On Wednesday night, Trump sat for an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, a vocal Trump supporter and second client to Trump’s attorney and “fixer,” Michael Cohen.
Hannity began the interview by mentioning that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the first murder to inspire a widespread Black Lives Matter movement, happened under Obama and Biden, and that Democrats did nothing for eight years. Trump agreed that the previous administration did nothing. ignoring the fact that he rolled back many of Obama’s police reform policies, then bragged about the “opportunities we’ve given everybody.”
Trump then took credit for dash and body cam use, explaining to viewers that these are “a camera, actually. A very sophisticated camera” He then warned that Democratic politicians want to abolish the police and take away guns, saying “that’s what it’s gonna be, under Biden…ending the Second Amendment, you won’t have a Second Amendment”
After Hannity asks about police reform, Trump falsely says previous administrations, including Obama's, "did nothing on this." Not even close to true. (Extended fact check here: https://t.co/j44USu5D7f) https://t.co/HkICtVF3z9
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 18, 2020
Hannity also asked Trump about charges against police in Atlanta who killed a man after he fells asleep in his car. Trump said that this was “a different kind of case than George Floyd’s and said that he hadn’t seen the video of Floyd’s murder, because “eight minutes who could watch that?” However, Trump said, “you can’t resist a police officer” and then planted a conspiracy theory, saying that an officer there heard a sound, “like a gun shot…that’s interesting.”
Among the things Trump is telling Hannity that Biden would do as president: “abolish the police” and says “you won’t have a Second Amendment,” overstating how much power a president has. Trump later says that “police have not been treated fairly” in the US
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 18, 2020
Hannity then joked that Biden is still staying in basement to avoid spreading COVID-19 and questioned his , “mental alertness, stamina, strength, and mental acumen.” Trump said that Biden’s “obvious health problems are “going to be an interesting issue.” He also said that Biden has been writing “long beautiful flowing sentiments” about Trump on social media, but that he doesn’t believe Biden wrote them or that he even knew the posts were issued. He then said again that the coronavirus is going to “fade away”
President Trump tells Sean Hannity he will be traveling to "The Wall" soon, "to celebrate."
— David Gura (@davidgura) June 18, 2020
Toward the end of the interview, with racial tensions at an all-time high, Trump took the time to bash Colin Kaeperrnick a bad football player who would be drafted if he could win games. No one, however, should protest during the National Anthem, Trump said. Dismissing the concerns of black America, he said, “they can protest enough” without being given permission to kneel for the flag.
Twitter didn’t seem all that excited about Trump’s upcoming interview even before it started. Read some of their comments below:
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