Donald Trump held another brief press gaggle on the White House lawn before boarding Marine One and making his way to the airport. It’s becoming standard practice for the Trump administration, replacing the regular press briefings that had been held by every single president before Trump. These work out better for Trump because he gets to bully reporters in person and pretend he didn’t hear questions because of the noise of the helicopter behind him. He shouts a few talking points and then gets the optics of boarding the presidential helicopter. The reality show president, he loves the optics.
After Trump’s racist attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore in general, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, held a press conference in Baltimore to defend the city and its longtime congressman. Of Trump, Sharpton said, "Little did I know that Mr. Trump was, on the eve of this (meeting), going to attack a congressman from this city. And not only him, but the people of this city, in the most bigoted and racist way. He attacks everybody, but he has a particular venom for blacks and people of color. He doesn't refer to any of his other opponents or critics as 'infested.' He doesn't attack their districts. He doesn't say their districts are a place no human would live."
Of course, that has upset Donald Trump, who went after Sharpton this morning and declared himself to be the “least racist person there is anywhere in the world.”
And, of course, he went even further, claiming the phones are ringing off the hook at the White House! “The African American people have been calling the White House. They have never been so happy as what a president has done.” Yep, that’s a thing he just said.