Trump Speaks: “Stop It” And Other Issues [VIDEO]

Trump Speaks: “Stop It” And Other Issues [VIDEO]

President-elect Trump gave his first major post-election interview to Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes.” After an interesting news day when Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon were both rewarded for their loyalty (with appointments as Chief of Staff and Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President, respectively), Trump then sat down with Stahl with interesting results.

Donald Trump being interviewed by Lesley Stahl, which aired on November 13, 2016 (screengrab via CBS)
Donald Trump being interviewed by Lesley Stahl, which aired on November 13, 2016 (screengrab via CBS)

On the Supreme Court:
Trump has an immediate court appointment to make. He is so far sticking to his campaign promises on the kind of justice he will appoint.

“I’m pro-life,” he said. “The judges will be pro-life.”

Trump added that his Supreme Court nominees would also be “very pro-Second Amendment.”

However, anyone looking for a turnover on same-sex marriage shouldn’t be looking for President Trump to rock that boat.

As for same-sex marriage, Trump said after the Supreme Court ruling last year it’s the law of the land — and that he is “fine” with that being the case.

“It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law,” he said. “It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done … these cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And– I th– I’m– I’m fine with that.”

On Hillary Clinton:

I honestly think Trump is hedging his bets here, which you can see by the reaction on both sides. The right hears that he’s not gunning to take Hillary down, but the left hears no promises not to do it, either. I think he’s waiting to see if Obama will play the one last card and pardon her (and when asked directly, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest wisely clammed up), which would spare the future Trump administration a lot of time, effort, and political capital. As much as Hillary richly deserves legal repercussions for her handling of classified information, Trump can afford to be patient and not reveal all his cards.

On salary and vacations:

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday…

Not to say that Trump doesn’t enjoy golf, but I think no president has ever enjoyed the golf perks as much as Obama has.

And on hearing that supporters are acting out because of his win:

Brevity is always best. I don’t know how anyone can misconstrue a simple direction like “stop it.” I do hope that Trump supporters take that to heart, but I also hope that people who have genuine concerns will also hear it and realize that Trump is not going to condone bad behavior.

Now, if Obama or Hillary could just say “stop it” to the protesters who are still going on about how mad they are that their candidate didn’t win, we’d ALL be better off.

Overall, President-elect Trump did fairly well in the interview. It remains to be seen if the future President Trump is more like this President-elect Trump or the former candidate Trump. We have the next four years to find out.

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  • GWB says:

    Trump’s administration will be raucous. At least the public side is likely to be, while the work goes on out of sight.

    But, the difference between the two possibilities for the next four years is the difference between “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” and “Express elevator to hell, going down!”

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