MSNBC's Rachel Maddow: 'I Don't Pay Any Attention' to What Trump Says

By Susan Jones | October 2, 2019 | 5:47am EDT
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow appears with CBS's Stephen Colbert, host of "The Late Show," on Oct. 1, 2019. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - MSNBC's Rachel Maddow admitted Tuesday night she doesn't "spend that much time" explaining Trump's side of the story.

"I watch what he does intently, but I don't pay any attention to what he says," Maddow told "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert.

Here's the full context:

Colbert told Maddow, "I didn't notice this before, but when it was pointed out to me by one of my producers, it makes sense, that you rarely play the president's statements or even talk about him specifically. You talk about the news surrounding the administration. You don't actually give him a lot of screen time.

"Yes," Maddow agreed.

"Why is that?" Colbert asked.

"Life is short," Maddow said. (They laugh). "You might (audience cheers) -- You might at any time fall down and be on crutches for a whole summer. [This happened to Maddow.] Would you want to spend the summer watching clips of the president to explain them after -- 'That isn't really true, what I think he was implying is a conspiracy theory that's not true--'"

Colbert joked, "Is it a candyman situation where you say his name three times and he appears behind you in the mirror?"

Maddow responded:

"I mean, I do think that there is something new about this president. All presidents have told a lie here and there. All presidents hate the press. All presidents try to spin you. That;s alwas happened But with this president he very rarely says anything that is an accurate, factual conveyance of information.

"And so you can't ever responsibly play his statements without, you know, putting an asterisk on them, explaining it and rebutting him. And that's exhausting. I'd rather talk about the news than talk about him." (Audience cheers.)

"The actual fact checking is daunting," Colbert clarified.

"Yeah," Maddow said. "So I just don't spend that much time-- I watch what he does intently, but I don't pay any attention to what he says."



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