President Donald Trump's press conference on Feb. 16 had some observers questioning his sanity the next day (video below).
On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski reviewed some of the more bizarre moments from the press conference, which included Trump asking an African American reporter to get him in touch with the Black Congressional Caucus.
"That would have been a really funny hour or so of television if he weren’t president of the United States," Scarborough observed. "It was one of the most chaotic, rambling press conferences anybody has ever seen."
Scarborough noted Trump's low poll numbers, but added that Trump is playing to his 37-38 percent of hardcore supporters.
MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle agreed, and noted: "The first 35 minutes of that press conference was watching a president of the United States who has lost a grip on reality. It was as if he performed yesterday for himself because he needed to perform like that to convince himself that he was president."
Scarborough said Trump lives in an alternate reality and says things that are verifiably false.
Scarborough added: "Everybody I talked to on the [Capitol] Hill, including a lot of Republican senators and congressmen, were scared to death by what they saw, and more than one said, 'This just isn’t going to last long because he just doesn’t have control of reality.'"
In another segment, Brzezinski wondered what decade Trump was living in with his black reference: "What decade is this? Does anybody know? ... That goes in the [time] capsule with 'women’s difficulties,' because I think he’s going to help us with cramps, thank God."
Trump praised himself the same morning on Twitter by citing conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh: "Thank you for all of the nice statements on the Press Conference yesterday. Rush Limbaugh said one of greatest ever. Fake media not happy!" notes Politico.
Limbaugh called Trump's performance "one of the most effective press conferences I have ever seen."
The Hill notes that Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon recently asked for a review of the Constitution's protocol to remove a president. Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota said that a "few" Republicans have voiced concerns about the president's mental health, while Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California wants to introduce a bill that will require a mental health professional to be in the White House.
Congressional Black Caucus Segment