Trump walks out of press briefing after ‘nasty’ question on coronavirus testing

President Donald Trump walked away from a press briefing Monday after a reporter asked what he called a “nasty” question and others squabbled about who would speak next, CNBC reported.

Prior to the walkout, CBS News reporter Weija Jiang asked Trump why he was making COVID-19 testing into a “global competition” while Americans are “still losing their lives and we are still seeing more cases every day?”

Trump answered, “Well, they are losing their lives everywhere in the world. Maybe that is a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me. Ask China that question. When you ask China that question you may get a very unusual answer.” See for yourself, courtesy of the Guardian:

Testy exchange ensues

As Trump tried to call on another reporter, Jiang asked him why he was specifically talking about China to her, seeming to make Trump’s response about race rather than about holding China accountable for letting the virus spread. Jiang was born in China but came to the U.S. when she was two years old, according to Yahoo News.

Trump then called on a third reporter, as the second journalist lodged an audible protest. A squabble ensued and Trump walked away from the microphone, ending the press conference.

The media establishment is furious with the president for not groveling at their feet like most Republicans do. In response, outlets put out headlines like this one from The Intercept describing the press conference: “Two Female Reporters Refused to Let Trump Bully Them Into Silence, So He Ran Away.”

In reality, Trump is the one refusing to let the media bully him. He is the president of the United States and has no reason to put up with gotcha questions and media grandstanding when there are far more pressing concerns facing the nation.

It’s bad enough that the press twists every narrative to paint a negative picture of Trump. Perhaps he has finally reached his limit, deciding that it is better to walk away rather than engage in round after round with biased reporters every time he takes the podium.

Dishonest distraction

Journalists have figured out they can avoid reporting on any positive things Trump has to say during a press briefing by causing a scene and then writing about that instead of the actual topic of discussion.

Even when Trump cuts them off and walks away, they can always characterize  it as an unhinged “meltdown” and make that the story when nothing could be further from the truth.

The problem for these outlets, however, is that the American people aren’t as stupid as liberal journalists think they are. Biden’s support — even among Democrats — continues to waver even in the middle of all these media shenanigans, because the electorate is, by and large, savvy enough to discern fact from fiction in the biased presentations.

With any luck, no amount of false and inflammatory reporting will succeed in fooling enough people to put a senile accused rapist in the White House come November.

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