Trump's 'QVC' Press Conference Is Roundly Mocked

Come for the candidate, stay for the Trump Steaks
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2016 2:03 AM CST
Trump's 'QVC' Press Conference Is Roundly Mocked
A secret service agent stands on the stage prior to a scheduled news conference by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. At left is a display of Trump branded wine, water and steaks.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

On the heels of his Mississippi and Michigan wins, Donald Trump on Tuesday held a 45-minute press conference from the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., and that was far from the only Trump brand on display. The candidate was last week dinged by Mitt Romney over ventures like Trump University, Trump Airlines, Trump Vodka, Trump Magazine, and Trump Steaks, reports NBC News. ("A business genius he is not," is how Romney put it.) And so Trump did his best to counter that claim, trotting out his steaks ("if you want to take one we'll charge 50 bucks a steak," he said), his magazine (a copy was lobbed into the crowd, notes TPM), his water, and his wine (from the "largest winery on the East Coast"). As RealClearPolitics national political reporter, Caitlin Huey-Burns—and many others—put it, "This is like Trump QVC."

  • But not all digs were aimed at Trump. "I hope the Trump speech lasts another 4 hours and I hope the Cable networks will carry it all, because there is obviously no news judgment," former NPR political editor Ken Rudin tweeted, as spotted by Politico. Politico points out that CNN, Fox, and MSNBC carried the entirety of Trump's press conference even though Hillary Clinton and John Kasich spoke during the 9pm ET hour.
  • And as far as mocking goes, Trump didn't just take it, he dished it. At one point, NBC News reporter Peter Alexander asked the candidate about how parents should explain his language to their kids. Trump's reply, per Gawker: "Oh, you’re so politically correct. You’re so beautiful. Oh, look at you. Awwww. Aw, he’s so. Oh, I know. You’ve never heard a little bad, a little off, language. I know, you’re so perfect. Aren’t you perfect. Aren’t you just a perfect young man. Give me a break. You know what? It’s stuff like that that people in this country are tired of. It’s stuff like that."
  • So how are those no-longer-available Trump Steaks? Archived, and not too kind, reviews here.
(More Election 2016 stories.)

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