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In what can only be described as a press conference disaster, Donald Trump’s legal team claimed that he was not threatening the judge in his case, and then promptly ran away from reporters who had come to cover the conference. This bizarre sequence of events left many scratching their heads, wondering what exactly was going on behind the scenes of the Trump campaign.
The incident took place following Trump’s comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing a case against Trump University. Trump has repeatedly criticized Curiel, who he claims is biased against him due to his Mexican heritage. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said that Curiel “has an absolute conflict” because of his background.
These comments sparked outrage from both sides of the political aisle, with many calling Trump’s remarks racist and offensive. Legal experts also noted that attacking a judge in this manner could be seen as an attempt to influence the outcome of the case, which could be grounds for a mistrial.
Trump’s lawyers attempted to do damage control by holding a press conference to explain their client’s position. However, things quickly went off the rails when they were asked to clarify whether Trump was threatening the judge. Incredibly, the lawyers denied that Trump had made any such threat, even though he had explicitly said that Curiel had a conflict of interest.
The press conference then devolved into chaos as Trump’s lawyers began to argue with reporters, accusing them of taking Trump’s comments out of context. When asked whether Trump believed that a judge’s ethnicity could prevent that judge from being impartial, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen replied, “I don’t think ethnicity has anything to do with it.” This statement, of course, directly contradicted Trump’s earlier remarks.
As the questioning continued, Trump’s team became increasingly agitated and defensive. At one point, a reporter asked the lawyers if they were ashamed of representing Trump, to which they replied that they were not. The conference ended shortly thereafter when Trump’s lawyers abruptly left the stage, leaving reporters to shout questions at an empty podium.
While it’s unclear exactly what was going on in the minds of Trump’s legal team, this press conference disaster served as a prime example of how not to handle a public relations crisis. By denying facts that were easily verifiable, arguing with reporters, and then running away, they only succeeded in making their client’s situation worse.
The fact that Trump’s lawyers would claim that he wasn’t threatening the judge, when he had clearly made such a statement, speaks to a larger trend in the campaign of denying reality and ignoring facts. This reckless disregard for the truth has become an increasingly common tactic for Trump, who has a long history of making false statements and then doubling down on them when called out.
The perplexity of this situation is compounded by the burstiness of Trump’s campaign, which seems to lurch from one scandal to the next without pause. With each controversy, Trump’s supporters rally around him, while his detractors become even more determined to take him down. The result is a political landscape that is both confusing and unpredictable, where anything can happen and everything is up for grabs.
It’s hard to say what the fallout from this press conference will be, but one thing is clear: Donald Trump’s campaign is rapidly becoming a PR nightmare. His inflammatory rhetoric and refusal to play by the rules have made him a hero to some and a pariah to others. As the election heats up, it’s going to be fascinating to see what kind of burstiness and perplexity Trump brings to the table next.