Following President Donald Trump’s bizarre “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday night, the commander-in-chief’s outlandish claims and bizarre behavior were widely panned by political analysts, which continued on MSNBC Monday evening.
“You make a business out of chronicling the unusual things that Donald Trump says,” host Ali Velshi said to Daniel Dale, whose real-time fact checks of Trump events have received praise. “What do you make of that interview?”
“He was hugely dishonest, he was evasive,” Dale noted. “And when he was challenged at all, he resorted to anger and to pettiness.”
“And so these opportunities are very rare where he subjects himself to any kind of critical questioning,” he noted. “And I think on the rare occasions when he does so, he reveals things about his personality that I think his advisers would prefer to keep concealed.
“What do you think he does it for?” Velshi asked Dr. Jason Johnson, a journalism professor at Morgan State University and politics editor of The Root.
“He does them because the president can’t be convinced he’s terrible at it,” Johnson replied.
“None of these interviews give any functional information about how our government works and only provide insight — increased insight, as if we didn’t know — that he’s a petty, venal, racist, misogynistic man,” he continued.
“He does it because he’s an egomaniac and desperately thinks that one day he’s going to do an interview where he doesn’t come off as a proto-dictator monster,” Johnson continued.
“And that’s never going to happen,” he predicted.