'Thugs': Trump resorts to namecalling in first televised interview since losing election
President Donald Trump isn’t even listening to himself these days. He tweeted on Saturday how Fox News daytime is “virtually unwatchable, especially during the weekends.” Then, in the spirit of true hypocrisy, he gave Fox News his first televised interview since he lost the election against President-elect Joe Biden 26 days ago on November 3.
In a phone interview on Sunday with host Maria Bartiromo, the soon-to-be-former president used the opportunity to tote his usual baseless allegations of voter fraud. He went from suggesting that the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) are involved in a conspiracy against him to alleging that dead people applied for mail-in ballots and poll watchers were thrown out of counting rooms by “thugs” in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Nevada.
“This election was rigged,” Trump said. “This election was a total fraud, and it continues to be as they hide. And the problem we have, we go to judges, and people don’t want to get involved.”
And by not wanting to get involved, he means the courts keep throwing out his frivolous lawsuits, as was the case when Reps. Mike Kelly and Sean Parnell alleged on the president’s behalf that mail-in ballots were unconstitutional.
“We’re not allowed to put in our proof,” Trump told Bartiromo. “They say you don’t have standing. (…) I would like to file one nice big beautiful lawsuit, talking about this and many other things, with tremendous proof. We have affidavits, we have hundreds and hundreds of affidavits.”
One of the more troubling moments of Trump’s interview—I mean besides seeing the President of the United States reduced to a breathy rant of unfounded allegations—was hearing him refuse to confine his claims to a timeline and instead saying he would give his efforts to change his fate “125 percent of my energy” while the coronavirus pandemic rages.
“I led the charge. We won state houses. We won Congress. We won the Senate, and I lost. They say ‘it’s statistically impossible for that to happen,’” Trump said. And yet it did.