President Donald Trump appears to be a world leader on the verge of losing his position and as the slow descent continues on, so does the former business mogul’s public gaffes. In a new interview, Trump once again fumbled tremendously and dodged answers with the deftness of a dancer with two left feet.
The president sat down with Jonathan Swan for Axios on HBO, who took Trump to task with tough questions despite getting the virtual runaround at almost every turn. This was meant to be an attempt for Trump to upend any momentum that his rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, might have gained over the past few weeks. Instead, Trump may have handed over the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in under 40 minutes.
One of our personal favorite “WTF?” moments came early on when Swan asked Trump about his insistence on drawing huge crowds and his obsessive bent on getting high ratings but skirting all good sense when it comes down to addressing public health concerns.
Another baffling moment is when Swan pressed Trump to explain his views on what systemic racism is in the wake of the ongoing protests sparked by the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd among others. Later in a crosstalk moment, Trump once again slammed his predecessor, President Barack Obama, for no other reason except that he was in a corner.
“I got opportunities on, I took care of the historically Black… If you look at what I’ve done for colleges, for Black colleges and universities, I got them funding. Obama never did it. I did more for the Black community than anybody with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, whether you like it or not. People say, ‘Oh, that’s interesting,'” Trump stammered.
And to be completely true, we could probably share seven or eight more especially bad moments in where Trump was completely out of his element. Of course, his rabid supporters tried to spin the interview as Trump dunking on Biden, the ‘Libs, and the “Fake News” crew, but it was Swan’s masterful persistence to keep the president focused on the question asked instead of turning into a hot-air session that stands out most of all.
Since the August 3 airing on HBOMax, the video has been viewed nearly 10 million times on YouTube alone, and the chatter is still ongoing days later. We’ve collected reactions to some of the interview’s zaniest moments along with other comments via Twitter.
Slightly edited the Axios Donald Trump Interview so it would look more like The Office lmao— Pogtable - Mauricio (@Browntable_Ent) August 4, 2020
Definitely watch the actual interview on HBOMAX, it's super insightful and entertaining. pic.twitter.com/YwvEnVDmzy
Your shitty relatives won’t see the Axios interview bc they get all their info from FB which is 90% paid Republican memes and news, and no heinous answer or admission of guilt from Trump will penetrate their bubble unless you shove it down their maskless gullets. You have 90 days— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) August 5, 2020
Good point: Swan’s interview of Trump was Nixon/Frost with a spinal tap! Trump is so unqualified to be POTUS. At least Nixon knew what he was doing. https://t.co/GO1hnxmE8z— John W. Dean (@JohnWDean) August 5, 2020
This Axios interview with Trump is so ridiculous it feels like a parody of itself— Julie (@buliejoyle) August 5, 2020
Last night we watched the entire Axios interview, which is free on YouTube. Swan is fair and kind but relentless, and unequivocally exposes Trump as the foundering dope he is.— Greg Olear (@gregolear) August 5, 2020
Every voter MUST watch this. Our civic duty is to share it far & wide.https://t.co/Jwm601K2O6
Had a discussion with a Trump supporter who said that Jonathan Swan was rude to Trump in the Axios interview & that Trump put Swan in his place.— *you're (@RKJ65) August 5, 2020
After pushing to get this guy to provide examples of Trump putting Swan in his place, the guy admitted he hadn’t watched it.
Trump during his Axios interview pic.twitter.com/hDJDH2r2zG— Marco Sav (@MarcoSav93) August 4, 2020
Do you think the Axios interview is the best anyone in the media who’s interviewed Trump to date put him in his place & made him look like the fool & liar he is?— Official Account of "Bad" Brad Berkwitt (@BadBradRSR) August 5, 2020
I watched the Axios interview and I’m starting to wonder about the sophistication of the charts they are sharing with Trump. pic.twitter.com/0oUtGyEwVS— Sea Tea (@Tierno158) August 5, 2020
final thoughts Swan/Axios interview w/ Trump. yes, well done. but holy geez folks, we should’ve seen these types of interviews in April, May 2017 (!)— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) August 5, 2020
facts it took 3 yrs represents huge failure of DC press