Trump is back on Fox News and it was as bad as you would expect

Conrad Duncan@theconradduncan
Wednesday 17 March 2021 10:44
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Donald Trump returned to Fox News last night for one of his first extended interviews since leaving office in January and it was as bad as you’d expect...

The former president appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s show on Tuesday to discuss immigration at the US border, Joe Biden’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and bizarrely Meghan Markle.

You can find a round-up of some of the key moments below:

Trump claims courts did not ‘have the courage’ to overturn election results

Despite leaving the White House in January, Trump has continued to push false claims that the 2020 presidential election was conducted unfairly.

On Tuesday night, he claimed that US courts “didn’t have the courage” to overturn election results after his campaign’s numerous legal challenges were defeated…

As ever, it’s worth noting that no credible organisation found evidence of widespread voter fraud in last year’s presidential election.

Trump claims he ‘came up with the vaccine’

The former president has repeatedly tried to take credit for the successful creation of coronavirus vaccines – and bizarrely argued last week that Americans would not have got a jab “for five years” without his work.

Last night, he claimed it was his administration that “came up with the vaccine” – a statement that doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny.

While the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed programme offered funding to various vaccine projects, the US was simply one of many countries that helped to fund vaccine development last year.

For example, as Bloomberg noted in November 2020, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (one of the key jabs being used in the US) did not take part in Operation Warp Speed and instead received funding from the German government.

Trump on Meghan Markle running for president: ‘I’m not a fan’

Bartiromo also asked Trump about a bizarre rumour that Meghan Markle might be considering a presidential run in 2024, citing an unnamed British politician who said the Duchess of Sussex had been “networking” with senior Democrats.

The former president told Fox News that if the rumours were true, he would be even more inclined to run again.

He said:

“I hope that happens, because if that happened, I think I’d have an even stronger feeling towards running...

“I happen to think, I know the Queen, as you know. I have met with the Queen and I think the Queen is a tremendous person, and I am not a fan of Meghan.”

As if Trump vs Clinton wasn’t bad enough...

Trump encourages his supporters to get the vaccine

In a rare moment of self-awareness, Trump acknowledged that his supporters were some of the people who were most likely to refuse a coronavirus vaccine.

However, the former president recommended getting the jab, arguing that it was a “safe vaccine” which worked well.

“I would recommend it and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don’t want to get it and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly,” Trump said.

“It is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works.”

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