The Craziest Interviews Given By the Trump Team
President Donald Trump’s staff and cohorts have said some pretty ridiculous things, both on and off the record. From profane interviews, to talking over show hosts, to saying things you just shouldn’t, it’s a real circus. We rounded up some of the most outrageous interviews given by the Trump team. The last one will especially go down in history.
1. Stephen Miller is escorted off the set by security at CNN
White House adviser Stephen Miller got escorted off the set of CNN’s State of the Union on Jan. 7, after a bizarre interview with host Jake Tapper. After Tapper questioned Miller on claims that appeared in Michael Wolff’s Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Miller became irate. The conversation then went off the rails when Miller repeatedly attempted to pivot the conversation toward criticism of CNN. He also referred to Trump as a “political genius” and talked over Tapper continually. Finally, the host said there’s “one viewer you care about right now” and cut the interview short.
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2. Anthony Scaramucci goes on a vulgar tirade
The man who served as White House communications director for 10 minutes gave a profane and deranged interview with The New Yorker. He also had choice words for chief of staff Reince Priebus. “Reince is a f**king paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said.
He continued, “‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f***king thing and see if I can c**k-block these people the way I c**k-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’” The “Mooch” holds himself in high regard. “The swamp will not defeat him,” he once said, of himself. “They’re trying to resist me, but it’s not going to work. I’ve done nothing wrong on my financial disclosures, so they’re going to have to go f**k themselves.”
Next: This next spokesperson coined a term we all know today.
3. Kellyanne Conway proves herself to be a master evader
The Trump adviser coined the term “alternative facts” and invented a terrorist attack at Bowling Green that never happened. Many of her interviews also verge on the bizarre, but her October appearance on New Day took the cake. In it, she said, “I’m not Inspector Gadget. I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign.”
She also refused to provide evidence the Trump campaign may have been spied on. “I’m not in the job of having evidence,” she said. “That’s what investigations are for.” At least Conway knows where her bread is buttered. “I know I’m great clickbait,” she acknowledged.
Next: You would think this media man would give better interviews. You’d be wrong.
4. Steve Bannon openly admits that Breitbart caters to racists
The former chief of staff has said some pretty outrageous things, and that has not stopped since he left the White House. In a 2016 interview with Mother Jones, Bannon admitted his far-right news site Breitbart serves as “ the platform for the alt-right.” He also acknowledged that the alt-right caters to racists.
“Are there racist people involved in the alt-right? Absolutely,” he said. “Look, are there some people that are white nationalists that are attracted to some of the philosophies of the alt-right? Maybe. Are there some people that are anti-Semitic that are attracted? Maybe. Right? Maybe some people are attracted to the alt-right that are homophobes, right? But that’s just like, there are certain elements of the progressive left and the hard left that attract certain elements.” In the same conversation, Bannon describes Islam as “a political ideology” and Sharia law as “like Nazism, fascism, and communism.”
Next: This backward viewpoint just scares us.
5. Mike Pence claims that smoking doesn’t kill
The vice president of the United States once said that smoking “doesn’t kill” in an editorial he wrote in 1998. That’s more than 50 years after Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry wrote the landmark report on smoking and health that started America’s smoking decline. “Two out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and nine out of 10 smokers do not contract lung cancer,” Pence wrote.
Actually, according to the American Cancer Society, cigarettes account for 30% of all cancer deaths and kill more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, HIV, guns, and drugs combined. Smoking also damages almost every organ in the body, including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, reproductive organs, mouth, skin, eyes, and bones.
Next: Of all the officials, we wanted this one to seem sane.
6. Jeff Sessions calls the NAACP and ACLU ‘un-American’
The attorney general lost an appointment as a federal judge in 1986 for a slew of racist comments, including calling the work of the NAACP and ACLU “un-American” according to transcripts published by The Washington Post. Sessions said that he believed the NAACP and ACLU lose support when they “involved themselves in promoting un-American positions … particularly foreign policy issues.”
Sessions also said he thought the organizations did more harm than good. He added that they “were trying to force civil rights down the throats of people who were trying to put problems behind them.” The anti-marijuana politician also said, “I thought those guys [the Ku Klux Klan] were OK until I learned they smoked pot.” He later explained that he intended that statement as a joke and that he sometimes did not watch his mouth as much as he could. That part, Mr. Sessions, rings true.
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7. Donald Trump himself (pick 1)
The president has given so many insane interviews, it’s hard to pick just one. In August, he did an interview with The Wall Street Journal that resulted in some pretty bizarre word salad. Politico released the entire transcript, but excerpts provide a good peek into the way the president’s mind works. Of the health care vote, he said, “And I — you know, I think I — you know, look, just don’t quote me on this unless it happens, but I think we have a pretty good shot.” You don’t get to pick what gets quoted, Mr. President.
Of his reception at a Boy Scout jamboree, Trump waffled repeatedly. “I’d be the first to admit mixed. I’m a guy that will tell you mixed. There was no mix there. That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix.” OK then. “I mean, you don’t hear the word Britain anymore. It’s very interesting. It’s like, nope.” Like, nope.
And finally: “We’re the people that are getting beat up — one of the reasons I think I’m talking to — I’m sitting behind this beautiful desk as opposed to somebody else.”
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