Ubiquitous, conservative mouthpiece Dan Bongino became even more omnipresent on Monday, if that’s even possible at this point, when he debuted “The Dan Bongino Show” as the replacement for the late right-wing talker Rush Limbaugh, who died in February of lung cancer at the age of 70. The program is broadcast 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET in select markets, including KABC Los Angeles, WLS Chicago, WBAP Dallas, KSFO San Francisco, and WMAL Washington, D.C.
Guest number one for the former New York City police officer and Secret Service agent was United States president number 45, Donald Trump. Other than his name, the twice-impeached, one-term president brought absolutely nothing new to the broadcast – even though Bongino tried mightily by serving up this batting practice hanging curveball.
“You know when I was in law enforcement, Mr. President, we investigated crimes in search for the people, we didn’t investigate people and go hunt for the crimes,” Bongino said. “Any comment on what this disaster up in New York pretending to be attorney general is up to now?”
“Well, it’s a continuation of the biggest, greatest witch hunt in the history of our country, and they didn’t get me in Washington,” Trump said. “They tried Mueller, they Russia, Russia, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine impeachment one, impeachment two and they sent the papers back down to New York, ‘hey, do the best you can.’ It’s honestly, it’s a disgrace, and they hurt so many people and it’s very costly and they hurt people so badly, and it’s pure politics.”
The Manhattan district attorney’s investigation is anything but a “witch hunt.” Last week the office announced that its inquiry into Trump, the Trump Organization and Trump’s adult children had entered the criminal phase.
Bongino and Trump both then alluded to unnamed polls that they claim indicate that “we beat [vice president] Kamala [Harris] by a lot. They’re very good polls.” Two points: 1) Trump deliberately mispronounced the vice president’s first name; 2) Trump ran against – and lost to – President Joe Biden in the 2020 election, not Harris.
Before bringing the interview to a conclusion due to what he dubbed Trump’s “stacked schedule,” Bongino tried to get Trump to make some news on his inaugural show. “I know you’ve asked about it a thousand times. Forgive me, but I have to ask: where are we with 2024? We need you, man,” Bongino implored.
The response was classic Trump evasiveness. “Well, I’ll tell you we’re going to make you very happy and we’re going to do what’s right. “We’ve done a great job for our country. We’ve rebuilt the military. We built the greatest economy ever, twice. We’ll let you know when the time is right but we’re looking at it very seriously.”
You can listen to the interview here.