Trump’s Super Bowl Interview: The Highs and Lows [VIDEO]
Trump’s Super Bowl Interview: The Highs and Lows [VIDEO]
It has become a tradition – and I’m not really big on it myself, as I’d rather get to the game than have politics showcased – to have a presidential interview before the Super Bowl. This year, Bill O’Reilly – who interviewed President Obama twice before Super Bowl games over the course of his terms in office – interviewed President Trump.
While the impending game took away from any heavy analysis of this interview, it is worth looking at the highs and lows that happened as O’Reilly covered the events of the first two weeks of the Trump presidency.
First, we can look at the high points:
Iran – Trump is quite angry with Iran, and he’s not afraid to say so. After Iran conducted a ballistic missile test last week, in CLEAR violation of this “deal” that the Obama administration had made with them, the Trump administration announced that sanctions (which apparently had been created by the Obama administration as potential consequences) were going to be in effect. And President Trump, when asked by O’Reilly, was candid that he does not trust Iran.
On the heels of his administration imposing new sanctions on Iran-tied businesses and individuals in response to recent missile tests, Trump also said Iran has “total disregard” for America and revived his criticism of the 2015 nuclear deal struck by his predecessor. The agreement with other world powers lifted billions in economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for the country curtailing its nuclear weapons program.
Trump called it “the worst deal I’ve ever seen negotiated.”
He said he wasn’t outright opposed to the deal, but claimed that it hasn’t been enforced.
“They’re sending money all over the place and weapons, and you can’t do that,” he said.
Asked whether he’d scrap it, Trump said, “We’ll see what happens.”
He continued, “That deal, I would have lived with it if they said, OK we’re all together now. But it was just the opposite, it’s like they’re emboldened.”
As for the new sanctions, Trump said, “just starting.”
Voter fraud – This issue has been clouded by the Trump administration tossing out a lot of random numbers on just how much voter fraud there is in this country. Trump seemed slightly more cohesive tonight on the subject, specifying that by “voter fraud” he included non-citizens and illegal aliens voting, the votes of dead people being cast, and people fraudulently voting multiple times.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 5, 2017
Though Trump did not sign a previously expected executive order initiating a voter fraud probe, he said in the interview he’s going to assign Pence to the job, seemingly making good on a vow to hold a “major” investigation.
“I’m going to set up a commission, to be headed by Vice President Mike Pence, and we’re going to look at it very, very carefully,” he said.
Amid criticism of those claims and questions about what proof he has, however, Trump appeared to pull back Sunday on the allegations of rampant voter fraud, focusing more on voter registration problems as evidence.
It will be interesting to see how the federal government chooses to deal with voter fraud, since each state is responsible for running its own elections, and then reporting the results to the electoral college for the national race for president. When this commission is set up, I am sure that the testimony that will be submitted will be deeply interesting.
And now, the low point. Hands down, this left my jaw on the floor. And if I’m not mistaken, O’Reilly might have had to pick his jaw up off the floor, too.
As for his recent calls to foreign leaders, Trump said he has “respect” for Russian President Vladimir Putin, but that respect does not mean they’ll get along.
“I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not,” he said. “And if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world — that’s a good thing. … Will I get along with him? I have no idea.”
Pressed about Putin’s history of violence, Trump said: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”
O’Reilly tried to drive home the point by saying “I don’t know of any government leaders that are killers in America.”
Trump let out a “Weeeeelllll, take a look at what we’ve done too. We’ve made a lot of mistakes.” He then referenced the war in Iraq and how a lot of people died and he was “against it from the beginning.” O’Reilly tried to point out that “mistakes are different” than what Putin is known and accused of doing, but I honestly think he was too stunned by Trump’s assertion (plus he had more interview points to get to) than to keep hashing it over.
I may never have agreed with John McCain on much, but he was absolutely right about Vladimir Putin.
Trump would be well served to take McCain’s advice on Putin. He is no friend to the United States, and while cooperation toward mutual goals (like the destruction of ISIS) is one thing, saying that American government officials are “killers” on par with Putin is stupidly detrimental and dangerously dumb. Unless Trump is dropping oblique hints and talking “out of school” about his top secret briefings (and that brings up even MORE problems), comparing a duly-elected dictator who is not above having his critics assassinated to American officials is ludicrous.
And finally, there was the actual talk about the Super Bowl itself. It has inadvertently turned into the funniest moment of this interview.
Trump predicts the Patriots will win the Super Bowl by 8 points. pic.twitter.com/SLgi1z7aOS
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 5, 2017
Which looked pretty bleak through 3 quarters of the game.
— ♡♠YoshikoShari♪♪ (@double_yo_two) February 6, 2017
A lot of people were blaming Trump for jinxing the Patriots. And then this happened.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 6, 2017
What an amazing comeback and win by the Patriots. Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Coach B are total winners. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017