Axios reporter Jonathan Swan interviewed President Donald Trump and it did not go well for the president. The internet is ablaze with astonishment over how the Australian journalist decimated Trump, as the clip below demonstrates.
"We're going to look at some of these charts," Trump, who is sitting in a very low chair, says to Swan.
"I'd like to," Swan replies.
Trump is fumbling with color printouts of charts that look like they were made for an elementary school class.
Rather than admit Americans are dying at a rate of one every minute, Trump tries to convince Swan to "go by the cases," meaning, to look at how many people are dying as a percentage of how many people are infected.
Swan, without hesitation, says, "I'm talking about death as a percentage of population – that's where the U.S. is really bad."
Trump is reduced to babbling.
Republican turned Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash weighed in, calling it, "like an episode of Veep but real."
Watch the clip, which has been viewed nearly 14 million times in 8 and a half hours.
.@jonathanvswan: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of popul… https://t.co/hQcrJLKDwB— Axios (@Axios)1596513480.0
Here's what some are saying:
I need everyone to watch this. https://t.co/eRPk7Dr1q5— southpaw (@southpaw)1596517113.0
Frankly, there should be several TV news anchors/broadcasters out there who have interviewed Trump who should be ra… https://t.co/6Ji1zHoNhV— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy)1596516785.0
.@jonathanvswan’s interview of @realDonaldTrump nicely illustrates why Trump is a global laughingstock.— George Conway (@George Conway)1596539033.0
It’s honestly hilarious that this is the guy who supposedly wants MORE debates https://t.co/uB0rsZVPFr— Jon Favreau (@Jon Favreau)1596516434.0
This is utterly devastating. Soul-crushing devastating. A President, ignoring reality and responsibility, trying… https://t.co/BE8IvPiDq7— Brian Nosek (@Brian Nosek)1596536048.0
@axios @jonathanvswan @realDonaldTrump OMG HE'S SO DUMB OMG HE'S SO DUMB OMG HE'S SO DUMB OMG HE'S SO DUMB OMG… https://t.co/BhJWvYzJSu— MEMORYY (@MEMORYY)1596514117.0
@axios @jonathanvswan @realDonaldTrump Is it scarier that he doesn't understand or that they are clearly gaming the info so that he's happy?— Clint Sears (@Clint Sears)1596514704.0
I see a president who doesn’t get the gravity of the crisis but also a staff willing to supply him with numbers and… https://t.co/QHLn0IrcYR— Jim Sciutto (@Jim Sciutto)1596539215.0
@axios @jonathanvswan @realDonaldTrump Trump is so fucking stupid, it's painful.— Pé (@Pé)1596514728.0
@axios @jonathanvswan @realDonaldTrump Laughable and funny on the face of it. Going further, it's absolutely embar… https://t.co/Kyy4KZh4eW— Ignoble Savage (@Ignoble Savage)1596540740.0
the president of the United States is not in touch with reality https://t.co/aTgio8yt6M— John Harwood (@John Harwood)1596541366.0
Trump is a profound idiot. That has only been masked by journalists inability to press him on topics. If the WH p… https://t.co/NcTLf6Thz2— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1596541485.0
This @jonathanvswan interview left Trump in tatters. If you still support him, just listen to the interview and a… https://t.co/Y9rXJyCfyT— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1596542624.0
Trump is responsible for many of these deaths. As are his enablers: Republicans in Congress, the people who work fo… https://t.co/E6HFrQ1tE7— David Corn (@David Corn)1596541317.0
truly as bonkers as everyone is making it out to be. remarkable to watch someone clueless stall and flail in real t… https://t.co/GUV60baDWc— David Mack (@David Mack)1596543391.0