President Donald Trump on Thursday boasted about the daily cable news shows he watches to ossify his worldview, whose combined airtimes consume nine hours of the president’s day.
Specifically, Trump was speaking about Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney John Durham’s politically-motivated investigation, commissioned by Attorney General William Barr in May of 2019, into Trump’s accusations that former President Barack Obama, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and unspecified members of Congress spied on his presidential campaign.
Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesFirst, Trump suggested that he had no idea what Durham’s report would conclude, and the boasted about knowing what it contained from personally seeing it.
“What the report is going to say I can’t tell you,” Trump said, “but if they say half as much as I already know just from seeing it, you know you have people…”
Those people, Trump then clarified, belong to his chorus of enablers on Fox News.
“I watch some of the shows,” Trump proudly exclaimed. “I watched Liz McDonald. She’s fantastic. I watched Fox Business. I watched Lou Dobbs last night, Sean Hannity last night, Tucker last night, Laura. I watched Fox & Friends in the morning.”
"I watched Liz McDonald. She's fantastic. I watched Fox Business. I watched Lou Dobbs last night, Sean Hannity last night, Tucker last night, Laura. I watched Fox & Friends in the morning." — Trump pic.twitter.com/ORuXQRptJf
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 10, 2020
“You watch these shows – you don’t have to go too far into the details to cover the things that are – it’s really an amazing thing. They got caught in the biggest political scandal in the history of our country. They were spying,” Trump said.
“HE SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN, AND GOT CAUGHT!” Trump tweeted last month.
Politifact has debunked this lie extensively:
Multiple independent investigations, including a bipartisan Senate report, determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Trump.
A Justice Department review found the FBI had sufficient evidence to investigate Russian contacts with four Trump campaign associates.
No investigation found any Obama White House influence over the FBI’s work.
Multiple reports confirm that Obama did not initiate or attempt to influence the FBI’s work.
This is Trump, though, and only the facts he conjures up out of nowhere matter to him.
Twitter hammered the president for wasting a third of everyday gobbling up self-serving propaganda as the coronavirus pandemic death count inches toward 200,000, leaving tens of millions without jobs or an adequate social safety net.
Pretty sure the President of the United States just told us that he spent somewhere around 8 hours of the day yesterday watching TV.
During a pandemic.
With 190,000+ Americans dead and millions out of work.
— Laurie Spivak 🇺🇸 (@LaurieSpivak) September 10, 2020
Crowd in unison: "Hi Asshole!"
— Winston1984 – Antifa Human Resources (@Winston19848) September 10, 2020
“Nazi theory indeed specifically denies that such a thing as 'the truth' exists… If the Leader says… that two & two are five—well, two & two are five. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs…”
— Genarium (@Genarium1) September 10, 2020
And basically that’s where he gets all his information from, from his own mouth.
— Stephen Crook (@BarmiesNiagara) September 10, 2020
Nevermind that Trump has people like Dr. Deborah Birx serving as the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert as a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and some of the world’s best scientific minds ready, willing, and able to assist combating COVID-19.
He’s akin to the old man in the coffee shop who sits in the same seat everyday yelling nonsense at everyone while using his cane to point at them like a rubber capped spear.
— Andrew C Laufer, Esq (@lauferlaw) September 10, 2020
Apparently, “old man yells at cloud” is this season’s theme.
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.