BREAKING NEWS Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court justice in partisan vote Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Local Assistance Center to open for Trinity County residents affected by August Complex Full Story
SEVERE WX : Freeze Warning View Alerts

Donald Trump's me, me, me, me press conference

On the eve of a potentially make or break moment for his Supreme Court nominee, President Donald Trump held ...

Posted: Sep 27, 2018 8:25 AM
Updated: Sep 27, 2018 8:25 AM

On the eve of a potentially make or break moment for his Supreme Court nominee, President Donald Trump held a press conference to talk about his favorite subject: Himself.

Asked about whether he believed the women who had made accusations of sexual assault or inappropriate conduct against Brett Kavanaugh were liars, Trump responded by noting that he also had been the target of allegations like this.

Donald Trump

Political Figures - US

Press conferences

"I've been accused ... by four or five women, who got paid a lot of money to make up stories about me who made a lot of money," Trump said.

(Fact check: More than a dozen women have accused Trump of a variety of charges relating to sexual behavior. He has denied all the charges and threatened to sue those women after the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. He hasn't filed any of those lawsuits.)

(Fact check 2: Trump's one-time personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has testified under oath that Trump directed and coordinated payments to two women -- porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playmate Karen McDougal -- aimed at buying their silence in the lead-up to the 2016 vote. Both women alleged they had extramarital affairs with Trump in the mid 2000s.)

That answer -- comparing his own accusers to those of Kavanaugh -- surely made Senate Republicans who are desperately trying to confirm the judge groan. It was far from the only time that Trump turned a question (OK, any question) at the press conference into a soliloquy about his greatness.

When asked about Kim Jong Un, Trump said that if he had not been elected president, the United States and North Korea would be at war now.

When asked about his planned meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tomorrow, Trump said that Rosenstein had been "very nice" to him.

When asked what sort of message he was sending by raising questions about Kavanaugh's accusers, Trump noted that he had won 52% of the female vote in 2016.

(Fact check 3: He actually won 41% of the women's vote. He won 52% of white women. He received 4% among black women and 25% among Hispanic women. Here's the exit poll to prove it.)

When asked about the impact of his tariffs on farmers, he noted that farmers love him.

When he called on a reporter for The New York Times, he said the reporter -- Mark Landler -- should thank him for the profits the company was making.

Again and again and again, Trump turned the conversation to himself. It was an 81-minute running riff on a) all the things HE has done and b) all the things HE doesn't get credit for.

The Point: The press conference was remarkable. It was unprecedented. It was wild. It was pure Trump.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 906596

Reported Deaths: 17358
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2997606993
Riverside659021279
San Bernardino626191072
Orange585731447
San Diego54583870
Kern33813416
Fresno30752436
Sacramento25372484
Santa Clara24144388
Alameda23312461
San Joaquin21630489
Contra Costa18621241
Stanislaus17629396
Tulare17495286
Ventura14240164
Imperial12700336
San Francisco12103140
Monterey1137291
San Mateo11075159
Santa Barbara9781120
Merced9465155
Sonoma9312136
Kings822883
Solano728674
Marin7074128
Madera498174
San Luis Obispo414132
Placer409357
Yolo319159
Butte307852
Santa Cruz278825
Napa195715
Shasta187830
Sutter183712
San Benito143715
El Dorado13174
Yuba129310
Mendocino112721
Tehama8728
Lassen7661
Lake69615
Glenn6573
Nevada6088
Humboldt5629
Colusa5506
Calaveras34218
Amador32816
Tuolumne2694
Inyo22715
Siskiyou1930
Mono1802
Del Norte1781
Mariposa782
Plumas680
Modoc290
Trinity250
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 63°
Oroville
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 65°
Paradise
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 63°
Chester
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 34°
Red Bluff
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 66°
Willows
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 63°
Fire danger remains high over much of California on this Monday, and that will continue through Tuesday afternoon. Thankfully, most of the strongest wind has passed, and the wind will weaken through midweek.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events