President Trump and his supporters like to pretend he’s some five-dimensional chess genius, but in reality, he wears his heart on his proverbial sleeve — and by sleeve, we mean Twitter account. The president took to the internet late on Tuesday afternoon and shared a video of 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl not wearing a mask in an extremely weird and ineffective attempt to mask-shame the veteran reporter after their interview together.
Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come. pic.twitter.com/0plZG6a4fH
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2020
The president might as well have tweeted out “MY INTERVIEW WAS TERRIBLE AND I HATED IT BECAUSE STAHL MADE ME LOOK LIKE A FOOL AND ANSWER QUESTIONS I HATED” for all the subtlety this message conveys.
Why else would he be desperately seeking for anything to lash out with just minutes after the conclusion of the interview? Especially on the issue of mask-wearing, which the president was a vocal opponent of until he caught the COVID-19 virus a few weeks ago!
Reporters quickly confirmed that yes, the president had thrown a tantrum and walked out.
Apparently there was some drama while President Trump was taping his 60 Minutes interview today. He abruptly ended his solo interview after around 45 minutes & did not return for a scheduled walk & talk he was supposed to tape with Pence, @abdallahcnn and I are told by sources.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 20, 2020
One of the most embarrassing and really just sad aspects of the Donald Trump presidency is his irrepressible need for adulation from his cheerleaders in the right-wing media machine and his complete inability to tolerate any kind of concentrated questioning from non-sycophantic reporters, reacting with a fit of rage at the merest suggestion that anything he’s done might not be the most perfect political act humanity has ever known.
Social media immediately began hammering the president for being such a sensitive snowflake:
This is not news – you don’t wear a mask. What’s your point?
— Heather Bucha Whaley (@HeatherWhaley) October 20, 2020
you of all people, mr president pic.twitter.com/cJY0RtlyEh
— David Mack (@davidmackau) October 20, 2020