Trump, Blasted for Rollicking News Conference, Tweets on Friday, 'Fake Media Not Happy'

By Susan Jones | February 17, 2017 | 7:41am EST

( - As President Trump predicted on Thursday, the liberal media on Friday pounced all over his Thursday news conference: "It was one of the most chaotic, rambling press conferences I've ever seen," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said on Friday morning.

Scarborough added that Trump's "hard-core" supporters weren't laughing at Trump -- "they were laughing at the media."

Scarborough said his take-away, after speaking with lawmakers on the Capitol Hill, some of them Republicans, is: "We're scared ****less...We're scared to death by what we saw; and more than one said, 'This isn't going to last long, beccause he just doesn't have control of reality.'"

Mike Barnicle, a regular on "Morning Joe," said he was "watching a president of the United States who has lost his grip on reality."

A short time later, Trump tweeted: "Thank you for all of the nice statements on the Press Conference yesterday. Rush Limbaugh said one of greatest ever. Fake media not happy!"

Over on CNN, political analyst Ana Navarro said on Friday morning she thought they'd "need a hook" to get Trump off-stage -- "he was having so much fun."

Navarro accused Trump of trying to get the media off topic. "The day before, we were laser-focused on the issue of Trump-world and the ties with Russia. Today were are here, having to unpack 77 minutes of unravelling, unhinged, unfiltered, unplugged, crazy, funny at times, substantive nuggets at times -- I mean, I  never thought it was possible to get whip lash from watching TV, but yesterday, I got whip lash from watching TV."

William Bennett, who served in both the Reagan and Bush administrations, said of course the liberal media is having a collective fit: "Instead of him (Trump) being a pinata, he was doing whack-a-mole with them," Bennett told "Fox & Friends."

Journalists want presidents to fear them, Bennett said. "He's not afraid of them, and they know that."

Bennett noted that when Trump talked about DACA and the inner cities at his press conference, there was "real compassion." "This guy confuses them and frustrates them," he said.

At his news conference on Thursday, Trump repeatedly criticized the "dishonest media," particularly CNN, and he accurately predicted that Friday's headlines would not be flattering:

"Well, you look at your show that goes on at 10 o'clock in the evening," Trump told CNN reporter Jim Acosta. You just take a look at that show. That is a constant hit. The panel is almost always exclusive anti-Trump. The good news is, he doesn't have good ratings. But the panel is almost exclusive anti-Trump. And the hatred and venom coming from his mouth; the hatred coming from other people on your network."

He continued:

Now, I will say this. I watch it. I see it. I'm amazed by it. And I just think you'd be a lot better off, I honestly do. The public gets it, you know. Look, when I go to rallies, they turn around, they start screaming at CNN. They want to throw their placards at CNN. You know.

I -- I think you would do much better by being different. But you just take a look. Take a look at some of your shows in the morning and the evening. If a guest comes out and says something positive about me, it's -- it's brutal.

Now, they'll take this news conference -- I'm actually having a very good time, OK? But they'll take this news conference -- don't forget, that's the way I won. Remember, I used to give you a news conference every time I made a speech, which was like every day. OK?

No, that's how I won. I won with news conferences and probably speeches. I certainly didn't win by people listening to you people. That's for sure. But I'm having a good time.

Tomorrow, they will say, "Donald Trump rants and raves at the press." I'm not ranting and raving. I'm just telling you. You know, you're dishonest people. But -- but I'm not ranting and raving. I love this. I'm having a good time doing it.

But tomorrow, the headlines are going to be, "Donald Trump rants and raves." I'm not ranting and raving.

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