For Donald Trump‘s own protection, there should be someone whose job it is just to stop him from calling in to Fox News. Considering they aren’t holding daily press briefings anymore, maybe the Press Secretary could do it?
We’re just saying, it would save the President a lot of embarrassment as he’s always at his worst when speaking off the cuff on live TV. You know, when he’s being himself.
Trump called in to Fox & Friends on Monday and in a lengthy interview bragged about his approval ratings (“here we are with the best numbers we’ve ever had”), took credit for New York governor Andrew Cuomo‘s popularity, and said the coronavirus would peak around Easter (you know, when he previously wanted businesses open) but that the death toll “will be at a very low number” despite his own leading expert telling us the day before we could expect to see at least 200,000 dead in the coming months.
See the 4 most bonkers moments from the interview (below):
One thing Trump said in his typical word vomit was saying of the coronavirus pandemic, “nobody could have predicted something like this.”
The Worldwide Threat Assessment from his own Director of National Intelligence last year — something the President of the United States should be reading — predicted exactly this. It reads:
“We assess that the United States and the world will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources, and increase calls on the UnitedStates for support.”
That was from January 29, 2019. Over a year after that, Trump was calling the reaction to COVID-19 a Democrat “hoax.”
Hell, a week before his inauguration in 2017, Trump’s team was warned about the possibility of exactly this same thing happening during the outbreak of a novel influenza strain called H9N2. Obviously that didn’t explode like COVID-19, but you’d think he would have had the possibility of such a pandemic somewhere in his mind on a list of things to really watch out for. Instead in 2018 he closed the White House’s National Security Council pandemic preparation office.
Notice how when Trump doesn’t know something, he says “nobody knew” that thing??
Attacking Nancy Pelosi
When asked about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s comment about Trump’s early “denial” of the pandemic — you know, with the US not using World Health Organization testing kits in the early days and Trump himself telling the country not to worry because COVID-19 would disappear “like a miracle,” and that the flu was worse anyway — causing the loss of more lives, Trump didn’t even try defending himself.
No, instead he went on the attack, saying:
“Look, she’s a sick puppy in my opinion. She really is. She’s got a lot of problems.”
UGH, who talks like that? Our POTUS, that’s who. He continued:
“Don’t forget, she was playing the impeachment game. Her game where she ended up looking like a fool. She was doing nothing but — all she did for the first long time was impeach, impeach, impeach. This went on for years, if you think about it. That’s all she did. She didn’t do anything.”
Didn’t do anything?? Under Pelosi, the House passed nearly 400 bills during Trump’s tenure. The Republican-controlled Senate didn’t even vote on them.
The Fox & Friends hosts asked about another topic, but Trump wasn’t done.
“The federal government, we may get involved and take over that area and clean it up. It’s such a mess, it’s so bad, and yet she will sit there and complain. All she did was focus on impeachment. She didn’t focus on anything having to do pandemics. She focused on impeachment and she lost! And she looked like a fool!”
“Take over that area”??? WTF does that even mean?? Scary stuff…
Defending China & Russia
When Trump was asked about the Washington Post article about how Russia, Iran, and China had implemented a “disinformation campaign” blaming the United States for the coronavirus.
Trump’s response? After slamming the “fake news” we mean? Just agreeing that was perfectly fine, even saying the US is doing it, too! He said:
“They do it and we do it, and we call them different things.”
Um, what??? Trump is just over here admitting to the US lying about the coronavirus? WTF?!
Re: the sensitive subject of Russia, Trump mentioned he’d be speaking to his pal Putin later in the day, to which co-host Brian Kilmeade surprisingly asked:
“Russia, they earned the right to be sanctioned. They’re poisoning people. You know what they’re doing in Eastern Europe, rattling the cages of their former Soviet Union countries. And we know in the Middle East, creating havoc killing refugees in an indiscriminate fashion, as well as creating havoc in Iraq. But when you talk to Vladimir Putin he’s going to ask you to lift sanctions. What are you going to say when he asks that?”
Trump was clearly offended, almost yelling his answer:
“I’m the one that put the sanctions on, Brian, nobody else! I put the sanctions on! I’ve been tougher on Russia than any president in the history of the country.”
Yeah, all that is not remotely true. But why bother getting into bothersome things like facts when he can use his alternative facts (which btw is what Trump means when he says we all our disinformation campaigns “different things.”
Trump also defending Russia as being “our partner in World War II.” Oof. Something tells us those sanctions are going away.
In maybe the wildest moment of the interview, Trump said the quiet part loud, admitting something critics of the Republican Party have been saying for years: they want to make voting as difficult as possible because the more people vote, the more they lose.
No Republican has been elected President with a majority of the popular vote since 1988. That’s a wild stat to consider. Think the news leans left? The entire country leans left. The GOP has been doing everything they can to decrease voter turnout to cancel that fact.
Well, if the coronavirus lockdown lasts into November we could well see the worst voter turnout in decades. After all, if going out to vote means risking infection from a pandemic, many will choose to stay home and safe.
That’s why some Democrats tried to get a provision into the coronavirus relief bill to allow for all-mail ballots for the 2020 election. When asked about that, Trump didn’t even deny why he wanted to kill it:
“If you look at before and after, the things they had in were crazy. They had things, levels of voting that if you ever agreed to it you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”
For once, we have to say… we believe Donald Trump.
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