Donald Trump abruptly left a medal ceremony in the White House’s Oval Office on Monday leaving everyone in attendance a little confused in what proved to be a chaotic event.
The ceremony was to honour the achievements of wrestler Dan Gable, who became the 11th sports figure to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom under Trump.
However, for some unknown reason, after just shy of 20 minutes Trump abruptly left the event leaving everyone, especially Gable very confused as to what had just happened. Poor Gable was left standing there in front of the media, with his arms out wide saying "he’s gone."
You couldn’t help but feel bad for him.
Trump had been taking questions from the press, mostly on the election and his attempts to overturn the result. Just prior to him leaving he was asked if he is still pursuing any legal cases, as he now has less than a week before the electors of each state meet to cast their vote for who will be the next president. He was also asked if he will ‘try to make a case to the American people that it wasn’t fixed?’
He replied: “Well, I think the case already been made. If you look at the polls, it was a rigged election. You look at the different states, the election was totally rigged. It’s a disgrace to our country. It’s like a third world country. These ballots pouring in from everywhere using machinery that nobody knows, ownership nobody knows anything about. They have glitches as they call them. Glitches, with glitches, who aren’t glitches. They got caught sending out thousands of votes all against me, by the way. Now, this was like from a third world nation. I think the case has been made and now we find out what we can do about it, but you’ll see a lot of big things happening over the next couple of days.”
Trump, without a shred of irony, defends his efforts to overturn the election by saying "the case has been made if… https://t.co/FaN7Qiwe2A
In fact, this wasn’t the only time that Trump complained about the election during an event that really had nothing to do with politics.
At one point, when he was recounting Gable’s records in the sport of wrestling, Trump quipped that he had won two, hinting that he believes that he won the 2020 election.
The president said:
“As a high school wrestler, Dan went 64 and zero, not losing a single match. I have to say, Jim Jordan told me all about, I knew all about Dan, but he told me things that are pretty amazing, right, Jim? Pretty amazing. Dan then attended Iowa State where he secured two NCAA wrestling championships, National Wrestling Championships, three Big Eight titles and became a three-time All-American. He won 117 consecutive matches and lost only one. Well, in politics I won two, so I’m two and O and that’s pretty good too, but we’ll see how that turns out.”
While presenting the Medal of Freedom to wrestler Dan Gable, Trump brags about Gable's record but then lies and say… https://t.co/adevkLW9Gc
Elsewhere it was Gable’s 13 grandchildren who arguably stole the show as they learned on the Resolute Desk and mostly seemed restless. One child literally lay down on the ground of the office, just feet away from where Trump was standing.
One of Dan Gable's grandchildren lays on the floor as he makes remarks just before receiving the Presidential Medal… https://t.co/ZIqYYq1cvh