I thought we all agreed to watch Joe Biden’s town hall on ABC? Why were so many people watching Donald Trump’s dumbass NBC town hall? I guess journalists were maybe watching both at the same time. NBC’s decision to give Trump that air time in direct competition with the Biden town hall ended up blowing up in NBC’s face. More than 100 writers, actors and producers with shows on NBC signed a letter asking their boss to move Trump’s town hall to a different time. Mariska Hargitay was NOT having a sexual predator on her network! But in the end, Trump’s thing aired for an hour on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo and I guess people watched it. I don’t know why. Trump just seemed as batsh-t insane as ever. I’m not going to put up a million clips of his bullsh-t, but here’s part of the Daily Beast’s coverage:
Over on NBC, President Trump was busy doing a kinder, gentler impression of his usual self. Still, it included some of the same excesses. Pressed by host Savannah Guthrie on the conspiracy theory QAnon, which puts forth that a mighty cabal of Satanic cannibal-pedophiles are pulling the strings of the Democratic Party, the president couldn’t bring himself to unequivocally disavow. “I know nothing about it,” Trump claimed. “I do know they are very much against pedophilia, they fight it very hard.”
He said he did not recall whether he was tested for COVID-19 just before his Cleveland debate with Biden last month. He claimed he had a great relationship with black communities, despite all evidence to the contrary. He continued to refrain from fully endorsing the wearing of masks during the coronavirus pandemic, a position that many of the top public-health experts working in his administration say is utterly dangerous to the American public.
When asked about his promotion on Twitter of the batsh-t conspiracy theory that Biden had SEAL Team Six murdered, Trump said, “That was a retweet. That was an opinion of somebody, and that was a retweet. I’ll put it out there. People can decide.” That answer baffled Guthrie. “I don’t get that. You’re the president—you’re not, like, someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever!”
The president continued to defend his administration’s pursuit of destroying the Affordable Care Act and ripping away protections for Americans with preexisting conditions, while claiming he is going to protect Americans with preexisting conditions.
Still, to various players and operatives in Trumpworld, the president still managed to dramatically improve his public messaging compared to his widely panned (including among his close advisers) performance in the first Trump-Biden debate. Granted, that was setting the bar through the floor. “He didn’t spend the whole time yelling, he didn’t piss himself… so this was as best as we could have hoped for,” said one Trump campaign adviser. “After the last debate, that is an improvement.”
Yeah, the Trump campaign knows something very dark about American politics: that the majority of American media loves the drama of it and not the policy. The media is stuck on Trump’s insanity and melodrama and optics and hysteria. But yeah, setting the bar at “Trump didn’t collapse and have a mini-stroke during the townhall” is absolutely setting the bar too low. Trump half-way endorsed a terrorist group, he lied constantly, he said masks didn’t help protect people and on and on. I’m so tired of this.
I can’t find a video with “highlights” so I’ll just embed this Rachel Maddow clip.
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