(This was foiled because he pointed it out, aloud.)
And it is, as I mentioned this morning, a mess.
Let's dig in.
"Terrible" seems both overwrought and out of place...
What did he appoint him Attorney General for, if not to reap the direct benefit?
Take the middle parts of this paragraph, for example.
What is, so far, is his lawyers. The new ones.
They say "It's in your best interest.", and he hears "This means he'll clear me."
Does this mean he believes there's no collusion?
He believes it doesn't count if you're not caught "fairly".
And he believes he's never caught fairly.
Trump is the other kind of kid, the kid who got away clean.
"The other day." He clings to this, possibly rewatches it, definitely relives it.
Like, that's the most sincere he's ever been. Announcing he'd caught the press lying.
I kind of think he might have taken a stab at it?
Sub "me" in for "the country" in this whole paragraph and it reads much more naturally.
"All the stuff with the... and whatever happened to the Pakistani guy?"
Worth pointing out again: Trump does not know he's being interviewed.
1. Everyone has agreed there's no evidence of collusion.
2. We can expect Robert Mueller to be fair.
3. It's in your best interest to cooperate.
Again, it's very clear that he doesn't understand the "tremendous, real problems" he's describing. That's going to become the major theme here.
Also note the part he repeats, about being head of the party?
Also note the way Trump skips over Roy Moore's sexual predation as just being some part of an unspecified "two things that happened" to cost him the election.
Or, you know. The same as a year of health insurance.
Which is to say it is completely incoherent.
But here's the thing:
All they have to say is, "That's interesting, tell me more."
That's not hostile.
Notice that Trump has no idea how to answer this question.
So he's talking about health care, and he has no idea there.
"We've ended across state lines."
He doesn't know what these associations as he calls them are or who created them. He knows there's something about "Across State Lines" but he can't remember if it's good or bad in his version (supposed to be good).
Now, I don't actually like pedants or grammar prescriptivists and I don't like class snobbery over how people talk so I want to emphasize this is not just He's Talking Wrong.
He's talking wrong.
Old dogs don't learn new tricks, but the old tricks pile up. They get backed up.
At that point, it's kind of incumbent on Schmidt to push back, I'd think?
As though every bill that passed didn't get *more*.
Which is a change.
He's responsible for everybody who voted for the healthcare bills, but not their failures.
"People say Paul Ryan is a policy expert. Would you say you know better than him?"
"You know the tax code better than any CPA. Could you explain more about that one year expensing?"
And Trump rejects it. Because what is he supposed to do, agree with a man? He's not gay!
"I'm moving in both directions."
Great place to ask: "Mr. President, I think a lot of people don't understand what chain migration is. Could you help us out?"
He's offended by the idea he has any improving to do.
Because to me, it sounds like.
It kind of sounds like he's talking about bribery?
Just to me.
Just a little.
And that's what's steering our ship of state right now.
Trump resents the fact that he's being asked about something he tweeted, resents that he has to be the one to do something, and has completely lost the thread of what they were even talking about.
It absolutely was a tweet, but he doesn't like it when people think of him as "tweeting all day". He wants it to be seen as media, an alternative to the "fake news". Hamfisted branding.
(It was after President Xi's visit to Mar-a-Lago, which included Trump getting schooled on the actual history and international relationship there.)
But they still happen
But they can't stop him from doing anything, while he holds the office.