In Wild Bartiromo Call, Trump Mocks ‘Tough Guy’ Powell, Calls Vietnam An ‘Abuser’, Says US Should Sue Tech Companies

In Wild Bartiromo Call, Trump Mocks ‘Tough Guy’ Powell, Calls Vietnam An ‘Abuser’, Says US Should Sue Tech Companies

Whenever Donald Trump calls into Fox for a telephone interview early in the morning, you know America is about to be treated to an incoherent, rambling stream of high-octane insanity. That is not hyperbole. Some of the president's most spectacular diatribes have come during call-in interviews with Fox anchors, who, until recently anyway, Trump could depend on to pitch him softballs and never push back. Well, on Wednesday, the president called Maria Bartiromo. It was quite something. On the Fe
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6 thoughts on “In Wild Bartiromo Call, Trump Mocks ‘Tough Guy’ Powell, Calls Vietnam An ‘Abuser’, Says US Should Sue Tech Companies

  1. Two observations:
    (1) On Powell: “…nobody ever heard of him before, and now–uh–I made him.”

    To some extent this is true, Fed Chairman is a prestigious economic position. But to boast that someone was completely “made” by the appointment, and thus had so little prior value, the logical conclusion is that that person was not really qualified for the job–especially where the position is all about experience and competency.’

    This can be explained away by Trump’s warped sense of value as a function of name-recognition, publicity, and ‘casting look’ (i.e., how well you look for the position–prime reason for Yellen getting canned). Nevertheless, it’s a pretty stunning portrait into how Trump thinks about identifying, vetting, and hiring “only the best people.”

    That is, they’re only “the best” until and as long as they’re Trump’s people. (see, “Dumb as a Rock and totally unequipped” Rex Tillerson).

    (2) On Tariffs: “…since tariffs have gone on our market has gone through the roof, if you know what I’m talking about.”

    Trump, like any armchair economist, clearly thinks he has identified the causal relations of the stock market. By his own admission, his calculus, based on a primordial narcissism, is elegantly simple: stock market high, what I’m doing caused it; stock market low, someone else is screwing me.

    This gets really scary when Trump is able to say that the stock market is at an all time high after his burgeoning trade wars (emphasis plural). Anyone who is holding out hope that tariffs will not be a major part of Trump’s foreign and trade policy moving forward should take a good hard look in the mirror.

    Or jump on the Trump Train and stop asking questions.

  2. This interview is almost as good as some of his interview with Hannity last week. Here’s a couple gems from that – “Sean, I’ve rebuilt the military, it was totally depleted, when I came in we had planes that were so old they couldn’t fly.”

    After Sean expresses his concerns about the escalation with Iran and worries about what the Russians and Chinese are really up to in the Middle East, Trump replies “Sean, don’t worry about a thing, everything’s under control”

    I almost fell off my chair laughing…

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