Friday, April 27, 2018

Thank you Fox and Friends for the 30-minute Trump rant

Full Trump ‘FOX & Friends’ Interview: Ronny Jackson, Michael Cohen, Mueller, North Korea, Comey, Kanye reports RealClearPolitics on Trump’s half hour rant Fox & Friends.

President Trump called into ‘Fox & Friends’ Thursday morning for almost half an hour to discuss Dr. Ronny Jackson’s withdrawal, Michael Cohen, and the possible North Korea summit. Also, the president said he is disappointed in his Justice Department, called Comey’s book a big mistake and thanked Kanye West for his support.

RCP was too kind. It was a half hour of Trump yelling (yes, yelling over the phone) about his favorite topics and contradicting what he has said previously about his non-relation with Michael Cohen. The three hosts looked like deer caught in the headlight. In the end, one of the hosts overtalked Trump and Fox shut him down in mid-sentence. The abrupt end suggested to Lawrence O’Donnell that the signal to stop came from on high (aka Rupert Murdoch), perhaps motivated by the damage Trump was doing to his own legal defense.

Chris Cillizza at CNN has The 53 most stunning lines from Donald Trump’s ‘Fox & Friends’ interview.

Minutes after his nominee to head the Veterans Affairs department withdrew from consideration amid a maelstrom of negative headlines, President Donald Trump called into his favorite show on his favorite network: “Fox & Friends” on Fox News Channel.

And he talked. And talked. And talked.

It was an emotional roller coaster as Trump was, at turns, calm, angry and everything in between. I went through the transcript and picked out the 53 most memorable lines.

One of my favorite - meaning most disturbing - lines was his threat against Justice.

“I’ve taken the position – and I don’t have to take this position and maybe I’ll change – that I will not be involved with the Justice Department. I will wait until this is over.”

Cillizza comments:

HUGE news. The President of the United States saying that he has previously not meddled in Justice Department business but threatening that if they keep up this course of action – presumably meaning the Russia investigation – he could change his mind on that.

Yet more evidence that he either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that Justice has traditionally existed largely independently from the Executive Branch. And, I can’t emphasize this enough: The President is threatening Justice to change direction – or else.

Here is another related one.

“And our Justice Department, which I try and stay away from, but at some point I won’t.”

Third time’s a charm! And, if you look up “threat” in the dictionary, you get something very like that sentence above.

And here Trump digs himself in deeper with comments on Michael Cohen.

“(Michael Cohen) represents me – like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal he represented me.”

Wait. Trump just admitted for the first time that Cohen represented him in the Stormy Daniels case. Remember that Trump had previously said he knew nothing about the $130,000 payment Cohen made to Daniels. And he said he knew absolutely nothing about the broader case, referring all questions to Cohen. So…..

So … the sound you hear is Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti licking his chops at Trump’s continuing self-inflicted legal damage.

Twitter › MichaelAvenatti
Thank you @foxandfriends for having Mr. Trump on this morning to discuss Michael Cohen and our case. Very informative.

RCP plays the whole interview.

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