On Trump's Full, Flowing, Magnificently Brilliant Answers

Stahl checks out the "many things" they've done for health care. Twitter photos

Oh dear. Poor little snowflake Donny has been super busy throwing tantrums after he got his feelings hurt again by one of those mean girl reporters. Because it's not like there any other issues he should be addressing, Trump spent much of the last two days insulting, attacking and feuding with CBS' Leslie Stahl in the wake of a 60 Minutes interview in which she started with the query, "Are you ready for tough questions?" - and then, shockingly to a guy who rages at the notion he should be held accountable for his atrocities, actually dared to ask some. In fact, he was so indignant he complained about her uppitness through the whole interview, from the patronizing, "That's no way to talk" to the haughty, "It's inappropriate." "You're so negative," he whined, repeatedly charging she didn't ask Biden such hard questions. “The press is biased, very very biased.” Worst of all, Stahl challenged his stream of lies - he didn't call Fauci an idiot, he didn't call for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to be locked up, he didnt beg suburban women to like him for keeping scary black people out of their neighborhoods, it's "totally verified" Obama spied on his campaign. And he was totally telling the truth on health care - after saying the quiet part out loud he hopes SCOTUS ends Obamacare - that his great new plan, reportedly, famously in the works for four years, "will be here in two weeks - it's going to be something like we've never seen before...It is developed, it is fully developed, it is going to be announced soon." (Santa Claus will be here soon, too.)

Trump seemed especially infuriated Stahl was mean about health care because, earlier, he'd theatrically given her a big fat book on the issue. “Kayleigh McEnany presenting Stahl a big binder chock full of some of the many things we’ve done for Healthcare," he tweeted with photos. "Lesley had no idea!” Lamentably, Twitter users quickly noted the photos - echoes of his "work" at Walter Reed etc etc - seemed to show blank pages. Still, they gamely wondered what else was in the binder:  Obituaries of the 225,000 people he's killed? Lists of the 20 million he plans to throw off health insurance? The page citing "the fact I've been self-employed for eight years and can't afford health insurance?" When the binder routine didn't stop Stahl from continuing to confront him, Trump grew more and more agitated; finally, he refused to take part in a walk-and-talk with Pence - whose own interview was a marvel of wooden, smarmy, speechifying sociopathy - and walked off in a huff. Then he went back to his bunker and threatened to post the interview on his own to expose the media's "bias, hatred and rudeness." On Thursday, he did, thus violating an agreement with CBS like he daily violates the Constitution, the Emoluments Clause and common decency. It was "a first in television history," he rage-tweeted, to reveal "the vicious attempted 'takeout' (sic) intervew of me." "Watch (Stahl's) constant interruptions & anger," he wrote. “Compare my full, flowing and ‘magnificently brilliant’ answers." R-i-g-h-t. The most stunning thing about yet another journalistic cataclysm: Trump apparently thought the video made him look good. We are without speech, but eager for Nov. 3.

STAHL: What about people with pre-existing conditions?

TRUMP: I’ll protect it. Will be totally protected

STAHL: How?

TRUMP: They’ll be protected Lesley

STAHL: How?

TRUMP: I mean the people w/ pre-ex are going to be protected

STAHL: How?

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TRUMP: As they are now

STAHL: How?

Somehow, he still hasn't got the one-handed drink down.

"Blank," observed one tweet. "Accurate." 

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