This week, Donald Trump did an NPR interview that did not go so well.
Host Steve Inskeep was poking Trump right out of the gate, going over the recent comments from Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) that had Trump all riled up earlier in the week.
Inskeep was clearly trying to get under Trump’s skin, and he did, at which point Trump called it quits on the interview and hung up about two-thirds through the allotted time.
Inskeep brought up Rounds’ comments, and Trump immediately fired back.
He stated, “Rounds is wrong on that, totally wrong,” said Trump. “If you look at the numbers, if you look at the findings in Arizona, if you look at what’s going on in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, by the way — and take a look at Wisconsin — they’re finding things that nobody thought possible. This was a corrupt election.”
Inskeep would not let up, then referencing the findings of CyberNinjas, the company tasked with auditing the Arizona election in Maricopa County.
Trump came back, stating, “The ballots may correspond, but look at the ballots themselves.
“The number of ballots doesn’t mean anything. It’s who signed the ballots, where did the ballots come from.
“What you really have to do in that report is look at the findings. And the findings are devastating for Arizona.”
He later added, “Well, you take a look at it.
“You take a look at Detroit. In fact, they even had a hard time getting people to sign off on it because it was so out of balance. They called it out of balance.
“So you take a look at it. You know the real truth, Steve, and this election was a rigged election.”
Trump started to grow more agitated as the interview went on, stating, “Let me ask you this question. How come Biden couldn’t attract 20 people for a crowd? How come when he went to speak in different locations, nobody came to watch, but all of a sudden he got 80 million votes? Nobody believes that, Steve. Nobody believes that.”
Trump continued, “They are going to do whatever they want to do — whatever they have to do, they’re going to do.
“But the ones that are smart — the ones that know, you take a look at. Again, you take a look at how Kari Lake is doing, running for governor [in Arizona]. She’s very big on this issue. She’s leading by a lot.
“People have no idea how big this issue is, and they don’t want it to happen again. It shouldn’t be allowed to happen, and they don’t want it to happen again.”
Inskeep tried to interject, but Trump cut him off, ending the interview stating, “And the only way it’s not going to happen again is, you have to solve the problem of the presidential rigged election of 2020.”
Inskeep made one more effort to counter Trump, but Trump was done, stating, “So Steve, thank you very much. I appreciate it,” and then he hung up.
The thing here is that the notion that this election was free of problems is a farce.
In almost every state, all we hear is that the irregularities were not enough to change the outcome of the election.
Even if we concede that point, the bigger issue is that there should be NO irregularities, period.
How can we not run an election free and clear of election fraud of any type in this day and age?
This interview is exactly why I think Trump needs to give up on pushing the 2020 outcome and look forward by just pushing election integrity laws.
If not, he is going to continue to get interviews like this that are just not a good look.
These reporters will do everything they can to knock him off his mark and he simply cannot afford to lose his cool because the measuring bar has been set much higher for Trump than anyone else.
What do you guys think? Was this a bad look for Trump? Do you think he needs to let 2020 go and start a more forward-looking approach?
Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Source: New York Post