President Donald Trump on Thursday gave a nearly hourlong phone interview on Fox Business in which he rambled about the novel coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and possible future debates.
From suggesting without proof that he could have contracted COVID-19 from a reception held for Gold Star families — and not during the mask-less Supreme Court nominee ceremony to which other such cases have been linked — to calling vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris a “monster” and a “man-woman,” Trump, at times, seemed nonsensical. Some political analysts pointed out that the interview resulted in taking attention away from Vice President Mike Pence’s performance during Wednesday night’s debate.
“She’s a communist. She’s not a socialist, she’s well beyond a socialist,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo, adding the false claim that Harris wants to “open up the borders to allow killers and murderers and rapists to pour into our country.”
Still ill (although unclear the severity) with COVID-19, Trump said of his decision to leave the hospital, “I’m back because I am a perfect physical specimen and I’m extremely young.” The 74-year-old, who doctors have noted is clinically obese, added, “And so I’m lucky in that way.”
Trump also said he would not take part in the upcoming Oct. 15 presidential debate after it was announced that it would be done virtually for health and safety purposes. Political analysts pointed out that a debate of that nature would not allow Trump to hoard all the time and attention by constantly interrupting and talking over his opponent.