Sunday night marks Donald Trump’s first extensive interview as President-elect and not surprisingly he is already contradicting two of his major election positions: Hillary and Obamacare.
The 60 Minutes interview, which was conducted by Lesley Stahl and will be broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, took place at Trump’s Fifth Avenue residence in New York City, had Trump flanked by Melania, Ivanka, Tiffany, Eric and Donald, Jr.
To show the full scope of his reversals, here is a little reminder of what Trump said “Then” and what he is saying “Now.”
Trump on Hillary then:
In the months leading up to election day, Trump slung insult after insult at Hillary Clinton, from giving her the nickname “Crooked Hillary” and insinuating she should be tested for drug use. Even in the final minutes of the last time they appeared on stage together, he whispered into the microphone with his creepy predatory voice that she was a “Nasty woman.”
Trump on Hillary now:
In the interview, Donald was asked about Hillary’s call to concede defeat, to which he responded:
“So, Hillary called, and it was a lovely call, and it was a tough call for her, I mean, I can imagine. She couldn’t have been nicer. She just said, ‘Congratulations, Donald, well done.’ And I said, ‘I want to thank you very much, you were a great competitor.’ She is very strong and very smart.”
Trump’s bizarre turnabout even extended to Bill Clinton, who he continually painted as a “sexual molester” during his campaign.
“He couldn’t have been more gracious. He said it was an amazing run. One of the most amazing he’s ever seen. He was very, very, really, very nice.” Going on to describe him as, “a very talented guy.”
Trump on Obamacare then:
Trump voters voted for change. Well, they are getting what they wanted as Trump is also quickly changing his stance on Obamacare.
One of Trumps’ strongest stances was his promise to “Repeal and Replace Obamacare.” As far back as his Presidential Announcement Speech on June 16, 2015, Trump has blasted the Affordable Care Act, announcing to the crowd, “We have a Disaster Called the ‘Big Lie’.”
Reality perhaps settling in for the first time in his life, Trump is retracting his promise. In the interview, he concedes that he will not be doing a complete and immediate repeal, keeping in particular insurance for people with pre-existing conditions.
“It happens to be one of the strongest assets… It adds cost, but it’s very much something we’re gonna try and keep.”
Witness the words coming right from the horse’s mouth:
If this interview is any indication of the floundering to come, it may not just be anti-Trump protesters filling the streets soon. Let’s just hope the President-elect doesn’t waver too much from his Second Amendment stance in the meantime.
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