In a press conference this morning, President Obama did not hold back in his criticism of Matt Lauer for allowing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump to blatantly lie and field softball questions throughout the Commander-in-Chief Forum with no follow-up questions.
Lauer did no fact-checking on Trump, and never once called him out for his outrageous falsehoods during the town hall forum. Specifically, Trump insisted that he never supported the Iraq War and pointed to an Esquire interview from 2004 to prove that he was against it from the beginning.
The Iraq War began in 2003.
Further, Lauer allowed the opportunity to question Trump about his attack on a Gold Star family or his lack of knowledge on foreign policy slip right past him during a forum on national security, the military, and U.S. foreign relations.
‘I think the most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen what he says and follow up, and ask questions about what appear to be either contradictory or uninformed or outright bad ideas. There is this process that seems to take place over the course of the election season, where somehow, behavior, that in normal times we would consider completely unacceptable and outrageous, becomes normalized. People start thinking that we should be grading on a curve.’
While Trump got a free pass from Lauer on his ridiculous statements about sexual assault in the military, his draft-dodging during the Vietnam War, and his refusal to release a single detail of his “plan” to defeat ISIS, Hillary Clinton was forced to begin the forum by answering questions about her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.
This was the issue Lauer decided to spend 14 minutes probing, despite the fact that the FBI cleared Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing in a months-long investigation, instead of the fact that her opposing candidate is woefully ignorant on complex issues that a commander-in-chief would need to understand in order to lead the military.
‘As far as Mr. Trump, I think I’ve already offered my opinion. I don’t think the guy’s qualified to be President of the United States, and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed.’
See President Obama’s full statement during today’s press conference below:
“I don’t think the guy’s qualified to be president of the United States” — President Obama on Donald Trump https://t.co/wAazcBbAyq
— CNN (@CNN) September 8, 2016
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