The "fine-tuned machine" that is the Trump administration achieved another tremendous milestone yesterday when Donald Trump held his first solo press conference as president. It was such a complete and total and utter and incredible and amazing and huge success, Rush Limbaugh said it was one of the greatest ever! The late night comedians were also across the board impressed with the level of sophistication and nuance Trump brought to the single most batshit crazy press conference in presidential history.
Watch below as Seth Meyers identifies all of Trump's different tactics for avoiding answering questions on Russia, lists all the historical instances in which presidents had to say they weren't "ranting and raving" at the media ("Who could forget Lincoln's tirade at Gettysburg, or FDR's fireside meltdowns, or Ronald Reagan famously saying, 'Mr. Gorbachev, if you don't tear down this fucking wall, I'm gonna lose my shit!'"), and all the many petty grievances, slights, and false claims Trump pushed.
And don't forget about his blatantly racist interaction with a black reporter: "It's racist to assume all black people know each other," Meyers said. "You don't know all orange people. Hey Donald, can you set up a meeting with Snookie and the Lorax?"
"This was just him, by himself," Stephen Colbert said at the start of his show about the 'stress conference.' "Evidently, he didn't even bring his meds with him, it was just him, alone." Colbert was equally impressed with Trump's ability to deflect all blame from himself: "He started off by defending the rough start his administration has had by immediately attacking America’s true enemy: anybody but him." Watch below as Colbert points out what Trump truly inherited ("You inherited a fortune, we elected a mess") and has a revelation about his erroneous electoral college boasting: "Do you think 306 is larger than 365? Wow, Betsy DeVos works quick."
And over at The Daily Show, Trevor Noah discussed how they had to rip up their plans for last night's show because "Hurricane Trump happened, again." Noah was also mesmerized by Trump's insistence on spouting incorrect facts about his electoral victory, and impressed with the NBC News reporters who called him out on it to his face: "I don’t know who that reporter is, but he just shoved Trump’s face in that like it was a pile of bullshit and he was training a bad dog. ‘Look what you did! Look at it! Bad Trump!'" Noah said.
"You’re the president," he added. "That’s the information you were given? If you can’t trust your president to get the right information on a Googlable fact, then can you really trust him with the harder stuff? Which, by the way, is everything else the president of the United States has to deal with."