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All of Trump’s infomercial yesterday went down the tubes because he can’t be confronted with his own words, especially when he thinks only his base listens to Sean Hannity.

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Trump may have gotten the “38” from here:

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— Andrew Jerell Jones Luke 1:37 (@sluggahjells) March 30, 2020

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— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 31, 2020

Of course, Alcindor’s question was long precisely because Trump insisted on interrupting it. Over and over:

ALCINDOR: Thank you, Mr. President. I have two questions. The first is, you’ve said repeatedly that you think that some of the equipment that governors are requesting, they don’t actually need. You said New York might need —
THE PRESIDENT: I didn’t say that.
ALCINDOR: — might not need 30,000.
THE PRESIDENT: I didn’t say that.
ALCINDOR: You said it on Sean Hannity’s, Fox News.
THE PRESIDENT: I didn’t say — come on. Come on.
ALCINDOR: You said that you might —
THE PRESIDENT: You know, why don’t — why don’t you people act — let me ask you: Why don’t you act —
ALCINDOR: You said some states —
THE PRESIDENT: Why don’t you act in a little more positive? It’s always trying to “get you.”

We won’t reprint the entire exchange in this space; it’s available here. The abridged version is that Alcindor wanted to ask the president about a comment he’d made in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators,” the president said. “You go into major hospitals sometimes, and they’ll have two ventilators. And now, all of a sudden, they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’”

He repeated that advice, defended his actions vis-a-vis the states and then engaged in this bit of pique:

THE PRESIDENT: We’re all on the same team. You know, when — when journalists get up — and you’re a journalist, a fine journalist —
ALCINDOR: I was quoting you directly from Sean Hannity
THE PRESIDENT: — when journalists get up and ask questions that are so threatening — we’re all on the same team.
ALCINDOR: I was quoting you directly from your interview with Sean Hannity.

Though Trump is a blabbermouth, he managed to bundle a sexist and racist jab in the span of five words. “Be nice. Don’t be threatening” — those admonitions play off expectations of how women should behave toward men and stereotypes of black people, respectively…

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