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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Chaotic 60 Minute interview obviously no rehersal

Mike is an understudy. Donald Trump's hopes to consolidate the Republican party with the nomination of unpopular Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate. But, his choice was certainly difficult to understand during the Lesley Stahl 60 Minutes interview.  

In fact, the only clear outcome of the Sunday interview was that the two men, Trump and Pence, clearly didn't coordinate their communications. Indeed, it was a chaotic conversation.
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60 Minutes Lesley Stahl and Governor Mike Pence- the "Trump understudy"

Obviously, Governor Pence had difficulty explaining why he supports the Donald Trump draconian policies about his cruel policy on Muslims, or immigration, or the use of torture with captured terrorists and why the vice-president supported the Iraq War, among other policy misunderstandings. 

In fact, the only response to these inconsistencies from Trump was that "everybody makes mistakes". Nevertheless, Pence was never allowed to defend himself during the interview, unless he interrupted Trump. Yikes!

It was like having the caretaker of a memory impaired person speaking for the compromised patient while being assessed for senility.

Lesley Stahl didn't ask about Trump's income tax disclosure or whether or not Mike Pence would reveal his own IRS information. Moreover, Lesley Stahl did not ask anything about policy, like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act or how to improve Veterans care.  

In fact, I'm not impressed with Lesley Stahl's interview, which was another reason the chaotic responses by Donald Trump and Mike Pence made so little cohesive sense.  

Beyond Trump’s reported hesitance in deciding on Pence, the GOP nominee’s VP choice was surprising when one considers how Pence stands opposite to Trump on a variety of issues. Pence has been trying to patch things up over the past two days, but in their 60 Minutes sit-down, Lesley Stahl asked him about whether he condones Trump’s incredibly negative campaign after having prominently spoken out against political mudslinging.

Pence dodged Stahl’s question, saying that “this campaign and Donald Trump’s candidacy has been about the issues the American people care about.”  (What about gun-violence? Americans care about this  growing epidemic, but Trump wants more guns and can't explain his position on improving public safety, especially to protect the police.)

Stahl repeatedly pressed Pence on this, but Trump jumped in…(repeatedly int erupted him) and immediately took the interview in a negative direction.
My take away from the 60 minutes interview is this: Donald Trump and Mike Pence still need a lot of practise.  Even Sarah Palin did a better job coordinating her communications than the TrumpPence "who's on first" 60 Minutes debut.
http://www.wimp.com/whos-on-first-by-abbott-and-costello/

Lesley Stahl would've done just as well by creating a "jib-jab" version of this timeless Abbott and Costello classic skit:
http://www.wimp.com/whos-on-first-by-abbott-and-costello/

Clearly, Donald Trump and Mike Pence must do a lot more communications workshops together. Nevertheless, both of them are clearly unqualified to lead the free world.

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