The full interview between Trump and George Stepanopolous is set to air Sunday night on ABC and clips of it are being steadily released. It looks to be every bit as bonkers as the Wall Street Journal interview Trump did shortly after talking office, which was the first time he revealed the plummet-less depth of his ignorance about government. This go round, it looks like the theme will be stupendous arrogance and an unparalleled ability to lie through his teeth.
“Number one, I was never going to fire Mueller. I never suggested firing Mueller.”
“That’s not what [the special counsel] says,” [Stephanopolous]
“I don’t care what he says,” [Trump, with a nasty tone]
“Why would he [McGahn] lie under oath?” [Stephanopoulos]
“Because he wanted to make himself look like a good person. Number one, I didn’t. He wasn’t fired. But more importantly, Article II [of the Constitution] allows me to do whatever I want. Article II would have allowed me to fire him.”
Then in classic autocratic style, Trump mentioned that maybe his followers would “demand” that he not leave office in 2024.
…..news is that at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT), both of these horrible papers will quickly go out of business & be forever gone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2019
That’s his fantasy, that he rules forever and without any oversight whatsoever, even from a newspaper. The FBI Director is “wrong,” he “doesn’t care” what the Special Counsel said, everybody is a cheat and a liar, except for King Donald. Right.