CNN presenter Jake Tapper ended a combative interview on Sunday with senior Trump campaign adviser Lara Trump by urging the presidential daughter-in-law to openly mock Joe Biden’s well-known stutter, which has provoked a tense exchange on the mental fitness of the Democratic candidate for the post.
At the top of CNN State of the Union On Sunday morning, Tapper noted that he tried to task members of the White House coronavirus task force, senior White House officials or heads of the CDC and FDA to discuss the administration. poor efforts to fight the pandemic.
But the White House declined all requests, so a resigned Tapper then congratulated Trump.
The veteran anchor immediately kicked off his interview by referring to the president’s rally in Michigan on Saturday, which saw attendees chanting “Lock her up!” in Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. This is despite Whitmer being the target of an alleged violent kidnapping plot by far-right extremists.
“I guess they said she was threatened,” the president said scornfully of a Democrat he often chose for particular hostility. He also seemed to agree with the vocals, casually adding, “Lock them all down.”
Tapper came in early and often.
“Don’t you think the president should tone it down when he talks about people who have literally been threatened with their lives in this very, very intense time? Tapper wondered aloud, pointing out that Whitmer’s team said the violent rhetoric against the governor escalated every time Trump did this. Whitmer also tweeted to the same effect right after Trump made his remarks on Saturday.
But Lara Trump turned away by saying she was also receiving threats on social media, which prompted Tapper to say ‘I condemn him now’ and he would tell all Democratic politicians to tone it down if they add. oil on the fire. He then squeezed her again to find out if her stepfather should lower the temperature.
“He wasn’t doing anything, I don’t think, to make people threaten this woman at all,” Trump replied. “He was having fun at a Trump rally. And frankly, there are bigger issues than that for ordinary Americans.
“So I think people are frustrated and, look, the president was at a rally,” she continued. “It’s a fun and light atmosphere. Of course, he was not encouraging people to threaten this woman.
Tapper quickly retorted, “I don’t think ‘locking him up’ is fun.”
The two then engaged in a passionate back-and-forth throughout the remainder of the interview, with Trump repeatedly avoiding Tapper’s pointed questions on issues such as the Trump team’s dismissive attitude to the interview. regard to wearing a mask and the president’s latest negative coronavirus test. This prompted Tapper to grow increasingly frustrated with her evasion and reliance on Trump’s talking points.
Referring to Biden’s stuttering, Tapper first pointed out a moment at the Democratic National Convention in which 13-year-old Brayden Harrington recounted how Biden helped him with his own stutter, contrasted with images of Trump ridiculing him. ex-veep for fighting for words. “
“How do you think stuttering little children feel when they see you making a comment like that?” Tapper followed.
Trump, however, claimed she never knew the former vice president had long suffered from stuttering – an excuse used by other Trump allies in the past – before repeating the denigration of the right that Biden was suffering from “cognitive decline” and that was what she was talking about.
“I think you were laughing at his stuttering and I think you have no right to judge someone’s cognitive decline,” Tapper retorted.
“I think the Trump family would be more sensitive to people who don’t have a medical license and diagnose politicians from afar,” he continued, as Trump tried to speak to him. “A lot of people have diagnosed your stepfather from afar. I’m sure that offends you. You have no status.
Trump tried to pretend that she did not diagnose Biden, but instead believes it is “of concern to a lot of people” to watch Biden fight on stage, which caused CNN anchor to ultimately end the ‘interview.
“I’m sure it was a place of concern [for Biden]He said impassively. “We all believe this.”
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