There are press conferences, and there are press conferences.
Forget the boring, stuffy affairs where reporters stiff as White House furniture lob predictable questions at the president or press secretary in the hopes of getting a 'gotcha' comment or two.
President Trump gives the press 'gotcha' comments, all right: full-throated, unabashed and in their faces. His quotes don't make headlines. Trump is the headlines.
So, at the “press conference” Thursday afternoon, or more aptly, the “press assault,” Trump unveiled a barrage of counter-attacks to “resistance” journalists who believe speculation and rumor-mongering are a substitute for hard news.
Behold, The Trumpening.
The fallout? Big league.
Reporters couldn't believe it.
Republicans and Trump fans were loving it.
It's only just beginning, folks.