Donald Trump's first press conference as President-elect (and first since July) was on January 11th, and it was a bizarre spectacle. The theater of the absurd was complete with a terrifying verbal accosting of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, an intermission with a lawyer who had to explain things for Trump, and full prop table.
Trump: “These papers are just some of the many documents I’ve signed turning over complete and total control to my sons" pic.twitter.com/CGGrNckpRU— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 11, 2017
The PEOTUS called the press conference to address the conflicts of interest inherent with assuming office while keeping his businesses, and it turns out, he isn't really going to.
Trump's proof that he's ethical is this stack of folders that he's not letting anyone look at pic.twitter.com/ZGxnnWNw7r— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 11, 2017
Having said that the proof was in the folders, people were naturally intrigued to find out what was inside.
And it looks like...nothing at all.
He literally had people go to Staples or unload all the printers in Trump Tower. He thought this would work.
As someone who professionally outfits fictional universes, I can tell you with absolute certainly that these are blank pieces of paper. https://t.co/IVLOIqt7EE— Amy Berg (@bergopolis) January 12, 2017
also literally none of those folders are labeled which seems like a bad system for anything but blank printer paper https://t.co/ToltsyWswc— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) January 12, 2017
The apparent stunt seems strange and misguided to begin with.
Did he think a stack of folders would excite & energize his supporters? He doesn't seem to think much of them. This is so weird. https://t.co/EsAHUelfGD— Payman Benz (@PaymanBenz) January 12, 2017
I thought he was a lying incompetent compromised predatory bigot but that huge pile of file folders has totally changed my mind #MAGA— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) January 11, 2017
"Fake News," he shouted, standing next to stacks of folders that did not even pass as props. https://t.co/no11jgWEq1— David Carroll (@profcarroll) January 12, 2017
Content of folders at Trump's press conference: pic.twitter.com/hawTiBZ0jH— Cole Escola (@ColeEscola) January 12, 2017
Wait u can prove something by piling unopened manila folders?— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) January 12, 2017
*drops folder stack*
Racism & sexism are real.
And there's more! According to Politico, Trump also apparently brought in a fake audience to applaud as he blasted the media!
It's like when your friend is in a sh*tty play they make you go and applaud to make them seem popular and try to get others to do the same.
He also lied about a whole bunch of things, like the unemployment rate, his "lack of" dealings in Russia, and the Carrier deal.
While he will soon sit in the Oval Office, his real seat is on a throne of lies.