‘A new frontier in crazy’: Trump's baffling Fox News interview mocked on Twitter

'High as a giraffe's ass and evasive is no way to do an interview’

Louise Hall
Friday 09 October 2020 19:03
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Social media users have been left bewildered by Donald Trump’s bizarre interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity and have taken to Twitter to voice their reactions to the exchange.

During the interview on Thursday, Mr Trump dodged questions about testing, was heard coughing, and launched strange rants against his Democratic opposition.

Critics took to social media to voice their reaction to the segment, expressing a mixture of confusion, frustration, and disbelief at the president’s remarks.

The president continually refused to answer whether or not he received a negative test for the virus eventually saying: “Probably the test will be tomorrow (on Friday)".

“Mark the date, we have reached the point where even Sean Hannity is asking Trump simple questions that the president can’t or won’t answer,” NBC host Mehdi Hasan said.

Professor Tom Nichols called the interview a “new frontier in crazy.”

“Wow. This interview with Hannity is bonkers even by the president’s usual ‘interview with Hannity’ standards. Every day is a new frontier in crazy,” he tweeted.

Other listeners picked up on the president’s coarse voice; he coughed at least once and on another occasion appeared to put his phone on mute after clearing his throat.

“When you're immune to coronavirus,” one user tweeted alongside a clip of Mr Trump coughing, in an attempt to undermine the president's earlier claims that he was now “immune” to the virus.

“When you have no symptoms,” another said in similar reference to the president’s doctors report that he is no longer suffering symptoms of the disease. “Trump is coughing through this Hannity interview,” another echoed.

Mr Trump is still recovering from his coronavirus infection following a three-day stay in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he received supplemental oxygen and a cocktail of drugs to treat the illness.

Just hours before the interview White House doctors gave the commander-in-chief the all clear to resume public duties from the weekend.

“President Trump again coughing his way through this totally unchained conversation with Sean Hannity. He's hacking up a lung on the phone! Who thought this was a good idea?," Democratic strategist Max Burns said.

When discussing climate policies proposed by Democratic candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris, the president said Mr Biden would “take buildings down and rebuild them with tiny little windows” that “you can’t see out, you can’t see the light”.

He also attacked California for “sending millions or gallons of water out to sea” in order to “take care of certain little tiny fish”, hit out at Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer following revelations of a plot to kidnap her, and once again refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the election.

“Without prodding, Trump goes right after the ‘peaceful transition of power’ question and Hannity practically throws himself on top of the telephone to stop him,” Prof Nichols said.

Political commentator Tommy Vietor called the president “high as a giraffe's ass and evasive" adding it was “no way to do an interview."

"Not good when even Hannity isn't convinced,” he added.

Upon conclusion of the interview, White House New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman tweeted: “Like at the end of Oscar speeches, Hannity closing music comes on as Potus still talking."

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