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Dan Bongino: Trump’s '60 Minutes' Interview Was ‘PhD Course in How to Handle the Liberal Media’

Emily Ward
By Emily Ward | October 16, 2018 | 12:42 PM EDT

Radio talk show host Dan Bongino (Screenshot)

Dan Bongino of “The Dan Bongino Show,” while filling in for Mark Levin on Monday on Levin’s nationally syndicated radio talk show, “The Mark Levin Show,” called President Donald Trump’s Sunday night interview on “60 Minutes” a “PhD course in how to handle the liberal media.”

“What Trump did in that interview was just beautiful, and it is a PhD course in owning the libs, completely,” stated Dan Bongino. “It is a PhD Course in how to handle the liberal media. He does not accept the premise of the question and turns the question into an answer he wants to answer, not an answer that’s already, you know, that, that they, they think they’re going to get out of him by, by a pre-existing narrative and trying to advance it.”

Bongino’s remarks came in response to Trump’s answers to CBS journalist Lesley Stahl’s questions during an interview on “60 Minutes.”

Below is a transcript of Dan Bongino’s remarks from Mark Levin’s show on Monday:

“What Trump did in that interview was just beautiful, and it is a PhD course in owning the libs, completely. It is a PhD course in how to handle the liberal media. He does not accept the premise of the question and turns the question into an answer he wants to answer, not an answer that’s already, you know, that they, they think they’re going to get out of him by, by a pre-existing narrative and trying to advance it. He re-frames it in his way.

“Perfect example was the question about Washington, D.C., where Trump starts talking about how bad the media is. This is a, a— This is Trump’s narrative. It’s a narrative that’s true, by the way, that the media is biased against the American people, who are, who happen to be conservative or even moderate Republicans. This is a, that’s almost tautological.

“Trump knows that. Trump is comfortable with that territory, talking about the media and their bias towards working-class Americans and others, right? So what does he do? He re-frames it.

“Lesley Stahl, who’s smart – she’s, listen, she’s not dumb. She’s very bright. She’s just a liberal. She’s a liberal, you know, pretending to be a journalist, right? She automatically senses Trump’s getting into this media war. She knows that works for him, and she tries to stop him. She cuts him off.

“By the way, she interviewed him – I saw something on Twitter today – 64 times? And when they interviewed Obama, they interrupted him four times. But we figured that because that’s what they do, right?

“She interrupts him to stop him because she knows she’s now playing on the away basketball court here. She knows it. She’s playing in his territory. She tries to stop him, and he doesn’t have it. He doesn’t have it. He keeps going and going because Trump knows that authenticity sells, and he’s going to be authentic even if it comes with battle scars and all. That’s Trump’s M.O. He is not going to talk in focus-group tested talking points. He’s going to talk like Donald Trump talks, period. End of story, right?

“So the takeaways here, for anybody thinking about or interested at all in running for office, becoming a conservative activist, takeaway number one is: you re-frame the question and re-frame the argument to an answer you want to give, not to the pre-existing narrative they want to advance.

“Trump does it all the time. Watch. You know, folks, they sell this guy short constantly – constantly. The liberal media paints this guy as some kind of a buffoon, yet he is constantly having them back on their heels. So, it makes no sense.

“Now, he did something else that’s important, not just that he turned around and re-framed this thing. He got the last word in. This is critical. He would not let Lesley Stahl in that ‘60 Minutes’ interview get the last word in. He gets the last word. He did it constantly, and he did it one time, and what happened? What’s the benefit of getting the last word in? Come on, this is simple. This is really easy. The benefit of getting the last word in is you talk last, and that’s what everybody remembers.

“Stahl tries to stop him on, when he goes on this, when he goes on attack with the media, right? And he keeps going, and then he says at the end, ‘And you know, Leslie, and that’s why I’m President, and you’re not.’ And boom! That’s what everybody remembers at the end.

“Folks, that’s what – I think this is the tough time the media is having with this guy. They don’t understand that it’s this sense of, again, battle scars and all, an authentic, natural way of conversation. Sometimes it’s, sometimes it’s heated, sometimes it’s not. There are hills and valleys. There are the natural vicissitudes of the conversation. He goes up; he goes down, but when he hits, he hits hard. And people are attracted to that authenticity.

“So he understands he has to re-frame it, number one, and secondly, he understands fully that he needs to get that last word in. And he did, and that’s what everybody remembered.

“‘Because I’m President, and you’re not.’”

Editor's Note: On “60 Minutes” President Trump said, “Hey, it's okay. Leslie, it's okay. In the meantime, I'm president, and you're not.”

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