By The SATimes News Service
Washington: Fox News host Laura Ingraham described President Trump’s Tuesday ABC News town hall as an “ambush” after he was questioned by undecided voters and repeatedly fact-checked by moderator George Stephanopoulos.
Ingraham, who is a diehard Trump supporter, complained that the town hall was moderated by a “Clintonite” — a reference to Stephanopoulos’ time as an aide for former President Clinton — and argued that the “DNC may have put the whole thing on.”
“The president loves mixing it up with everybody,” she claimed on her show. “He did the interview with Jonathan Swan, the 18 tapes of Bob Woodward — now he did this. But this is an ambush.”
Trump had a tough night facing questions from actual voters rather than the White House press pool as he repeatedly attempted to deflect blame from his coronavirus response, said Salon.
Julie Bart, a retired chemical engineer, asked Trump why he did not support a mask mandate — and why he did not wear his mask “more often.”
Trump insisted that the had worn masks in hospitals and other places before inexplicably blaming Democrats for not instituting a mask mandate (as said the DNC). Later, Biden quipped on Twitter, “To be clear: I am not currently president.”
Trump claimed in the segment that “a lot of people think the masks are not good.”
“Who are those people?” Stephanopoulos pressed.
“Waiters,” Trump responded.
Another voter asked why Trump chose to downplay the pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted low-income communities and people of color.
“I didn’t downplay it. I actually — in many ways, I up-played it, in terms of action. My action was very strong,” Trump insisted, even though he admitted to journalist Bob Woodward that he wanted to “always play it down”
During another point, Stephanopoulos pressed Trump on his claim that the coronavirus would “disappear.”
“It would go away without the vaccine . . . but it’s going to go away a lot faster with it,” Trump doubled down, before claiming that “you’ll develop like a herd mentality. It’s going to be herd-developed, and that’s going to happen. That will all happen.”
Trump was apparently referring to “herd immunity,” which scientists believe would require well over half the country to be infected with a disease that often has serious longterm health impacts and would likely kill at least one million people in the U.S. alone.Read More