- Former President Trump abruptly barred an interview with an NPR reporter who pressed him with questions about his repeated lies that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen.
- The interview with veteran journalist Steve Inskip came after Trump and his team declined NPR’s requests for a one-on-one discussion after six straight years.
- Trump ended the call by asking a question about the deadly attack on the Capitol last year by a crowd of Trump supporters.
Former President Donald Trump suddenly Interview with an NPR Reporter who had pressured him with questions about his repeated lies that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen.
Tuesday’s interview with veteran journalist Steve Inskip came six straight years after Trump and his team declined NPR’s requests for one-on-one discussion.
They had agreed to speak for 15 minutes, Shows a transcript of the interview, But shortly after the nine-minute mark, Trump abruptly ended the call — just as Inskip began asking a question about the deadly invasion of the Capitol last year by a crowd of Trump supporters.
Inskip closed the interview with a question about the coronavirus pandemic, asking Trump what advice he would give to unaffiliated Americans, who are critical Republicans are more likely to lean than Democratic,
Trump initially encouraged the unaffiliated to vaccinate against Covid, taking the opportunity to attack the Biden administration’s vaccine requirements and then promote alternative COVID therapeutics.
Pressed to respond, Trump said, “I recommend taking them, but I think it should be a personal choice. I mean, it should be personal, but I recommend taking them.” “
Trump has previously said he has been vaccinated and received a booster shot.
The interview then turned to Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election. Trump never acknowledged President Joe Biden, and instead falsely claimed that he had won the race before the votes were even counted. He had spent months before November 3, 2020, sowing doubts about electoral integrity, and since his defeat, claiming that the race against him was rigged through widespread voter fraud.
Inskip asked Trump about comments from Sen. Mike Rounds, RSD, who over the weekend dismissed that election conspiracy.
“We just didn’t win the election as Republicans for the presidency,” Rounds said on ABC News. The GOP senator warned that “if we look back and tell our people, ‘Don’t vote, because, you know, there’s cheating going on,’ we’ll put ourselves at a huge disadvantage.”
Trump responded that rounds in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin “are finding things” without providing evidence before claiming the rounds are “completely false” — in the swing states he lost to Biden — showing the polls “corrupt.” ” Was.
Inskip noted that a controversial audit of election results in Arizona, which was commissioned by GOP officials and conducted by a group whose bosses spread pro-Trump conspiracies, concluded that Biden had played the most important role in the state. The big county won.
Trump nonetheless claimed the findings were “disastrous for Arizona” and cried out to Republicans who accepted the election results as “Rino”, an acronym for “Republican in Name Only” that Republicans criticize each other for. to use.
Inskip presses Trump about the dozens of unsuccessful lawsuits his legal team and allies have filed to try to reverse election results in key swing states. His own lawyers, Inskip said, had told the judges that he was not alleging fraud.
Trump responded that more information about the fraud was revealed later, and Then falsely claimed that “there were far more votes than there were voters”.“In major parts of the country.
“It is not true that there were far more votes than there were voters,” Inskip said. He then asked why Trump thinks most GOP senators aren’t entertaining his election lies.
“Because Mitch McConnell is a loser,” Trump said of the Republican Senate leader, whom he has repeatedly attacked in statements over the past year.
Trump later railed against Biden, asking incredulously how it could be that Democrats got 80 million votes “sitting in their basement” in the 2020 election.
Inskeep replied: “If you’ll excuse me, that’s probably because the election was about you.”
Soon after, Trump told Inkeep, “So Steve, thank you very much. I appreciate it.”
“Wow, whoa, whoa, I have one more question. I want to ask about the court hearing tomorrow, January 6th,” Inskip said, but Trump had already hung up.
“He’s gone. Right,” Inskeep said.