I’ve recently challenged myself to make a foray into ‘enemy territory’ … conservative news venues. I’ve only begun, so I don’t have much yet, but you will be seeing a post or two this week about my findings. But this morning, as I was meandering about on Fox News’ site, I came across a short interview between Fox News host Chris Wallace and Trump spokeswoman, Mercedes Schlapp.
Now, we all know that if you are asked a tough question that you really don’t want to answer, your best bet is to either, a) change the subject, or b) look at your watch and say, “Oh my! Look at the time … I’m sorry, but I’m late for an appointment with my … chiropractor!” Essentially, Ms. Schlapp chose option ‘a’ when Chris Wallace asked her to explain why the Saturday night rally in Tulsa logged a ‘crowd’ of just under 6,200 people versus the one million who reportedly requested tickets.
Wallace: “We all saw the pictures last night. The arena was no more than two-thirds full. And the outdoor rally was canceled because there was no overflow crowd. What happened?”
Schlapp: “The key here is to understand there were factors involved, they were concerned about the protesters who were coming in.”
Wallace: “He talks about how he can fill an arena. And he didn’t fill an arena last night. You guys were so far off that you had planned an outdoor rally and there wasn’t an overflow crowd. Protesters did not stop people from coming to that rally. The fact is, people did not show up.”
Then Schlapp went of on a tangent, talking over Chris Wallace, bringing Joe Biden up repeatedly.
Schlapp: “Joe Biden has been a failed politician that has done nothing but support failed institutions. This is in contrast with President Trump who has a strong record and is rebuilding this economy.”
This is just a snippet from the interview. I found the video clip in several places, but when I tried to play it, I got this message:
I finally found one that works … at least it works for now, and hopefully you will be able to watch it. Note how often Schlapp deflects or goes off topic, and watch her faux smile slip every now and then …
While I don’t want to waste time focusing on how many people did or didn’t show up at Trump’s rally, the bigger point here is that, as usual, Trump and his spokespeople are deflecting and lying. People didn’t show up at the rally for a number of reasons … protestors were not one of those reasons. According to Tulsa police, only one protestor was arrested, though I question that, for I read of one, and blogging friend Suze tells me that her granddaughter was also arrested. Suze’s granddaughter was doing nothing wrong, actually had a ticket for the rally, but apparently somebody took offense at her Black Lives Matter t-shirt.
I was pleased to see Chris Wallace pursue the matter … he is, after all, on the Fox payroll! As for Mercedes Schlapp … the answer she should have given is that Trump and his campaign made a mistake in starting to hold rallies while the coronavirus is still raging throughout the nation. That was the answer … the only right answer.
I shall continue my foray into conservative sites and report my findings later! This project may require a jumbo bottle of ibuprofen and a case of wine!