable behavior for a politician, as far as I'm concerned. The problem here is that Trump supporters use facts when it helps them, but are just as happy to live in an alternate reality the rest of the time. Trump could literally appoint him self Secretary of State, set up a private email server, have an intern suck his dick in Benghazi, then tweet about having Seth Rich killed...and his supporters wouldn't give a fuck. Not even a little bit.

Trick question? It's the easiest way to funnel taxpayer money into his companies.

Like Trump and the entire GOP, the supporters can't move from the election phase to the whole "governance" part.

The fact that 1/3 of the population views the future of our democracy as, literally, a spectator sporting event is absolutely terrifying. This nation is beyond fucked.

Rodger Stone

The extra "d" is for dickishness.

The uranium one is true and fucking terrifying when consider this guy controls the world's biggest nuclear arsenal.

He also said this when asked who he was speaking to about foreign affairs:

“I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things,”

Although at this point it is probably just as much his lawyers that want to avoid it

His supporters saw it as a power move. "Look at our president, he is so awesome he gets to ride a gold cart and not have to walk like a peasant".

Trump says he believes that everyone is born with a certain reservoir of energy and that any time you exercise you use some of that exercise up and get closer to death. He first talked about that like 15 years ago, too, so it wasn't just the dementia.

I like the last press conference when he threw a fit and called a reporter fake news when asked a real question, he also said "I thought you were gunna ask a nice question" then the very next reporter asks some BS question and trump rants about how nice of a question it was

It's like that scene from Silicon Valley where Jared is all manic and doing market research. "How would you rate this product? Excellent? Good? Very good? Which? Which one? Which? Which one?"

Well, he wasn't wrong... :)

Honestly though, does it matter? Nothing he says can be trusted, and anything he says about future plans could be changed by the end of the day. Press conferences are only useful for non-crazy presidents. You could ask Obama what he's going to do about Syria and hold his feet to the fire, and he would answer knowing he'd be accountable for his words. Trump would just give you garbled nonsense, his staff would tell you what he meant later, and then he'd contradict them on twitter the next morning. It's a pointless exercise since his words mean literally nothing.

I think General Patton would have referred to that condition as "cowardice".

Was this the thing when he started to talk about the uranium?

I've saw that domain before... 

http://i.imgur.com/l9iWrNH.png 

https://np.reddit.com/r/assholedesign/comments/617vqw/actual_email_sent_out_by_trump_headquarters/

I've saw that domain before...

https://np.reddit.com/sub/assholedesign/comments/617vqw/actual_email_sent_out_by_trump_headquarters/

5'8", slightly below average.

Was Hitler short? Now that you bring it up, I can only remember pictures of him in which he's by himself.

damn. he got out president-ed by bush

I also reckon he was a measurably better human being. Sure, I didn't agree with many of his positions and policies, and made the evangelical movement too powerful, but as a person, I find him to be less reprehensible than the current 13 year old Russian raging Xbox live man child.

And his lawyers' lawyers.

Its like the most transparent con job in history and no one seems to care

Good posts, and the strategy in 2018 should be based on this: Look at what we Democrats are doing to make your lives better, and look at what the Republicans are doing to make things worse. Just straight up comparisons with facts and vote counts. It's far more effective than just "we're not the party of Trump," although of course that should be part of the mix, but not the dominant message. And keep the focus on domestic economic issues that are relevant to the average voter.

It does matter. He is the fucking president we should hold his feet to the fire more. I want him out there every week until he gets sick and tired of it and finally throws up his hands and says "fuck it I hate this job" and how much he misses his golden toilet and elevator rides up and down his tower.

Holy cow Oliver Willis, you finally do some original reporting and screw it up so completely:

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/341854-watch-live-trump-press-conference-with-macron

He just had a press conference 3 days ago. Slapping the word "Presidential" in front of the word "press conference" as if it is some actual term of art is laughable, and pathetic. He's had press conferences. They aren't good, and he tries like hell to preload the questions, but he does hold them.

Shareblue is some serious junk, and for those who always say "hey, they aren't like Brietbart because they don't tell lies," well, there goes that defense. Shareblue is the only website where I have to "defend" our terrible Administration because they just don't give a rat's ass about anything but driving page clicks through emotion.

Embarrassing as hell Shareblue. Do better.

Edit: trump's average is currently higher than Obama's was: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/newsconferences.php

Let's stick to the stories that matter. Not emotion-bait crap.

Meh, I would have done anything to avoid fighting in Vietnam. However, I wouldn't turn around and be all gung-ho about fighting or being in the military.

Obama's Razor- The notion that somebody can at once be cleverly manipulating matters on a grand scale while at the same time being a complete nincompoop

It's more than that, Roger Stone was a part of the water gate scandal. And he is proud of it. He wanted Trump to be his Nixon. Which is hilarious if he gets impeached.

And asks the black reporter if she knows The Black Caucus. Egad.

Wow that is the dumbest excuse to not exercise I've ever heard. Fuck all the scientific evidence that exercise makes you live longer in general, and being obese does the opposite.

AND HOW MANY DAYS HAS IT BEEN NOW??!

All this fake media talking about Trump not holding a press conference, but Hillary hasn't held one either!!

/s

Doesn't the media know by now? Trump has a 140 word limit when it comes to his public statements! Press briefings make it hard for him to respond, just leave him alone, leave Trump alone!

/s

It's this a real quote? I can't tell anymore.

Reagan had a ton of solo prime-time press conferences. What's up with that?

Except presidential candidates do not usually hold press conferences in any meaningful numbers. Obama was, in fact, criticized for holding as many as he did--which was more than his 3 predecessors combined. GHWB had one, GWB had one, and (Bill) Clinton had 3.

So you were really just a sucker who bought into a talking point and got mad about something that was never actually a thing.

Hillary Clinton, for the record, had four of them last year: Queens, Compton, Ashland, and the NABJ-NAHJ conference.

has to keep taking an inordinate number of golf trips which I'm beginning to wonder if they're not pit stops for medical r&r

I would believe this if there wasn't actual pictures of him golfing every weekend.

Wow. That's amazing.

Fuck this regime.

Kathy Griffin once did a charity event with Donald, and she says he drove her and Liza Minelli around in his tricked-out golf cart even though both were able to walk just fine. She says he deliberately swerved the cart and ran over bumps to make Liza's carsickness worse.

She is apparently not far from Lucille Austero in real life, and Donald Trump made her carsick on purpose. What a dick.

everyone likes me and thinks i'm great, in my safe space! people don't judge me and haters don't hate, in my safe space!

When he and Macron took questions Thursday he sounded like a freshman who didn't do his reading and was bluffing the professor, only to be shown up by the 70 year old auditing the class for fun who not only did the reading but submitted annotations for the professor to use next year.

"about average" is once every two weeks.

150 days is a whole lot more than 2 weeks.

Actually he's only done one solo press conference since the inauguration. I'd say it's fair to qualify this presser based on using Macron as a deflector and also the small detail that this presser wasn't even held within two thousand miles the US border.

Did you finish reading the comment? C'mon now, be better than that

Selling weapons to terrorists is a bipartisan american tradition.

Also generally photographed from below during his speeches.

Oh, and apparently his eyesight wasn't the best, so he had his speeches printed out in larger font.

Has he officially abandoned his job? Looks like abandonment, let's replace him.

https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/760538951581130754?lang=en

Trump versus Trump.

Nah he sold weapons to terrorists too

"Presidential press conference"

I imagine a joint press conference in France is not the same as one where only the US has something to say. Clearly they are talking about a presser at the White House.

TIL Roger Stone lifts

To be fair, it's a dumb comment/not a funny joke. I don't blame him for not finishing it. I just get the sudden urge to shitpost occasionally. Sorry all.

Remember when the right was flipping shit over Hillary not holding a press conference for like 100 days or some shit? Apparently she was hiding from the email investigation.

Now, Trump is embroiled in an even bigger investigation and it just ramped up over emails. Trump hasn't held a press conference in 150 days.

This isn't a problem, however. Apparently the lying liberal media is reason enough for Trumpers to accept they're own hypocrisy.

Glorious.

presidential candidates do not usually hold press conferences

So you were really just a sucker who bought into a talking point and got mad about something that was never actually a thing.

Let's unpack the logic here:

Presidential candidates don't usually do X, so it's silly to be upset if a candidate doesn't do X.

"Presidential candidates do not usually turn down money from banks and cable companies, so it's silly to be mad if a candidate takes money from banks and cable companies."

Obama was, in fact, criticized for holding as many as he did

"Obama was, in fact, criticized for turning down as many lobbyist donations as he did."

See, just because it's a talking point, or "normal" behavior, doesn't really change how I view it. When I said, "Hiding from the press is unacceptable behavior for a politician," I meant it. Politicians who need to hide the truth, avoid unscripted questions from reporters. It's one of the many reasons I liked Obama much, much more than either Hillary or Trump. (Though, it seems like I have to add the following these days: Yes, I voted for her. I'm not insane. I just don't like how her corporate shill-fest of a campaign is viewed with rose colored glasses now that the rest of America finally understands how historically disastrous Trump is as a president.)

Found someone who isn't Ted Nugent

It's almost as ironic as the letter he sent to Deep Throat telling him that justice will always prevail.

looks like you quoted the wrong word! let me help you with that.

the war on "drugs"

Trumps a beta at best.

I understand what you're saying, but it's not so much Trump that scares me, it's what it means that he's in power. Look what the GOP is trying to do while they have control. They're emboldened. So much so that they ignore whatever crimes or suspicious activities he and his administration have done or are doing. His disdain for the fourth estate. His supporters are emboldened. And it sends a message around the world about what our country stands for now.

press conference last Thursday with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron

This is flat out disinformation.

Trump literally held a .