Conservative television host Laura Ingraham interviewed the President on FOX yesterday, or in other words, the President was on his home turf with a home crowd cheering him on, and he, let’s see, what’s an apt way to finish my sports metaphor…missed a three-foot putt.
In an interview that wasn’t much more than a grab bag of repetition, vague phrases, and innuendo with a little anti-vaxxer sentiment thrown in, Ingraham continually tried to keep Trump on his talking points, repeatedly prompting him, and changing the subject when he was about to say something stupid. And by stupid, I mean something like this: Trump compared the police officer who shot Jacob Blake to a golfer about to “miss a three-foot…”
No dummy to the optics, Ingraham interrupted, “You’re not comparing it to golf, because of course, that’s what the media will say,” as she changed the subject to his favorite bogeyman.
Missing the warning, Trump continued and used the word “choke” nine times within one minute to refer to the…putting…done by that police officer. Considering that George Floyd was literally choked to death by a police officer, perhaps he could have come up with a better…sports metaphor…to describe the issues in America?
Here’s another softball she lobbed that resulted in an interception: “Who do you think is pulling Biden’s strings? Is it former Obama officials?” His answer: “People that you haven’t heard of. People that are in the dark shadows. People that are on the streets.”
Even Ingraham was lost: “What does that mean? That sounds like conspiracy theory.”
And that interception culminated in a missed slam dunk that went right through the goalie’s legs as the President of the United States segued to an airplane full of thugs: “We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend and in the plane, it was almost completely loaded with thugs wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms with gear and this and that. They’re on a plane…they came from a certain city, and this person was coming to the Republican National Convention. And there were like seven people on the plane like this person. And then a lot of people were on the plane to do big damage.”
If this is Trump on his best behavior with an interviewer who won’t actually ask him any real questions, is this the best he can do? And if Laura Ingraham of FOX is saying that Trump’s words sound like a conspiracy theory, we have to ask ourselves, is this the best we can do?