Donald Trump’s decision to sit down with Fox‘s Chris Wallace for the one-on-one interview that aired this past weekend was inexplicable. Wallace has for some time been the only moderate voice at the conservative network and has proven more than willing to criticize the president on his show. Going in, the White House had to expect that the president would face questions outside his softball comfort zone.
Trump, for his part, has largely refused to talk to anchors who aren’t sympathetic to his disastrous presidency, preferring instead to speak with sycophants like Sean Hannity, who can be trusted to paper over his lies and compliment him on his blunders.
Now that the Wallace interview has been released, it’s apparent that Trump should have stuck to his tried-and-tested strategy. It came out over the weekend and by any conceivable metric was an unmitigated disaster for the president. Trump found his misinformation about Joe Biden fact-checked in real-time, had his claim that the cognitive test he took was difficult humorously shredded, and was generally made to look like a buffoon.
Throughout it all he was visibly perspiring, rendering the entire performance all the more pathetic and unsettling. Nobody who was on the fence about Trump’s reelection could have possibly walked away from watching the interview with a stronger desire to vote for him.
His horrendous performance has clearly been weighing on Trump because this morning he took to Twitter to express thanks for the “good reviews and comments” on his Chris Wallace interview, as delusional a tweet as he has penned to date. He claimed that they met have “set a record” for doing their interview in the heat.
“It was 100 degrees, making things very interesting!” he claimed, making an incredibly clumsy stab at trying to excuse his profuse sweating. It’s worth noting that Chris Wallace didn’t appear to be perspiring.
There are really only two possible explanations for Trump’s tweet. Either he knows the interview was a PR catastrophe and wants to give it a positive spin in the vain hope of recovering his dignity, or his inner circle is outright lying to him and feeding him a warped version of how people perceived the clips.
Both explanations are deeply embarrassing and do nothing to change the fact that Trump is doing a wonderful job of scuttling his own reelection prospects. Here’s hoping he does more interviews like this one.
Thank you for the good reviews and comments on my interview with Chris Wallace of @FoxNews. We may have set a record for doing such an interview in the heat. It was 100 degrees, making things very interesting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2020
The tweet unleashed a wave of mockery, including everything from straightforward criticism to hilariously edited versions of the interview.
what planet are you on? you bragged about pointing to an elephant
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) July 21, 2020
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) July 21, 2020
I especially liked the part where you mentioned the cognitive assessment test, and tried to lie about Biden wanting to defund police…it was profound. My mother aced the same test when she had early symptoms of dementia. I aced it after my stroke: MoCA
— Janet McIlwee (@JanetMcIlwee) July 21, 2020
Hey there, Don. You’re correct abt two things – a record number for you. Yes, it is hot, which begs the question as to why you didn’t have the interview indoors. And the interview has dominated the news since it aired. Good job.
P.S. 142,000 ppl are dead.
— Susan Pick Kamala Harris Becraft (@AliceTinker1943) July 21, 2020
Good reviews? The only one getting “Good reviews,” is Chris Wallace for making you look like a fool!
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) July 21, 2020
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) July 21, 2020
Who gave you those reviews!?! 😂🤣😂
— Just Vent (@JustVent6) July 21, 2020
1. Your Chris Wallace interview was an unmitigated disaster
2. Having the interview in the heat was YOUR idea, moron
3. Chris Wallace was bone dry, while you were drenched in sweat
4. YOU ARE A JOKE. pic.twitter.com/g2OoAgwOWG
— BrooklynDad_Defiant Rep John Lewis! (@mmpadellan) July 21, 2020
Lol will Donald ever actually answer any questions instead of saying just look at the “stuff” or “I’m doing fantastic” he doesn’t answer anything actually
— xJWarner (@xJWarner2) July 21, 2020
Trump’s doctor had him take a dementia test. This should terrify everyone. pic.twitter.com/8U1YzpyMvt
— katybear9 (@katybear91) July 21, 2020
I am a professional TV critic, sir. I give your interview an A+. Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/aF184KALoO
— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) July 21, 2020
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