CNN presenter Jake Tapper wrapped up a combat interview Sunday with Trump’s senior campaign adviser, Lara Trump, by pressuring the president’s daughter-in-law into openly mocking Joe Biden’s well-known stutter, sparking a tense exchange of the Democratic candidate’s mental fitness.
On top of CNN State of the Union on Sunday morning, Tapper noted that he had tried to book members of the White House coronavirus working group, senior White House officials or CDC and FDA officials to discuss moderate efforts to combat the pandemic.
But the White House rejected all requests, so the resigned Tapper welcomed Trump.
The anchor veteran immediately began his interview by holding a Saturday rally for the president in Michigan, at which participants chanted “Lock her up!”
“I guess they said she was threatened,” the president said contemptuously of a Democrat who often pointed to a special feud. He also seems to agree with the chant, casually adding, “Lock them all.”
Tapper came in early and often.
“Don’t you think the president should cut it when he talks about people who literally threatened his life at this very, very difficult time?” Tapper wondered aloud, pointing out that Whitmer’s team had said that violent rhetoric toward the governor escalates every time Trump does. Whiter also wrote in the same tweet as soon as Trump made his statement on Saturday.
But Lara Trump turned away, saying she was also receiving threats on social media, urging Tapper to say “I condemn him right now,” and he would tell all Democratic politicians to repeal it if they added fuel to the fire. Then he pressed her again to see if her father-in-law should lower the temperature.
“He didn’t do anything, I don’t think he provoked people to threaten this woman at all,” Trump said. “He was having fun at a Trump rally. And frankly, there are bigger problems right now than there are for everyday Americans. “
“So I think people are disappointed and look, the president was at a rally,” she continued. “It’s a fun, light atmosphere. Of course, he did not encourage people to threaten this woman. “
Tapper replied quickly, “I don’t think locking her is fun.”
The two then engaged in heated movement for the rest of the interview, with Trump repeatedly removing Tapper’s sharp questions on issues such as Trump’s contempt for wearing masks and the president’s latest negative coronavirus test. This made Tapper increasingly frustrated with her evasion and reliance on Trump’s talk points.
Bringing in Biden’s stuttering, Tapper highlighted for the first time a moment from the Democratic National Convention in which 13-year-old Briden Harrington told how Biden helped him with his own stuttering, contrasting that with footage of Trump making fun of the former Veep. to “get the words out. “
“How do you think it makes young children stutter when they see you making such a comment?” Tapper followed.
But Trump said she never knew the former vice president had long suffered from stuttering – an excuse used by other Trump allies in the past – before repeating to the right that Biden was suffering from a “cognitive decline” and that’s what he was talking about. .
“I think you were making fun of his stuttering, and I don’t think you have the right to judge someone’s cognitive decline,” Tapper said.
“I think the Trump family will be more sensitive to people who don’t have medical licenses and diagnose politicians from afar,” he continued as Trump tried to talk about him. “Many people have diagnosed your father-in-law from afar. I’m sure he’s insulting you. You have no position. “
Trump tried to claim she hadn’t diagnosed Biden, but instead thought he was “concerned about a lot of people” watching Biden fight on stage, prompting a CNN anchor to finally end the interview.
“I am sure he was from a troubled place [for Biden]”He’s dead. We all believe that.”