Trump aides fought for months to keep him from doing what he did this morning/the thing that makes him happiest – just calling Fox and Friends and talking as if it was one of his private conversations.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 26, 2018
For Trump’s lawyers this must be like watching your toddler play in traffic.
— FiteMeHat (@Popehat) April 26, 2018
As the economists say, If something cannot go on forever, it will stop. I know there have been plenty of what looked like breakpoints before, but yesterday’s Fox call-in really did go… ON BEYOND the weirdness horizon.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) April 26, 2018
Per the Atlantic:
… [I]f Trump can’t avoid problems, he can at least try to grab the spotlight himself when they crop up. That’s what the president did during a wide-ranging and characteristically bizarre call-in to Fox and Friends Thursday morning. It was the president’s first television interview in some time—he called in to another Fox show two months ago—and he didn’t hesitate to make news, if not sense. The hosts seemed shell-shocked when it was over.
“I think he was awake and had a lot to say,” Steve Doocy said.
“He is a morning person,” Brian Kilmeade replied.
Summarizing the interview would be impossible, but a number of moments stood out. Trump appeared to contradict earlier denials, saying Michael Cohen had represented him in a matter with Stormy Daniels, who has alleged an affair with the president. He defended Jackson, saying the allegations against him were false. He repeatedly threatened to intervene in the Justice Department, and accused former FBI Director James Comey of crimes. He appeared to endorse the popular vote over the Electoral College. He disclosed new details of talks with North Korea. For good measure, he complained about Hillary Clinton and the Democratic primary debates two years ago…
“It is all lies and it is a horrible thing that is going on, a horrible thing,” Trump continued. “Yet I have accomplished with all of this going on more than any president in the first year in our history. Everybody, even the enemies and haters admit that. We have accomplished more than any president in the first year by far.” No part of this statement is true…
The hosts also asked Trump to weigh in on a series of supportive tweets by Kanye West on Wednesday. He attributed West’s comments to dropping black unemployment, and suggested that the GOP could win over African American voters. “People don’t realize, if you go back to the Civil War the Republicans really did the thing. Lincoln was a Republican,” he said, citing an extremely well-known fact.
As the interview reached its end, the hosts tossed the president a softball, asking him how he’d grade his performance. His grade was predictable—A+—as was the meandering nature of his answer. He didn’t miss the chance to bring up Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election. He noted his Electoral College triumph, but said, “I would rather have the popular vote because it’s, to me, it’s much easier to win the popular vote.” Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes…
"We're running out of time" Doocey says to Trump. On what planet would a TV host end a freewheeling interview with a president?
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) April 26, 2018
When you know he's talking himself out of that very presidency? https://t.co/bqa4vxyP2l
— ana marie cox (@anamariecox) April 26, 2018
Fox News actually cutting Trump off in mid-rant feels like we really are moving into a new act in this dark comedy.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) April 27, 2018
Not to mention three Foxbots wearing the expression when you’ve realized Great-Uncle Donny has dropped his Alzheimers prescription and started self-medicating again.
Alexandra Petri, at the Washington Post:
… “I did watch a liar-leaker — ” Here Steve Doocy laughed a hollow, uncomfortable laugh, as though by the mechanical motion of laughter he could stave off the dawning realization of the horror of his position, trying to get the president of the United States, spouting unhinged factless theories about conspiracy, off the television before he caused himself legal trouble, “and his performance, by the way, was horrible.”
It began to be clear that he would never leave, that they would be trapped here with him as long as the sun burned, with people from other Fox departments having to run in periodically with sandwiches and bottled water as the president continued to speak in one great, burning, horrible loop, that these would be the clothes that they would die in, and that, worst of all, they would learn nothing….
“And you look at the corruption at the top of the FBI. It’s a disgrace. And our Justice Department, which I try and stay away from, but at some point I won’t,” Trump said.
“Okay,” said Kilmeade, as though that were not a horrifying and alarming statement in every regard.
“Our Justice Department should be looking at that kind of stuff, not the nonsense of collusion with Russia. There is no collusion with me — ”
“All right,” Earnhardt said, trying frantically to remember whether America had agreed on any kind of safe word before the election.
” — and Russia, and everyone knows it,” Trump said.
“Everyone,” Kilmeade said. “We could talk to you all day but it looks like — ”
“Sure,” Trump said.
” — you have a million things to do.”
“Well, you could have,” Trump began.
“But I hope you can join us again, Mr. President,” Kilmeade said, since Fox decorum I guess prohibited shouting, “GET OFF THE PHONE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY.”
And the president kept going!…
— nyrs_rangers (@nyrs_rangers) April 26, 2018
Nixon on Fox & Friends
"And you look at the weak locks at the Watergate, not even padlocks, just flimsy locks, which by the way, should have been stronger locks, but Democrats don't like strength, and you look at how easy it was to go inside those offices, and files left out…"
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) April 26, 2018
Of course, there were those who claimed to love the whole catastrophuck…
Listening to @realDonaldTrump having fun and swinging from the hips on @foxandfriends and wondering why he hasn't been doing this more. This works. He's the best promoter of his own record and people.
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) April 26, 2018
Betty’s “ambulatory cream cheese sculpture” epithet may have been too generous to Mr. Hewitt, TBH.