Earlier on Tuesday, we brought you the “best” clip from Donald Trump’s wild meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, but given the sheer magnitude of the insanity that unfolded live on national television, we thought it was worth recapping the whole spectacle.
Before we get to the video highlights, it’s worth noting that following the meeting, Schumer told reporters that if Trump stands firm on his demand for $5 billion in wall funding, there will be no wall at all and he (Trump) will also be the proud owner of a government shutdown.
And when we say “proud” we mean that literally. Just ask Trump, who explicitly stated, on camera, in front of people with working ears, that he would be “proud” to close the government if it means holding out for wall money.
“The Trump shutdown is something that can be avoided,” Pelosi tells reporters, at the same post-meeting presser.
Diving right in, Trump claimed that “tremendous amounts of wall have already been built”. That is a manifestly false claim. The wall is, for all intents and purposes, non-existent and will remain so because, for anyone who somehow still doesn’t understand this after two years, he is never going to get Congress to approve that monument to xenophobia that exists only in his “very large brain”.
Trump went on to tell Pelosi how “terrorists are pouring into the country” without citing any evidence for that claim because there isn’t any – evidence that is.
Schumer proceeded to try and explain to Trump that a shutdown is absolutely unnecessary and predictably, Trump was having none of it. Additionally, Schumer pointed out that it’s a bit contradictory for Trump to claim that he’s made the border safer while simultaneously talking about how dangerous it is.
Below, you can find Trump trying to claim that immigrants are bringing “in many cases contagious” diseases with them into the country. Do note that this is a new escalation. Before, Mexicans were “drug dealers” and “rapists”, now they’re carriers of infectious diseases.
Finally, the point when it all came apart:
You get the idea. This ranks right up there with the “George Washington did some bad things” presser and the “Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner” boondoggle on the list of Trump’s crowing achievements in abject absurdity.
If for some reason that’s not enough egregious “smocking”-hot “covfefe” for you, you can watch the entire spectacle below.