Trump surrogate A.J. Delgado came “locked and loaded” to MSNBC for Tamron Hall‘s morning show on Monday. Hall pinned down the senior Trump adviser, even though Delgado tried to squirm back to Hillary Clinton time after time. Hall was tough.
The TV host fixed upon Trump’s shape-shifting immigration policy, fear of releasing his tax returns, and his illicit campaign donations. Hall is the Serena Williams of cable TV, and it is fun watching her parry and attack.
The host of MSNBC’s Live With Tamron Hall was particularly interested in the candidate’s illegal donation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi that took place when she decided to drop the lawsuit against Trump University. The host said:
‘It sounds like a situation of pay-for-play.’
Latina attorney Delgado served back a fast ball:
‘Pam Bondi asked for that donation before she even knew that some complaints had come into her office, hundreds of complaints.’
But, Hall was on her game:
‘He would say that there’s no way Hillary Clinton had this conversation and that this lawsuit did not come up.
‘Remember all the suspicions regarding [Attorney General Loretta Lynch] and Bill Clinton on the plane? Donald Trump would not accept that as answer.’
A total of 88 retired military members sent Trump a letter of endorsement, but Hall bored in on the orange man’s claim of donating to veterans’ charities. She said that this could not be verified, because Trump has declined to release his tax returns.
In response, Delgado said that the Republican’s candidate “can’t release” those taxes, since he is involved in an IRS audit. But Tall was having none of it:
‘Yes, you can. There’s nothing that prevents you.’
The MSNBC host noted that Trump had said in 2014 that he would release them, if he decided to run. Delgado tried to turn the tables on Hall:
‘Why is it you want them released? I think the bigger issue is Hillary Clinton’s medical records.’
Hall forced the Trump surrogate back onto the trajectory she intended for this interview:
‘We don’t know where he’s invested his money. There was a New York Times report about ties to Chinese banks, potential investments in Russia.
‘We need to know more about this presidential candidate. Why not release that information?’
Then, the Trump surrogate attempted to pivot to “pay-for-play” at the Clinton Foundation, but Hall wasn’t having it:
‘We’re going to talk about his immigration comments.’
‘I fully realize that you’ve come locked and loaded but what we’re going to do is we’re going to talk about what your candidate is now saying on the campaign trail 62 days out.’
Check out the entire segment here: