Donald Trump’s latest press conference was a garbage fire, to put it kindly.
In the midst of several racist remarks, contradictory statements on “real leaks” being exposed by “fake news”, and a pointless and concerning focus on ratings, Donald Trump criticized the media for a new failure; not calling him personally to get his views for a story.
As someone who has had to report on this ridiculous administration, I feel obligated to give President Trump a quick rundown of why I’m not deep searching for his personal phone number.
- He wouldn’t talk to me if he knew who I was.
Honestly, I’m a liberal, bisexual, atheistic, honest, empathetic human being with real hair. In other words, I’m as bad as a white person can get in Trump’s book. Sure, he might not bother to check my Facebook account if I manage to get him on the phone, but he’d complain about it later and never talk to me again.
- I don’t know what the fuck he’s saying when he talks.
Between the “metaphors” and contradictions and that old-man-with-ADD sentence structure, I have to listen to everything he says four times to figure out what he’s saying – and that’s before I even get a chance to see if it’s true.
- It’s not in my job description.
My job is to get the facts. Mr. Trump is not in the habit of giving reporters facts, so it’s a better use of my time to speak to the people around him, particularly the heroic whistleblowers already coming through for the media during this administration.
- Trump couldn’t handle the press.
There are thousands of reporters in this country and 1,440 minutes in a day. If Donald Trump attempted to give an interview to every reporter who wrote a story about him, he would have no time to be president or go golfing. Actually, this may not be such a bad plan.
- The president’s life is not private.
When I do stories on a private citizen, I need them to open up to me. I need to talk to them and I need them to understand what my job is. The president should know better than to expect that any good reporter will be nice to him.
- I honestly don’t care what he has to say.
President Bannon has much more influence on the administration, and so does Mike Pence. Donald Trump is a wrinkly orange figurehead, and he doesn’t have a single thought of his own.
I hope this makes sense to the President. I tried to write near a fourth-grade level. If the president disagrees with my assessment, he’s free to email me his personal phone number (or tweet it out, more likely) and prove me wrong.