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    Do you want to completely destroy brain cells?

    Watch this,

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    I'm about ten minutes in and it's all old news so far. The most striking thing is that he let them have a strikingly unflattering camera angle. Whichever WH staff negotiated that detail is fired.

    edit: The most striking thing SHOULD be the dilated pupils, but that's also classified as old news at this point.
    Last edited by Figment; 08-04-2020 at 11:28 AM.
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    Tillerson understated the problem by a factor of about five. The fact that this blithering incompetent is actually President of the United States is beyond incredible. If you don't have the stomach to watch it, some highlights (or lowlights): Here's the source, with links to video of the sections referenced.

    The 9 Wildest Answers in Trump’s Interview With Jonathan SwanBy Jonathan Chait

    President Trump’s campaign spent the past several weeks trying to center the presidential campaign on cogency. His message has combined spreading baseless claims that Joe Biden is trying to get out of debating him and offering his time to right-leaning but tough interviewers. The latter part of the strategy has backfired spectacularly. Two weeks ago, he rambled through a jaw-dropping interview with Chris Wallace. Last night, he gave a shorter but equally disastrous performance with Jonathan Swan.

    The interview contained so many crazy and disqualifying moments that they crowded each other out, and none of them is likely to register in the public memory. (In this way, it was a synecdoche for the entire Trump era.) But in an attempt to impose some order on the surreal events, here is a ranking of the wildest moments, measuring every moment by a combination of novelty and political damage, using my proprietary, secret formula.

    9. John Lewis will be remembered for skipping Trump’s inauguration
    Asked how history would remember the late civil-rights icon, Trump replied, “I don’t know. I really don’t know. I don’t know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration. He didn’t come to my State of the Union speech.”

    Prompted by Swan to give a nod to Lewis’s history in civil-rights activism, Trump instead returned to skipping the inauguration, which he emphasized this was “a big mistake.”

    8. Having many different tests is good
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    The coronavirus testing system in the United States has been a disastrous hodgepodge. There is no uniform standard, it is difficult for parts of the system to coordinate or communicate with each other, and even people who do get tests have to wait so long for the response that the signal is useless.

    Trump presented this state of affairs as if it was good. “We’ve come up with so many different kind of tests,” he boasted. “The only thing we have now is some people have to wait longer than we’d like them to.”

    7. The only problem with his Tulsa death rally was too few people attended
    Swan asked Trump why he would hold a huge maskless indoor rally during a pandemic. Trump’s reply, incredibly, was to boast about the size of the crowd and insist it was twice as large as news reports (and photos) indicated:

    We had a 19,000 seat stadium. First of all, we had 12,00 people, not 6,000, which you reported. But, you couldn’t even get in. It was like an armed camp — 120 Black Lives Matter people there, and Tulsa …

    When Swan tried to clarify and ask why he felt it was wise to hold such a rally during a pandemic, Trump explained, “That area was a very good area at the time. It was an area that was pretty much over … Oklahoma was doing very well as a state.” And then he held a large concentrated indoor event with lots of cheering and shouting, after which the virus seemed to have spread. Who could have known?

    6. “The manuals” say you shouldn’t test too much
    Trump has repeatedly said he doesn’t like coronavirus testing because it shows how many cases you have, which makes him look bad. This time he attributed this position to undefined manuals and books.

    Trump: There are those that say, you can test too much. You do know that.
    Swan: Who says that?
    Trump: Oh, just read the manuals. Read the books.
    Swan: Manuals? What manuals?
    Trump: Read the books. Read the books.
    Swan: What books?

    Trump changed the topic rather than explain.

    5. The virus cannot be contained any better than it is now
    On several occasions, Trump replied to questions about the coronavirus response by insisting the U.S. is containing the virus as well as it possibly could. When Swan points out that 1,000 Americans are now dying per day, Trump replies, “They are dying. That’s true. And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it.”
    At another point, he conceded, “They are dying. That’s true. And it is what it is.”

    When Swan asks about the long delay between testing and results — a delay that renders the tests all but useless — Trump again shrugs, saying, “It’s three or four or five days, there’s nothing you can do about that.”

    4. Defending Putin’s bounties on U.S. soldiers
    This was the first clip Axios released from the interview. In it, Trump denied that Russia is paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops, denied that reports of the bounties were in his intelligence briefing (they were), defended Russia for arming the Taliban, and admitted he didn’t even bring the issue up in his last phone call with Vlad.

    On its own, the clip seemed crazy, but in the context of the surrounding interview, it was almost sober.

    3. Ghislaine Maxwell might be innocent?
    Trump has previously expressed his well-wishes for Jeffrey Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell. “Mr. President, Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested on allegations of child-sex trafficking,” he asked.
    “You don’t know that,” replied Trump. Swan noted that we do in fact know that Maxwell has been arrested.
    Trump then explained she was in jail: “Good luck. Let them prove that somebody is guilty.” It is weird for President Lock Her Up to give an obviously guilty sex trafficker the benefit of the doubt.

    2. Nonsense chart exchange
    Trump is attempting to obscure the fact that the U.S. currently has a much worse outbreak than almost any peer country. The method of obfuscation he is trying to use — most likely, that his aides have prepped for him — is to cite the raw numbers of tests performed and the death rate of patients who have coronavirus. This allows him to avoid the fact that the U.S. has far-higher rates of both coronavirus infections and deaths.

    Unfortunately for Trump, he cannot remember his lines, and so he simply hands over the charts that have been given him without coherently explaining what they’re supposed to mean. “Well, right here, the United States is lowest in numerous categories. We’re lower than the world. We’re lower than Europe.”

    Swan looks at the chart and realizes Trump has given him the proportion of patients who die who already have the coronavirus. That number, of course, means very little. The problem is not that the coronavirus kills more people who have it here than who have it elsewhere. The problem is that way more people have it here.

    When Swan points out that he is citing the percentage of people who die as a proportion of the public, not the proportion who die as a share of patients, Trump seems not to understand what he is even saying. “You have to go by — you have to go by — here, look. Here is the United States. You have to go by the cases.”

    He looks like an addled used-car salesman trying to upsell a customer on Tru-Coat, but he can’t remember what it’s called, so he keeps saying “it’s for your car.”

    1. The Civil Rights Act hasn’t worked out very well
    Swan: Lyndon Johnson! He passed the Civil Rights Act.
    Trump: Ask, ask: how has it worked out? If you take a look at what Lyndon Johnson did. How has it worked out?
    Swan: You think the Civil Rights Act was a mistake?

    Trump changed the subject back to his administration and the fact that black unemployment was low. (Before it became very high.) Even the most racist Republicans at least give lip service to supporting the Civil Rights Act. The standard racist demagogic move is to imply that the civil-rights movement turned bad after ending de jure segregation. Claiming it was a mistake to end segregation is not a popular or clever idea.
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    “Oh just read the manuals, read the books, read the books, read the books.”

    And that’s why too much testing is bad.

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    Swan is being lauded for this interview... why? Because he "pushed back" by offering token challenges like "which books?" and "who says that?" before letting the BS slide? This is what qualifies as journalistic heroism today?
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    a total failure in leadership


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...ge%2Fstory-ans

    Axios’s Jonathan Swan conducted a stunning interview with Trump that is gaining praise for getting around this problem. But the full import of how Swan did this, I think, is still eluding attention, and properly accounting for it exposes core truths about this extraordinary moment that we still struggle to find the right language to express.
    Again and again, Swan practically pleaded with Trump to demonstrate a shred of basic humanity about the mounting toll under his presidency, and to display a glimmer of recognition of responsibility for it. Again and again, Trump failed this most basic test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment View Post
    Swan is being lauded for this interview... why? Because he "pushed back" by offering token challenges like "which books?" and "who says that?" before letting the BS slide? This is what qualifies as journalistic heroism today?
    have you been missing the last 4 years of the press normalizing Trumps rambling cat food brain insanity?

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    I have seen only snippets, and cannot subject myself to the whole interview, but can any right thinking person see the president here and not conclude that he has a definite cognitive defecit?

    I await the Sarah Cooper highlight reel.
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    Trump and his minions cannot win on factual, well-reasoned arguments.
    They win on confusing, half-baked and somewhat vaguely indignant responses designed to wear down their opponents and leave them exasperated.
    I would bet that most Trump supporters who watch this will walk away thinking he was right and the interviewer wrong.
    By this standard, the interview could be considered a win for Trump over the mainstream media.

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    Swann.is the son of one of the foremost medical aiuthorities on handling the CV outvbreak in Aus.

    I think that only a non American could have carried that interview off, not being overawed by an education lauding 'The President' as somewhat akin to a local god with respect due soley because of the office and not because of the man holding it. Relict royal extra-judicial powers and the authority to make Royal 'Executive Order' pronouncements independent of congress reinforce these attitudes.

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    I just started reading Mary Trump's book. It all fits.
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    ^ Thanks, I think I need to get that book !!

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    Like yesterday. I rarely PURCHASE books. Not sorry I bought that one.

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    ^ Thanks, I think I need to get that book !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment View Post
    Swan is being lauded for this interview... why? Because he "pushed back" by offering token challenges like "which books?" and "who says that?" before letting the BS slide? This is what qualifies as journalistic heroism today?
    Looking at the interview, one wonders if Swan's status as a non-American helped him, because he was not brought up in the midst of the mystique of the US presidency - a mystique that may make it harder for locally-born journos to press questions, perhaps.

    His father is a fantastic medical journo down here in Oz.


    EDIT - Whoops, I see Sku already mentioned the same things.
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