President Trump once again said he might remain in office beyond a second term while ranting against the free press and declaring himself “the chosen one.”
The president on Wednesday spent time answering questions from reporters on topics ranging from background checks to trade with China before going on a wild tangent to criticize members of the “fake news” media.
“This guy is the most biased reporter, NBC,” the president began, taking aim at NBC White House reporter Peter Alexander. “I used to like them, but they are the most biased. Peter, you should be able to ask a question, same question, in a better way. You are so obviously biased, and that’s why the public has no confidence in the media.”
Trump then turned his rage from NBC to the New York Times.
“I think the New York Times now has totally lost credibility,” the president added. “They’ve given up on the Russian collusion delusion. And now what they’re doing, they’re trying the racist deal. And that’s not gonna work because I am the least racist person ever to serve in office. OK? I am the least racist person. But the New York Times, they’re trying everything they can. It is a totally dishonest newspaper. It’s a paper that really has lost tremendous credibility.”
Trump then resurfaced his suggestion that he may remain in office beyond a second term.
“And let me tell you. In six years — or maybe 10 or maybe 14, right? — in six years, when I’m not here, the New York Times goes out of business very quickly,” he says, deadpan.
Trump concluded, “You know who else goes out? NBC News. NBC News has less credibility, in my opinion, with guys like you than CNN. I think CNN has more credibility than NBC News. Did you hear what I said? I said you have more credibility than this guy. And that’s not saying much. You know why? ‘Cause I don’t think you have very much credibility. But I will tell you this, NBC, I think, has less credibility than CNN. That’s not saying much, but that’s the way I feel.”
Talking about serving more than two terms suddenly isn't a joking matter for Trump anymore.
"In six years — or maybe 10 or maybe 14, right? — in six years, when I'm not here, the New York Times goes out of business very quickly," he says, deadpan. pic.twitter.com/VN6zZUr5S0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 21, 2019
Trump also declared himself “the chosen one” just hours after he shared a quote attributed to a right-wing radio host who said Jews in Israel view Trump as “the second coming of God.”
“I am the chosen one,” Trump said, looking up at the sky while addressing reporters Wednesday on the White House lawn.
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) August 22, 2019