US President Donald Trump has spoken with Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo – his first television interview since the election.
US President Donald Trump has spoken with Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo - his first television interview since the election.
Ms Bartiromo opened the interview on Sunday with a question about election fraud, telling Mr Trump, "The facts are on your side." Mr Trump responded, falsely saying, "This election was a fraud; it was a rigged election."
There is no evidence the election was rigged or there was election fraud.
The Fox anchor then reflected the president's anger, saying, "This is disgusting and we cannot allow America's election to be corrupted."
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The interview highlighted that Mr Trump is "unable or unwilling to accept reality," CNN's Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter said.
False allegations over voting issues
"We had glitches where they moved thousands of votes from my account to Biden's account," Mr Trump falsely told Ms Bartiromo as he continued to bash mail-in voting and incorrectly claimed "dead people were applying to get a ballot."
In addition to Mr Trump's unwillingness to acknowledge Joe Biden won the election, Ms Bartiromo's unchallenged acceptance of Mr Trump's false narrative also presents a danger to American democracy, said CNN's Senior Media Reporter Oliver Darcy on Reliable Sources.
"News organisations — and I think Fox claims to be one — have a responsibility," Mr Darcy said.
Mr Trump's disinformation campaign about the election is less a cohesive strategy and more about throwing spaghetti at the wall in the hope that something sticks, Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution said.
"What he's running right now is a classic ," Mr Rauch said.
He added that Mr Trump's intention is to "flood the zone" and "confuse people" by pushing out conspiracy theories, lies and half-truths.
The fact that his conspiracy theories have gained so much traction shows that Mr Trump's strategy has been effective at gaining support from Republicans - if not for overturning the election result.
When it comes to Mr Trump's skills in this area, Mr Rauch said, "I think he's better than Putin."
Mr Rauch added that President-elect Joe Biden has done a good job of "not rising to the bait of every single conspiracy that's thrown out there."
'I came up with vaccines'
Nearly an hour into the interview, Mr Trump finally discussed the coronavirus pandemic that continues to spiral out of control.
Although America continues to hit new records for coronavirus infections, Mr Trump claimed that the United States is more in control of the pandemic than other nations, a fact belied by America's higher infection rate than many countries.
"We're doing better than the rest of the world," Mr Trump told Ms Bartiromo, speaking about the way the coronavirus has been handled in the United States.
As of Sunday, there are more than 13 million COVID-19 cases in the US and more than 266,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus complications.
Mr Trump also took credit for drug companies' vaccine trials, which have resulted in far-better-than-expected efficacy rates.
The Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed, funded some pharmaceutical companies' research, development and eventual distribution of the vaccine, but some companies with successful vaccine trials - such as Pfizer (PFE) - did not participate in the administration's program.
"I came up with vaccines that people didn't think we'd have for five years," Mr Trump said. In fact, pharmaceutical companies - including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Novavax - created the vaccines.
Sunday's interview came after a long streak of silence for Mr Trump. People who work closely with the president have avoided answering questions about the election, avoiding questions about the president's efforts to overturn the election.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/us-election-2020-donald-trump-gives-first-tv-interview-since-poll-defeat/f65ee127-d41b-48ad-a27f-15ac3957df8c