Mehdi Hasan, the host of the show UpFront on Al Jazeera English, tweeted out on Wednesday a video of a recent interview that he conducted with Steven Rogers, an adviser to President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.
The interview is notable, argues Hasan, because he corners Rogers and forces him to confront the president’s lies head on.
“Hey US media folks,” he writes on Twitter. “Here, I would argue immodestly, is how you interview a Trump supporter on Trump’s lies.”
In the interview, Hasan confronts Rogers about the president’s false claim that the United States is the only country in the world to offer birthright citizenship. Hasan then asks Rogers whether Trump’s statement about birthright citizenship is true or false.
“No, it’s false,” Rogers concedes. “It’s a misstatement. That doesn’t mean it’s a lie, OK?”
Hasan then asked him about Trump’s claim just before the midterm elections that people in California cities were rioting in protest of their cities’ sanctuary city policies.
Rogers tried to argue that there were “street skirmishes” in Oakland because of undocumented immigrants, but Hasan shut him down.
“The spokesman for the California Police Chief’s Association says that there were no riots taking place as a result of sanctuary city policies,” Hasan shot back. “There were no riots, he just made it up!”
Next, Hasan showed how Trump falsely claimed that seven new steel facilities were about to be opened because of his policies, when in reality U.S. Steel has not announced that it’s opening any new facilities.
Rogers tried to argue that there could have been other steel companies opening up new mills, but Hasan then read him Trump’s direct quote that specifically claimed U.S. Steel had announced six new mills.
“He just made it up,” Hasan said. “And he repeated it! He didn’t say it just once!”
Rogers said that he wanted to know more about the context of that statement before signaling he was ready to move on to another topic.
“I know you want to move on because you know it’s a lie!” Hasan said.
Watch the whole video below.
Hey US media folks, here, I would argue immodestly, is how you interview a Trump supporter on Trump's lies:pic.twitter.com/D8qElaic7o
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 14, 2018