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Mollie Hemingway spent five hours interviewing Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida over a wide range of topics, including: Media bias, Covid and Fauci, Afghanistan (the interview predates the catastrophic Biden pull out), his opinion of Mitch McConnell and other Republicans, his abortion record, and, of course, the 2020 election. It’s one of the more balanced profiles of Trump, giving him a chance to speak for himself, while also acknowledging his idiosyncrasies and mistakes he made while in office.
On that last topic, Trump does not come across in the interview as the deranged embittered maniac who tried to overthrow Democracy the way he is portrayed in the mainstream media and NeverTrump outlets like The Dispatch and The Bulwark. Rather, he seems to have some legitimate complaints that states may have unconstitutionally changed election laws to help his opponent.
And, of course, there’s some discussion of those Trump feels wronged him. NeverTrump Senator Ben Sasse, in particular, comes across as a weasel and a scoundrel. After attacking Trump viciously in 2016, Sasse was facing a potential primary challenge in 2018. So, he made a show of mending fences with the president. As soon as the primary was over, he reverted to form.
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, in a private call with constituents, excoriated President Trump, saying he had mishandled the coronavirus response, ‘kisses dictators’ butts,’ ‘sells out our allies,’ spends ‘like a drunken sailor,’ mistreats women, and trash-talks evangelicals behind their backs. Trump has ‘flirted with white supremacists,’ according to Sasse, and his family ‘treated the presidency like a business opportunity.’
Before reading the article. I had no idea Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy and
Democrat ex-Republican pollster Frank Luntz (who has made a career of steering Republicans to the left while denouncing conservatives) were roommates. Strange bedfellows, I guess.