President Donald Trump is continuing to spew vitriol as Election Day approaches. During a Tuesday rally in Michigan, which Trump won in 2016 but might not win this time around, Trump ranted against targets including Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer — and journalist Lesley Stahl, who Trump is still complaining about days after he abruptly marched out of an interview that Stahl had been conducting with him. Trump totally melted down; he’s complained that she asked “tough” questions, and on Twitter, he has characterized Stahl’s interview as “terrible Electoral Intrusion,” as if he imagines that there’s a conspiracy to undermine his campaign via… journalists asking him questions.
Trump’s vitriolic antagonism towards Stahl reeks of sexism. Trump has targeted female reporters on numerous occasions in the past — once, for instance, he commented to Cecilia Vega that he “knows” that she “never” thinks. This time around, on Tuesday, Trump insisted that there was “fire coming out of” Stahl’s eyes during her 60 Minutes interview, and Trump added that “it’s hopeless with these people.” These “poor me” comments are just so incredibly petty — it’s totally wild! How are there so many people willing to support this self-obsessed pathological narcissist running the country? Notably, Trump’s comments about Stahl hearken back to his 2016-era complaint that journalist Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” while questioning him — which sounds, of course, vitriolically sexist.
There was "Fire coming out of her eyes," @realDonaldTrump says about 60 minutes Lesley Stahl. "It's hopeless with these people."
— Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) October 27, 2020
At his Michigan rally, Trump also — ridiculously — claimed that his re-election campaign was proceeding quite smoothly before the Coronavirus came along. Does he want Americans to just forget that he got impeached?
Trump self-confidently insisted:
‘We will deliver record prosperity, epic job growth, and a safe vaccine that eradicates the virus and quickly ends the pandemic, and we’ve done things that nobody believed we could do… Normal life will fully resume, and that’s what we want, right? We want normal life… We had the greatest economy in the history of our country… If we didn’t have the plague come in from China, it wasn’t even gonna be like we had an election. The only bad part is I probably wouldn’t be standing out here in the freezing rain with you. I’d be home in the White House doing whatever the hell I was doing.’
Um — shouldn’t the president of the United States have a better idea of what his job responsibilities entail other than “whatever the hell I was doing”? Watch Trump’s comments below:
Speaking in Michigan, Trump basks in "lock her up!" chants directed at Michigan Gov. Gretchen. It's a hate movement. pic.twitter.com/HQymAb9Ray
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2020