White House forced reporters to defy social distancing at presser because it 'looked better'

Someone should tell Donald Trump that a tighter chair configuration isn’t going to make up for that tumescent beluga whale bladder on the top of his shoulders. (Before you chastise me in the comments — no, I don’t know actually how big a beluga whale’s bladder is. I’m just riffing here. I can only assume it’s larger than the typical human cranium, though — whereas Trump’s head is a vast, ignoble affront to all normal-sized heads.) 

Politico:

White House staff bunched up chairs reserved for journalists at President Donald Trump’s Rose Garden speech Friday, prompting the White House Correspondents’ Association to accuse the administration of endangering the health of reporters.

ABC News reporter Jon Karl, president of the WHCA, wrote in a statement that the White House press office said it had moved the chairs, which had been spaced out, closer together because “it looks better” — a sentiment echoed by Trump during his address.

“The chairs were initially positioned in a way that was consistent with social distancing guidelines but were moved closer together by White House staff shortly before the event started,” Karl wrote. “The health of the press corps should not be put in jeopardy because the White House wants reporters to be a prop for a ‘news conference’ where the president refused to answer any questions.”

So maybe the press corps should quit showing up at Trump’s events until he stops making them wanton, information-free lie-fests. Just a thought.

CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted out before and after pictures of the chair arrangement:

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This reminds be a bit of Catch-22 and Col. Cathcart’s obsession with tight bomb patterns. Of course, that was absurdist satire, whereas this is just absurdist reality.

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