Trump’s recent interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News has justifiably generated a lot of buzz. Wallace put on a master class on how to question a lying and mentally unstable Donald Trump. It’s unfortunate that nobody in the mainstream media has figured out how to cross examine Trump after all of these years.
Another interesting aspect of the interview is that it was somebody from Fox News who finally exposed Trump. Fox is state media for Trump and the GOP but Fox still retains on its staff a few legitimate journalists. Chris Wallace, Andrew Napolitano and Juan Williams will occasionally call out Trump. The reason why Fox allows this is because it wants to be able to (falsely) claim that it is a bona fide news organization while still acting as a propaganda network for the Republican party.
Trump’s weird answers about the cognitive test he took generated most of the post interview buzz. A big question that this raises is why did Trump’s doctor administer this test to the former TV reality star? It’s evident to any objective observer that Trump’s mental condition has visibly deteriorated over the last five years and that he isn’t a well man.
Perhaps the most revealing answers in the interview were when Wallace asked Trump to describe his accomplishments at the end of the interview. Normally, this is a softball question that allows a politician to answer with their most effective and hackneyed talked points. Usually by this point in a presidency, the chief executive has been asked this question numerous times and can easily respond to the question.
Former George W. Bush adviser Peter Wehner writing for the Atlantic effectively described this portion of the interview:
“At the conclusion of the interview, Wallace asked Trump how he will regard his years as president.
“I think I was very unfairly treated,” Trump responded. “From before I even won, I was under investigation by a bunch of thieves, crooks. It was an illegal investigation.”
When Wallace interrupted, trying to get Trump to focus on the positive achievements of his presidency — “What about the good parts, sir?” — Trump brushed the question aside, responding, “Russia, Russia, Russia.” The president then complained about the Flynn investigation, the “Russia hoax,” the “Mueller scam” and the recusal by his then–attorney general, Jeff Sessions. “Now I feel good because he lost overwhelmingly in the great state of Alabama.”
But the president* still wasn’t done. “Here’s the bottom line,” he said. “I’ve been very unfairly treated, and I don’t say that as paranoid. I’ve been very — everybody says it. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens. But there was tremendous evidence right now as to how unfairly treated I was. President Obama and Biden spied on my campaign. It’s never happened in history. If it were the other way around, the people would be in jail for 50 years right now.”
Just in case his bitterness wasn’t coming through clearly enough, the president* added this: “That would be Comey, that would be Brennan, that would be all of this — the two lovers, Strzok and Page, they would be in jail now for many, many years. They would be in jail; it would’ve started two years ago, and they’d be there for 50 years. The fact is, they illegally spied on my campaign. Let’s see what happens. Despite that, I did more than any president in history in the first three and a half years.”
With that, the interview ended.”
It’s obvious that Trump simply isn’t fit to be president. That’s one of the many reasons why Trump’s presidency has been a disaster for the U.S. — he will go down in history as the worst president in our nation’s history. Because of Trump’s mismanagement of the corona virus pandemic, over 4 million Americans have gotten sick, over 145,000 have died, 30 million Americans have lost their jobs and 5.4 million people have lost their insurance coverage. And there is no end in sight. It will only get worse.
Here in Nebraska, Ben Sasse, Jeff Fortenberry and Don Bacon have supported Trump’s gross incompetence. Fortenberry and Bacon even took a pledge not to criticize the former TV reality star! Apparently, they want four more years of this kind of incompetence and massive failure.
I would urge all Democrat to help Alisha Shelton, Kate Bolz and Kara Eastman. Our candidates will fight for our values — Nebraska values — in Washington. Now let’s get it done!