As I stated previously, I did not watch this last night because I did not want to increase Trump’s audience size and I knew it would just be filled with more of his bullshit.
I did watch some of Biden’s town hall and it was sane, informative, and yeah, a little boring, which really is not a bad thing.
So here are some highlights of Trump’s train wreck courtesy of NYT.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 16, 2020
In perhaps his most incendiary remarks, Mr. Trump repeatedly declined to disavow QAnon, a pro-Trump internet community that has been described by law enforcement as a potential domestic terrorism threat. The president professed to have no knowledge of the group, and as a result could not disavow it, but then demonstrated specific knowledge of one of its core conspiracy theories involving pedophilia that is entirely false.
“I know nothing about it,” Mr. Trump said. “I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard.”
When the NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie pressed Mr. Trump to reject the community’s essential worldview, and described some of its most extreme and bogus elements, the president gave no ground: “I don’t know,” he insisted. “No, I don’t know.”
On whether or not he was tested for the Coronavirus on the day he debated Joe Biden:
.@SavannahGuthrie: “Did you take a test on the day of the debate?”
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 16, 2020
“I probably did, and I took a test the day before and the day before,” Mr. Trump said, adding: “Possibly I did. Possibly I didn’t.”
That is Trump-speak for “No I did not and how dare you ask me about it.”
Trump fort of kinda admitted that he owed money to foreign banks, which of course we already know, but denied that he owed any money to Russian companies or banks:
He denied owing money to Russians and briefly appeared to promise Ms. Guthrie that he would “let you know who I owe” money to, but his verbiage was not entirely clear, and at one point he delivered a kind of miniature filibuster by listing various properties he owns.
Trump had this to say on masks:
The president again criticized state leaders for ordering lockdowns and singled out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, who was recently the target of a kidnapping plot by anti-government militants, for personal attack. And despite briefly expressing support for mask-wearing, Mr. Trump quickly equivocated.
“On the masks, you have two stories,” Mr. Trump said, claiming falsely that most people who wear masks contract the virus.
Arguing that the United States had fared well enough in the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Trump brandished several sheets of paper as he cited figures showing rising case counts in Europe, including at least one document that appeared to show a screen shot of a graphic shown on Fox News.
On a peaceful transfer of power:
Perhaps notably, Mr. Trump said he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election — a promise he declined to make in the first debate — though he quickly added the qualification that he would insist on an “honest election” and raised unsubstantiated theories about voter fraud. When Ms. Guthrie pointed out that the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, had said there was no sign of such widespread voter misconduct, the president shot back, “Then he’s not doing a very good job.”
That whole “honest election” caveat still sounds to me as if Trump will have to be dragged out of the White House by his ankles.
Savannah Guthrie is receiving all kinds of praise for holding Trump’s feet to the fire and finally getting some real answers out of him, but to me, it still sounds like the same runaround we have heard for the last four years.
Personally, I am suffering from Trump fatigue and just want him gone.
After all, have we not suffered enough?