September 17, 2021

Immigration Press: Trump implodes on ‘Fox News Sunday’

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Most of the time, you know when Donald Trumpimmigration Donald John TrumpDHS expands authority of personnel to collect information on people threatening monuments: report GOP signals Trump’s payroll-tax cut in Republican coronavirus bill — for now Trump threatens to double down on Portland in other major cities MORE’s going to appear on Fox News. Because he tells you ahead of time.

Trump’s the only politician today who’s his own publicist, alerting his 55 million Twitter followers whenever he’s going to show up on “Fox & Friends,” or with prime-time hosts Lou Dobbsimmigration Louis (Lou) Carl DobbsWhat you need to know about FBI official Dana Boente’s retirement Two additional Fox Media employees test positive for COVID-19 Second Fox Business employee tests positive for coronavirus MORE, Sean Hannityimmigration Sean Patrick HannityLawsuit accuses ex-Fox host Ed Henry of rape Liberty University files M defamation suit against NY Times: ‘Bigoted bunch of liars’ Watchdog group files Hatch Act complaint against Meadows MORE, Tucker Carlsonimmigration Tucker CarlsonLawsuit accuses ex-Fox host Ed Henry of rape Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform ‘was vicious’ Missouri governor says St. Louis couple ‘had every right’ to wave guns at protesters MORE or Laura Ingrahamimmigration Laura Anne IngrahamDemocratic super PAC to launch ‘Creepy Trump’ TV ad The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook- Schools weigh reopening options Trump’s July 4 weekend comes with COVID-19 backdrop MORE. For him, even though he’s been president for 3 1/2 years, it’s still all about ratings, ratings, ratings.

Trump notifies us when he’s going to be on Fox News most of the time. But not the last time. He didn’t tweet a peep about his appearance with Chris Wallaceimmigration Christopher (Chris) WallaceWhite House, Senate GOP clash over testing funds Overnight Defense: House approves defense policy bill amendments on Insurrection Act, nuclear testing | Defense spending bill set for House vote next week | Afghan peace elusive after Taliban deal passes key deadline Trump tweets photo of himself wearing a mask MORE on “Fox News Sunday,” July 19. Why not? Because it was a total, unmitigated disaster.

For the first time, Trump was not allowed to ramble, change the subject, exaggerate or repeat his oft-repeated lies. He tried, but Wallace challenged him, corrected him, fact-checked him and badgered him into answering the question — leaving Trump flustered, confused, angry, baffled and unable to substantiate any one of his standard big lies.

On the coronavirus, for example, Trump again insisted the United States has done more testing and has a lower mortality rate than any other country — which Wallace showed is demonstrably not true. Trump also showed a stunning lack of knowledge about how bad things are and lack of concern for victims of the disease.

He baffled public health officials by claiming that many cases amount to nothing more than a bad case of the “sniffles,” that will “heal in a day.” He again insisted that the “Chinese virus” would someday “disappear.” “I’ll be right, eventually,” he bragged, as if he were talking about the Astros winning another World Series “eventually” — showing no empathy for those who might die in the meantime. In fact, pressed by Wallace for his reaction to over 140,000 deaths from COVID-19 so far, the best Trump could offer was, “It is what it is.”

On the Black Lives Matter movement, Trump doubled down in opposition. He again claimed, wrongly, that whites were as likely to be victims of police abuse as Blacks. He defended the Confederate flag, insisting it has nothing to do with racism. He vowed to block any attempt by the Pentagon to remove the names of Confederate generals from military bases in the South. “I don’t care what the military says,” Trump told Wallace. He also twice charged that former Vice President Joe Bidenimmigration Joe BidenBiden vows to fight back against foreign interference efforts if elected On The Money: Congress set for showdown on coronavirus relief legislation | Jobless claims raise stakes in battle over COVID-19 aid | S&P 500 erases 2020 losses Biden pledges to overturn Trump’s travel ban initially on majority Muslim countries MORE had publicly called for defunding the police, which Wallace again showed was not true.

On 2020, Trump also revealed how out of touch he is with reality. He dismissed two recent polls showing him losing to Biden by double digits as “fake polls.” He claimed Biden was “not competent to be president,” insisting that “Joe doesn’t even know he’s alive.” And, like the wannabe dictator he is, Trump refused to say whether, were he to lose, he’d abide by the results of the election. “I have to see. Look, I have to see,” Trump told Wallace.

Wallace’s interview with Trump is the most disastrous given by any president, but it makes life easier for Joe Biden. He doesn’t have to campaign. All he has to do is replay that interview over and over.

It’s true that Donald Trump wouldn’t be in the White House today were it not for Fox News. But if you live by Fox, you can also die by Fox. Fox News may have put Trump in the White House, but on Sunday, July 19, it killed his chances for reelection.

Press is host of “The Bill Press Pod.” He is author of “From the Left: A Life in the Crossfire.”

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Bill Press,amp; opinion contributor
The Hill

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