Donald Trump almost exclusively gives his interviews to the Fox News network. It’s a comfortable place for him and unless the host is Chris Wallace, he gets simple, easy to answer, softball questions. In some cases, hosts like Laura Ingraham will even work to bring him back to his predetermined talking points.
When the President conducted a town hall on ABC News last night, he had none of these conditions going for him. The questions asked of him weren’t that difficult, but still, Trump had a couple answers go viral for their ineptitude. During her show last night, Rachel Maddow ripped Trump for confusing the practice of herd immunity with the term herd mentality.
The MSNBC host began the segment by saying of Trump, “He was trying to endorse the idea of herd immunity for the United States. Which in the absence of a vaccine, is the idea of basically just letting everybody get infected.”
Maddow played a clip of Trump saying, “And you’ll develop — you’ll develop herd — like a herd mentality, it’s going to be. It’s going to be herd developed and that’s gonna happen. That will all happen.”
The host then said, “Herd mentality? Herd mentality? You mean herd immunity? That’s what you’re pursuing for us as a country and you don’t even know what it is? And you think it might be the same thing as herd mentality?”
Watch a clip of Maddow’s comments below, courtesy of MSNBC:
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