Donald Trump’s performance in this Chris Wallace interview is the best Joe Biden ad we’ve ever seen.pic.twitter.com/NX6cA2rijZ— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) July 19, 2020
With possibly any other candidate, it would make sense for a campaign to "get his face out there" and have him do interviews to directly discuss the issues of the day and refute criticisms about his performance, and so on, but this? Following the awkward Hannity interview (a softball if there could be one) where Trump boasted that he "aced" a basic cognitive test, this performance is sad and alarming, because Trump not only is still preeeettttyyy impressed with having basic cognitive function, but wants you all to know some of those questions were hard, and he does not believe everyone else would do as well.
The entire interview is laced with WTF moments, from facetiously suggesting that the name of Fort Bragg (from which we won "beautiful world wars"--who thinks like that?) be replaced with Fort Al Sharpton (interesting and not at all random choice) and his exceptional level of denial that the testing is the reason for the high number of COVID-19 cases in the US, not actual community spread, and of course it would be. Anyone who has observed Trump lately knows what he's like, the difference in this interview is that he is like this, only in the hands of a skilled interviewer and sweating like an ice-cold glass of lemonade.
One could almost imagine an interview like this being granted, approved, and aired, as a form of benign sabotage, as if someone decided that, for crying out loud, would everyone just look at this guy??!?!? But in order to do that, one would still have to imagine that the White House, and the Trump campaign alike, were not really full of grifters, cultists, and long-game authoritarians. But I don't really see a sign that this is the case.
Trump can identify an elephant, but he is surrounded by people who not only don't talk about the other elephant in the room, but can't identify it themselves.