Donald Trump’s erratic behavior has raised concern about his mental health, even amongst Republicans if Sen. Al Franken (D-MIN) is to be believed. Thursday’s press conference, which saw the president openly berate the White House press corps and suggest an African American reporter was friends with the Congressional Black Caucus, likely did little to assuage their fears.
It was, in a word, a mess. Here are its five most bizarre moments:
1. Fake news, real leaks
During the press conference, Trump was repeatedly asked about contact between his campaign team and the Russian government. When confronted with the cold reality of White House leaks, he directly contradicted himself in two consecutive sentences.
“You know what they said, you saw it and the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake,” Trump said.
2. Change your tone
Trump was later asked to clarify his contradictory statements.
“You said that the leaks are real, but the news is fake. I guess I don’t understand,” one reporter asked. “It seems that there’s a disconnect there. If the information coming from those leaks is real, then how can the stories be fake?
“The reporting is fake,” Trump said.
“I’ll tell you what else I see,” he continued. “I see tone. You know the word ‘tone.’ The tone is such hatred.”
“I’m really not a bad person, by the way,” Trump insisted. “No, but the tone is such—I do get good ratings, you…