When you’re a Class-A political candidate running for president of the United States like Sen. Bernie Sanders is, you try to avoid the sensationalist, bullshit tabloid television circuit as much as possible, which is why Sanders has declined appearing on the The O’Reilly Factor ever since he threw his hat into the 2016 election ring. Miffed and arrogant, O’Reilly took it upon himself to send ambush “reporter” Jesse Watters to chase after the presidential candidate in Washington to get him to answer a few questions, instead.
After Watters leaped from the proverbial bushes, Sanders quickly stopped, kindly put his hand on Watters’ shoulder and said, “I don’t do ambush interviews, so if you want to talk to us, there’s my press secretary,” then headed down the hall.
Obnoxiously and undeterred, Watters replied, “Well, I do do ambush interviews and I just had a question for you,” right before he accidentally bumped Sanders with his microphone, sending the two into a quick little banter about who was “getting rough” with who. Sanders said, “Don’t push me. No, I didn’t get rough, you pushed me,” and Watters apologized, hurrying along to finish his question.
But what makes Watters think his ambush question in his ambush interview, just because he does do ambush interviews, will get a response from Sanders immediately after Sanders says, “I don’t do ambush interviews”?
There is never any intention, you see, of getting a response from Sanders. A response would just be a bonus, really. No, the real attempt is to show Sanders as if he is dodging a question in order to hurt his credibility. Oh, and what “gotcha” questions they are to trouble a person with as much on their plate as running for president of the United States! One question was as simplistic and idiotic as, “Are you afraid of Hillary?” Another inquired on O’Reilly’s behalf as to whether Sanders would “seize” his home should he become president.
Good grief. Is it any wonder Sanders just ignored him after informing Watters to speak to his press secretary?
Luckily, Sanders was able to get on with his work and away from O’Reilly’s gnat by hopping an elevator, to which Watters make a lame attempt at being polite and civil as if to appear a professional journalist for the public.
Surely, stunts like this are not going to get Sanders on “The O’Reilly Factor” anytime soon.
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