Highlights from Trump’s Interview with Woodward Regarding SCOTUS
President Trump gave a series of interviews with Bob Woodward. Today, the Washington Post published some excerpts concerning the Supreme Court. Most of what Trump told Woodward is standard fare–he repeats the same points over and over again. There were a few new tidbits.
First, Woodward baits Trump by suggesting a statue of him should be built outside the Supreme Court:
Still, remaking the bench with conservatives is one of Trump’s key accomplishments, so much so that Woodward responded with a joke: “Maybe they’ll put a statue of you outside the Supreme Court.”
The president took to the suggestion instantly. “Oh, what a good idea,” Trump said. “I think I’ll have it erected tomorrow. What a great idea. I’ll think I’ll use it.”
But, Trump added, “I won’t say it came from me.”
Woodward is a good reporter. Woodward stroked Trump’s ego so Trump would say something outlandish. And nothing strokes his ego more than statues. Woodward succeeded. I recently watched All the President’s Men for the first time. (It is on HBO Max). Robert Redford captured Woodward well.
Second, Woodward asked Trump about the fact that President Carter had zero appointments. Trump relied, “He deserved none.” The Democrats had 61 seats during Carter’s first term and 59 seats during his second term. Imagine if White or Brennan or Marshall had retired early? Or if Douglas had stuck it
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