Trump started and ended his day at Fox on Thursday. And as if these appeals to his grassroots weren’t enough, he’s holding a “virtual rally” on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on Friday afternoon.
In the morning the President called Fox Business to have a conversation with journalist Maria Bartiromo. At this point, she might as well be a Trump campaign spokeswoman. As Philip Bump of the Washington Post wrote, she “has served little more than a hype woman, confronting Trump with softball questions and encouraging his responses. It wasn’t the first time she’d played such a role, but it was nonetheless.” remarkable.”
; see the extent of their disinterest in challenging the president. “
While speaking to Bartiromo, Trump raged and raved about his political enemies. He implored Attorney General Bill Barr “to charge these people with crimes,” particularly Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Hours later, after Trump’s interview with Bartiromo had faded from memory to some extent, Jeffrey Toobin tweeted, “Just so it’s clear. [Trump] required today [Obama] and [Biden] be charged and prosecuted. Have our standards fallen enough that this type of anti-democratic authoritarian behavior goes uncritical? Is that normal now? “
A coughing Trump insists he is fine
Trump continued to broach topic to topic on Sean Hannity’s show, promoting conspiracy theories, selling falsehoods, and launching attacks on Democrats and the media during roughly a 25-minute conversation. But it was probably the president’s health that was at the fore. During the interview, Hannity asked Trump twice if he had been tested for the coronavirus since he was sick last week. Apparently the President could not answer this question. Trump said instead that he will “likely” be tested on Friday. Medhi Hasan quipped about the non-response: “Mark the date, we’ve got to the point where even Sean Hannity Trump asks simple questions that the President can’t or won’t answer.”
It wasn’t just Trump’s comments about his health that caught the attention. It was what the audience at home could hear. At least twice during the interview, Trump had to pause his sentences and audibly clear his throat and cough. The president insisted he was feeling great, claiming he saw his doctors earlier in the day and they believe he was in “great shape”. But it certainly didn’t sound like it was healed as he claimed.
… says he could hold a rally on Saturday
After boasting about how good he was feeling and the treatment he received, Trump said to Hannity, “I think I’ll try to hold a rally on Saturday night. If we have enough time to put it together. But we want to do it. ” A rally in Florida probably on Saturday night. Could come back and do one in Pennsylvania the following night. “His comment was in line with coverage by The New York Times’ Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, who had previously written that an” angry “Trump watching coverage of the political race” had asked aides to bring him back to the rally to get recorded this weekend. “
>> Reminder: The president’s doctor hasn’t held a press conference since Monday to brief the public on Trump’s health and give reporters the opportunity to ask questions – all while Trump, who has the coronavirus, is during a national television interview coughs and suggests that they do a rally in days. This is an unacceptable level of transparency on the part of the White House.
Trump on Rush
From a strategic point of view, it has always been bizarre for me that Trump hasn’t called nationally syndicated right-wing radio shows more often. Yes, Fox News reaches a large part of its base. But Rush Limbaugh is a powerhouse. Limbaugh, who was airborne during treatment this week, said Thursday that Friday will be the “largest virtual rally in radio history”.
>> Brian Stelter adds, “I want to make a little prediction here. There has been a lot of talk about whether Trump would start a TV network if he lost the election. What if the speculation was correct, but the what is What if it ends with a top-class talk radio gig next year? “
Speaking of the influence of right-wing media …
CNN’s Sandee LaMotte reports, “Viewers who trust Fox News coverage more than CNNs are slightly less likely to take preventive measures against the novel coronavirus and are slightly more likely to be at risk, according to a new study released Thursday in The journal BMJ Global published Health. “
Also this week, a new report from Pew found that 90% of Republicans who only listened to Fox News or spoke radio as the main source of political news said the country controlled the outbreak as much as possible. Fox loyalists were also more likely to feel the pandemic had been overcome: “As of early September, with only Fox News and / or talk radio as their main news source, 78% of Republicans said the coronavirus had played a bigger role.” it’s really. “Few Democrats made similar statements …
Fourth member of the White House press corps tests positive
Another member of the White House press corps tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday – meaning four journalists have now been infected over the outbreak that swallowed the west wing. The White House Correspondents Association emailed members to inform them that a journalist “received a preliminary positive result for COVID-19 following a rapid test today.” The person is now waiting for the results of a PCR test and is “currently asymptomatic”. According to the WHCA, the person was last at the White House on October 1, a full week ago.
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