If someone decides to write a sequel to the late John F. Kennedy’s work, "Profiles in Courage," don’t expect to see a chapter devoted to Joe Biden.
After President Trump’s hour-long, no-holds-barred interview with Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace that aired the Sunday-before-last, everyone wondered when it would be the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s turn.
Wallace dedicated his entire July 19 edition of "Fox News Sunday" to the Trump interview, during which not a single softball question was tossed the president’s way.
Despite the fireworks and uncomfortable questioning, Trump thanked everyone afterwards.
"Thank you for the good reviews and comments on my interview with Chris Wallace of @FoxNews," he said. "We may have set a record for doing such an interview in the heat. It was 100 degrees, making things very interesting!"
One would think that it would be Biden’s turn now, right?
Trump team senior legal advisor Jenna Ellis thought so.
"Will Joe Biden do a sit down interview for an hour with Chris Wallace under the same conditions as President Trump?" she asked. "No questions in advance or any topic off limits? No teleprompter or notes or handlers in his ear? Why not?"
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had the same question.
"President Trump was the big winner in the interview with Chris Wallace," he observed. "He proved he could take the heat sitting outside for tough questions from Wallace. Let’s see Biden get interviewed for an hour even in air conditioning. It would be embarrassing."
And Wallace thought so also. He believed that Biden is "going to have to be more exposed" than he’s been so far in the 2020 presidential contest and "take questions just as tough as the ones I asked this president," and praised Trump’s performance in the interview.
"The president is out there. He's out there in this broiling heat with me for an hour, took all the questions. You can like his answers or dislike them, but he had answers," the "Fox News Sunday" host said.
Trump routinely makes himself available to questions from members of the White House press corps, and he also submitted to an extensive interview at the White House with Sean Spicer on Newsmax’s "Spicer & Co." last month.
Act for America founder Brigitte Gabriel, who, as a survivor of terrorism has courage in spades, also had questions.
"When is Joe Biden going to do a full hour interview with Chris Wallace?" she asked. "He owes the American people answers to basic questions. Joe Biden hasn’t done one single interview or press conference that didn’t involve pre conditions and teleprompters."
She concluded, "This is complete nonsense!"
As far as that goes, some people would be thrilled if a reporter were to simply ask Biden what year it is — just to see what decade he thinks he’s living in.
It turns out that the former vice president was asked to appear for a similar one-hour grilling, according to Forbes politics reporter Andrew Solender.
"Just now on @FoxNews, Chris Wallace said he asked @JoeBiden for an interview but his team said he's 'not available,'" Solender reported Sunday afternoon.
"Not available," as in never available? He’s too busy for the next 100 days to demonstrate his mental acuity and get his message out directly to the American people?
Newsmax TV’s Howie Carr opined two months ago in a Boston Herald column that "Joe Biden is going to beat Joe Biden," and that scenario is looking more likely by the day.
Over the weekend, with 100 days remaining until the election, the Biden campaign told NBC News that it’s "firing on all cylinders" to take its message to voters into the fall.
Well, to be clear, they’re not firing on all the cylinders. The "courage cylinder" is misfiring, and to succeed in the job he’s applying for, courage is perhaps the most important cylinder of them all.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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