There were so many puffball questions last night, it’s a wonder the set didn’t float away in Green Bay. Sean Hannity’s grilling of Donald Trump in a Fox News town hall was little more than a recitation of GOP talking points. But there was a moment when Hannity asked Trump about his priorities for a second term. Here is what Trump said:
“Well, one of the things that will be really great, you know, the word experience is still good. I always say talent is more important than experience. I’ve always said that. But the word experience is a very important word. It’s a very important meaning. I never did this before — I never slept over in Washington. I was in Washington I think 17 times, all of the sudden, I’m the president of the United States. You know the story, I’m riding down Pennsylvania Avenue with our first lady and I say, ‘This is great.’ But I didn’t know very many people in Washington, it wasn’t my thing.
“I was from Manhattan, from New York. Now I know everybody. And I have great people in the administration. You make some mistakes, like you know an idiot like Bolton, all he wanted to do is drop bombs on everybody. You don’t have to drop bombs on everybody. You don’t have to kill people.”
So the reason Trump should be reelected is because he now knows people in Washington? The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes:
“As of now Mr. Trump has no second-term agenda, or even a message beyond four more years of himself. His recent events in Tulsa and Arizona were dominated by personal grievances. He resorted to his familiar themes from 2016 like reducing immigration and denouncing the press, but he offered nothing for those who aren’t already persuaded.”
This morning, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough wondered if Trump really wants another four years.
“I am just saying this is not a guy who is acting like he expects to be around on January 21st, 2021 in the White House, and he is acting like he’s setting everything on fire before he leaves. and i am only saying this. nobody else is saying it. But i could see, as a possibility, even a slight possibility, that this guy in August says what Peggy Noonan wrote a couple of weeks ago. Listen, I gave you the best economy ever, and the press has been lying about me for years. They’ve been investigating me for years. Despite that, I did a great job. You guys do not deserve me.
Watch James Carville’s take last night: