Trump turns health care event into surreal 32-minute meltdown


The 'very stable genius' melts down again.

Trump turned a purported White House event Thursday on "surprise medical billing" into a seemingly endless rant in which he whined and complained as patients and doctors awkwardly stood behind him.

The 32-minute rant came after Trump and some invited guests from the medical profession spoke about how to combat unexpected medical bills for American families. Trump unenthusiastically read from his script during the event and looked downright bored while others were speaking.

He became more animated after a reporter asked him whether he would allow special counsel Robert Mueller to testify to Congress.

That’s when Trump began to hold court and he wouldn’t stop.

He hit upon many of his favorite talking points and conspiracy theories — many of which he gets directly from Fox News — as he attacked Mueller and ongoing efforts in Congress to engage in oversight of his corrupt administration.

And he didn't stop for more than half an hour.

“There was nobody in the history of our country that was more transparent than me,” Trump lied. Trump repeatedly obfuscated the truth and did not submit to an interview by Mueller. He also tried to obstruct justice in the investigation.

Trump repeatedly attacked former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired for refusing to aid in obstructing the Russia investigation. Trump called him a "liar” and a “leaker” and insisted Mueller was biased in his investigation because he is "in love" with Comey.

"You look at the picture file, you see hundreds of pictures of him and Comey," he said. The two men worked together for years at the Department of Justice.

He also referred to "presidential privilege" to say he didn't have to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.

He whined that agents investigating him “contributed to Hillary Clinton” and were “angry Democrats.” Mueller is a Republican.

Discussing the Senate issuing a subpoena to Donald Trump Jr., Trump was defensive, despite his namesake’s duplicity.

"My son is a good person," Trump said. "My son testified for hours and hours. My son was totally exonerated by Mueller, who, frankly, does not like Donald Trump. Me. This Donald Trump. And frankly, for my son, after being exonerated, to now get a subpoena? Oh, again? He has to speak again?"

Trump also managed to distance himself from his son, insisting he “never knew about the meeting” between Trump campaign officials, including Trump Jr., and Russian operatives.

Trump ranted about a number of other topics as well, all while his invited guests stood behind him, visibly uncomfortable that what was supposed to be a simple event about health care had turned into one of Trump's infamous unhinged rants.

He spent several minutes attacking former Secretary of State John Kerry, claiming it was Kerry's fault that Iran was unwilling to cooperate with Trump.

"He should be prosecuted under the Logan Act,” Trump said.

He defended his decision to start a trade war with China, ignoring the burden it has put on American farmers.

He reiterated his garbled and incorrect claim of how much the United States funds NATO.

“I have to beat him again,” he said of House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, who has been trying to exercise oversight of Trump and his attorney general, William Barr.

Reacting to Red Sox manager Alex Cora’s decision to boycott visiting the White House over Trump’s mismanagement of hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, Trump again bashed the American territory and lied about how much money in aid has been sent there.

The unhinged performance was absolute Trump and the ordinary citizens who were there to discuss health care were hostages forced to witness it firsthand.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.