Ahhhh. If only we knew every treacherous, treasonous thing that Donald Trump has admitted to Sean Hannity or his ilk, we would know a great deal. And none of it would surprise us, unfortunately. Kudos to Justin Baragona at the Daily Beast for his attentiveness and keen ear. A lesser reporter might have let this slip under the radar.
Later that evening, Hannity played excerpts of his “exclusive” interview with Trump on his primetime Fox News program, along with highlights of Trump’s bombastic speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Though Hannity aired the segment featuring the ex-president boasting that he could have stopped the war, he curiously omitted the portion where Trump revealed his plan.
Instead, shortly after Trump says, “I could have negotiated,” the audio quickly skips about 30 seconds of speaking time before picking back up where the former president pivots to his complaint that “China no longer respects the United States.”
Besides asserting that he would have stopped Russia from invading Ukraine by making a deal to let them “take over something,” Trump also said in the portion not aired by Fox that “so many more people are dying than is being reported” while reiterating this “would have never happened” under his watch.
In recent weeks, Trump has repeatedly bragged that it would be “easy” to end the crisis, claiming that it would only take him a single day to reach a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine. “We could end the Ukraine conflict in 24 hours with the right leadership,” he’s declared.
Trump’s probably right about the settlement in 24 hours. Surrender is known to bring about swift settlements, absolutely. I wouldn’t call that a “peace deal” though.
Fox News may be pro Ron DeSantis, or Ron DeFuture, as another Murdoch publication called him, but they are still protecting Donald Trump. Hedging their bets, maybe? Trump is still leading DeSantis in polls and would get the GOP nomination if it were held today.
Additionally, Trump has softened towards Fox in recent days, praising Tucker Carlson’s cherry picked propaganda piece to the skies, as he demands the release of those incarcerated as a result of their actions on J6.
Fox may come back into the fold. And the GOP mega donors who have said they won’t support Trump may very well change their minds a year from now as well. That’s not just my opinion, Rick Wilson has said as much.
We’re in for a long haul. If you think Long Haul COVID is debilitating, and right you are, get ready for Long Haul Trump.