Sunday night, CBS aired Lesley Stahl’s interview with President Trump on 60 Minutes. As expected, they sparred on issues ranging from immigration to fake media. It was their discussion on the media that led to Trump’s funniest line. He stated, “The thing I’ve really learned is I never knew how dishonest the media was and I really mean it. I’m not saying that as a soundbite. I never knew how dishonest the media was.” When Stahl tried to change the subject, Trump landed his zinger.
Stahl jumped in: “I’m going to change the subject.”
Trump responded, “No. You asked me a question, I’m not finished yet.”
Stahl: “I’m going to run your answer, but I want to move on.”
Trump: “I’m just saying you treat me differently than Obama.”
Stahl: “I disagree, but I don’t want to have that fight with you.”
And then it came . . .
Trump: “Hey, it’s okay, Leslie. It’s okay. In the meantime, I’m president, and you’re not.”
Certainly, one can argue that Trump’s response was not “presidential,” whatever that means these days. But for those who believe that the media has mistreated conservatives for years, Trump’s quip put a smile on their collective faces. For those who believe the media has treated Trump the same as they treated President Obama – it’s unclear what planet they are living on.
Trump deserves credit for going on 60 Minutes. Rarely did President Obama venture far beyond media outlets that praised his administration 24/7. And for those who wish Trump would be less boastful and more presidential (there’s that word again), they will be waiting for awhile.
You might argue that Trump was elected despite the way he treats the press. I disagree. Trump was elected because of the way he treats the press. And that is not likely to change any time soon.