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There’s a lot to unpack here.
Here’s are a few of the more wild comments made during the interview:
1) Hannity goads crowd into voting for Trump in 2020
When discussing coal jobs and jobs in the energy sector, Trump said he “likes” Pennsylvania because he went to college in the state, but Hannity quickly interrupted him–reminding him that he won the state during the 2016 election.
“You also won Pennsylvania, right?” Hannity said, before addressing the crowd. “Is he going to win Pennsylvania in 2020 too?”
The crowd cheered.
2) Trump doubles down on ‘fake news’
Trump’s near-constant attacks on the media didn’t stop for Hannity’s interview.
“Media is bad, they are really dishonest people. These are very, very dishonest people in many cases,” he said. “When you’re the one being written about, you know if it’s good or bad—and it’s always, they try and make it negative. So the media—I call it fake media. It is fake. So much fake news.”
Hannity asked the crowd if they agreed, eliciting a large cheer.
3) Trump is confused by a military song
In the middle of the interview, the loudspeakers in the hangar began playing “Retreat,” which signals the beginning and end of a day.
Trump seemed confused by the sound.
“Are they playing that for you or for me?” Trump asked, before answering his own question by praising Hannity: “They’re playing that in honor of his ratings. Did you see how good his ratings? He’s beating everybody.”
Hannity replied that he thinks his ratings will be higher due to the president being interviewed.
4) Trump says ‘you’ve probably heard’ about the hurricanes
While discussing the GDP, the president said they were “really rocking” and hoped to see continued growth in the future. However, he thought one issue might slow growth in this quarter.
“But we got hit with a few hurricanes, as you’ve probably heard, that will have, I assume, an impact,” he said.
5) Trump says there is violence in Chicago because police have to be ‘politically correct’
Hannity asked Trump how he would help “minorities” who need protection after bringing up the violence in Chicago. Trump said that “minorities want police protection more than anybody,” and completely glided past the reason for much of the frustration people of color have with the police for disproportionately shooting unarmed people in their community.
Trump said the violence in some parts of the country, like Chicago, is because “incredible” police are unable to do their jobs.
“I don’t know what they’re doing in Chicago to have this many shootings and this many killings,” he said, later adding: “We have incredible police in this country, they could stop it if they were allowed to do their job. Sean, in many cases it’s the police are not allowed to do their job. They have to be politically correct.”
He did not specify how the police were not able to do their job.
6) Trump misunderstands how national debt works
In an attempt to both criticized former President Barack Obama’s time in office and pat himself on the back, Trump mangled an explanation about how the national debt works by linking it to rises in the stock market.
Trump to Hannity tonight. This is … not how it works. pic.twitter.com/Odwc6cGcyO
— Philip Bump (@pbump) October 12, 2017
In case you’re confused: Rising stock prices and the national debt are largely unrelated.
7) Trump responds to his ‘calm before the storm” remarks
Hannity asked the president about the tensions between the United States and North Korea, saying that at some point things were going to “come to a head.”
Trump took the toss-up question and ran with it.
“You can say what you want—this should have been handled 25 years ago, it should have been handled 20 years ago, and 10 years ago, and 5 years ago, it should have been handled by numerous—not just Obama—but certainly President Obama should have taken care of it,” he said. “Now it’s at a point where it’s very, very far advanced. Something has to be done… We’re gonna see what happens.”
You can watch the entire interview here.