Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace corrected Trump’s false AOC garbage quote and then showed White House adviser Stephen Miller a Trump tweet about American garbage.
Here’s the video: at the end Chris Wallace digs up an old tweet of — surprise! — Trump saying, of Obama, “Everything he touches turns to garbage!” pic.twitter.com/RpizHuZG9r
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Transcript via Fox News Sunday:
WALLACE: But here’s what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — and he repeated that often, that somebody — he didn’t say it was AOC — has called the country garbage.
Here’s what you actually said talking about her proposals for the country: All of these things could sound radical compared to where we are, but where we are is not a good thing. And this idea of 10 percent better from garbage shouldn’t be what we settle for.
She didn’t say the country was garbage. She said some of the policies she opposes are garbage.
MILLER: It’s impossible to read the quote that way. The quote — what she’s trying to say is —
WALLACE: She said: This idea of 10 percent better from garbage shouldn’t be what we settle for.
She’s talking about her proposal.
MILLER: It’s literally impossible to read the quote that way. What she saying is there’s a debate in the Democratic Party in which some people want to improve, in her mind, 10 percent from garbage, which maybe we’ll say is Obamacare, where she wants to do, say Medicare-for-All, which she views being I guess 70 percent better than garbage.
Her point is where starting at garbage, so I want to go a little better than garbage.
WALLACE: I understand that. I understand it.
WALLACE: But she’s talking about — she’s talking about policies.
MILLER: She’s saying her starting point —
WALLACE: She’s not talking about the country and the people.
Is garbage such a horrible word?
MILLER: She’s saying that America in her view right now is garbage. But – –
WALLACE: No, no, I want to put something up in that regard because I want to put up a tweet from Donald Trump from 2014.
He wrote: The United States, under President Obama, has truly become the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. Everything he touches turns to garbage.
Stephen, that isn’t AOC. That’s Donald J. Trump.
Even Fox News isn’t on board with Trump’s racism
Miller responded by complaining that Trump’s “criticisms” read racist attacks were against Obama, while AOC was attacking the United States.
This is not true, and it was entertaining to watch Miller twist himself into knots trying to turn Trump’s racism into a pro-America virtue, while distorting, and inventing statements from AOC and Ilhan Omar.
It appears that even some employees of Fox News can see how dangerous and toxic the attacks from Trump are to the country. Fox News can see what Trump can’t. Flat out racism is not a winning strategy.
The wheels have fallen off for Trump to the point where Fox News is abandoning ship and challenging his racism czar.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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