Former President Donald Trump gave an interview with right-wing propaganda outlet One America News on Tuesday morning but even by his standards it was a mess.
Correspondent/propagandist Dan Ball humbled himself before the disgraced, twice-impeached 75-year-old ex-steak salesman, recalling how he had always wanted to work for a major news network and was elated at the opportunity to work for OAN. Eesh.
Ball also apologized to Trump on behalf of mainstream media organizations – whom he accused of having a “liberal bias” – for their “grotesque” treatment of the Trumps and their more symbiotic relationship with President Joe Biden.
“Like nobody’s ever seen, and protect Biden. You know their new thing on Afghanistan is, ‘he’s taken us out.’ No, we could have gone out. We could have gone out with great dignity and saving lives and everything else, nothing to do with it. But they trying to protect him with that,” Trump – whose surrender to the Taliban in 2020 laid the framework for the withdrawal – whined.
To say that the rest of Trump’s rant was deranged would be an understatement.
“When he fell up the stairs, he actually was falling up the stairs three times, it was not on any program,” Trump said, referring to Biden. “If that was me, it would have been the biggest story for months, career-ending. It was never on the media. It was never on mainstream media, his trip. It’s okay, you can trip. Gerald Ford tripped. By the way, he never lived it down. I would go very carefully down the stairs, I don’t want to trip. You don’t live it down with these people. With him they never even put it on. Why do they protect them, and with Biden, there’s nothing – the people get it, ultimately the people get it.”
Trump once ascended the stairs into Air Force One with toilet paper stuck to his shoe. On more than one occasion, he struggled to drink a glass of water without both hands. Neither incident ended his career.
Trump then turned to his lies about the 2020 election, claiming that because he had bigger rallies (during a pandemic), it was impossible for Biden to have received 81 million votes.
“I got 75 million votes. I had the media totally against my, outside of yourself and a few others, you know, I had the media against me as much as anyone has ever seen. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it. I had the vicious Democrats, communists, socialists, call them whatever the hell they are or they’ll impeach you if you sneeze, and just vicious what they do, and I had big tech against me, and I was told you can’t win – I got 70 – you can’t win if you have big tech. I got 75 million votes, more than any sitting president has ever gotten. He didn’t 81 million votes. There’s no way he got 81.”
Trump was impeached for the first time in 2019 for attempting to extort Ukraine to invent dirt on Biden and then again in 2021 for inciting the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol.
“I’d come into Arizona and draw 45,000 people at a rally,” Trump continued. “He’d come into Arizona and he had eight circles and couldn’t fill them. He had to ask the press – he didn’t ask the press because he couldn’t do that, he wouldn’t know how — but the press would be asked to fill the circles, please, because they had no people, and then I was upset in Arizona and Fox called it early when I was leading big. What did Fox know to do that?”
Fox News was the first network to call Arizona for Biden and they got it right. Trump’s anger at them would eventually lead to “the big lie” that culminated in the events of January 6th.
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