Jonathan Swan interviews President Trump on the COVID pandemic response, Russian accountability, and U.S. racial unrest.

By Nathan Yax
08/14/2021 • 02:53 AM EST

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: appeal to anonymous authoritysee definition - insisting something is true because an unnamed expert, study, or generalized group (like 'scientists') say it's true.
: "All of the experts" were against travel bans, but are now all saying they are glad he did it, without identifying who those experts are.
: adding qualifierssee definition - adding an extra word or phrase to a response, which makes it ultimately meaningless, but still leaves the desired impression.
: Trump says nothing like this has ever happened before, "other than 1917," which is not saying something like this has never happened before.
: cherry pickingsee definition - presenting only evidence that confirms your position, while ignoring or withholding an often more significant portion that contradicts it.
: Trump lists only countries that are worse off with Covid than the U.S., while ignoring the vast majority of countries that are better off.[1]
: passing the bucksee definition - shifting blame onto someone else for self-exoneration or to direct attention away from those really at fault.
: For the ramifications of Covid-19 in the U.S. to China.
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: Before the pandemic, China had their slowest economic growth in 29, not 67 years.[2]
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: While unemployment was near historical lows, it was not "the greatest economy ever in history" or even in U.S. history.[3]
: fault as virtuesee definition - technique where a weakness is presented as a strength, by focusing on any positive aspect of it.
: Trump characterizes his overseeing 40% more preventable U.S. Covid deaths as something to be grateful for, considering he could have "gone herd" (taken no measures at all to mitigate Covid).[4]
: appeal to anonymous authoritysee definition - insisting something is true because an unnamed expert, study, or generalized group (like 'scientists') say it's true.
"Those people that really understand it" praise the federal response to Covid, without identifying who those people are.
: red herringsee definition - throwing an irrelevant fact into an argument to divert attention from the real issue at hand.
: Trump brings up his crowd size in Tulsa, which has no relation to the question of why he chose to hold an indoor rally during the Covid-19 pandemic.
: red herringsee definition - throwing an irrelevant fact into an argument to divert attention from the real issue at hand.
: Trump now brings up the ratings for the Tulsa event, which also has no relation to the question of why he chose to hold an indoor rally during the Covid-19 pandemic.
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: All Trump supporters don't listen to the media or public health officials, but only listen to Trump.
: passing the bucksee definition - shifting blame onto someone else for self-exoneration or to direct attention away from those really at fault.
: For the ramifications of Covid-19 in the U.S. to the governors.
: cherry pickingsee definition - presenting only evidence that confirms your position, while ignoring or withholding an often more significant portion that contradicts it.
: Trump lists only states he thinks Covid rates have fallen, while ignoring the average death toll nationally has been climbing for weeks.[2]
: passing the bucksee definition - shifting blame onto someone else for self-exoneration or to direct attention away from those really at fault.
: For the ramifications of Covid-19 in the U.S. to China.
: appeal to anonymous authoritysee definition - insisting something is true because an unnamed expert, study, or generalized group (like 'scientists') say it's true.
: There are "those that say" you can test too much, without identifying who those people are that say that.
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Trump credits only testing for more reported Covid cases, while ignoring the positivity rate, since testing alone can't detect Covid cases that aren't already there.[2]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Trump mentions Covid testing didn't even exist when he took office, without mentioning Covid didn't exist when he took office.
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Trump credits only testing for more reported Covid cases, while ignoring the positivity rate, since testing alone can't detect Covid cases that aren't already there.[2]
: false equivalencysee definition - implying that two things are essentially the same, when they only have anecdotal similarities.
: Between the U.S. Covid fatality rate (% of those infected that have died), which is relatively low world-wide, and the U.S. Covid mortality rate (% of the population that has died from Covid), which is exceptionally high world-wide.[5]
: innuendosee definition - implying something without actually saying it, which can't be refuted because it wasn't actually said.
: Trump seems to imply South Korea may be falsifying their Covid data.
: cherry pickingsee definition - presenting only evidence that confirms your position, while ignoring or withholding an often more significant portion that contradicts it.
: Trump lists only states he thinks Covid rates have fallen, while ignoring the average death toll nationally has been climbing for weeks (including in Florida and Texas).[2]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The "many people" was Colin Powell, who said commanders on the ground didn't think that it was as serious a problem as the media reported.[6]
: minimizationsee definition - characterizing something that you don't want to address as trivial or insignificant, in order to shift the focus away from it and onto "more important" things.
: Trump trivializes his inaction on Russian bounties on the heads of U.S. military personnel, in light of China and the problem of nuclear proliferation.
: red herringsee definition - throwing an irrelevant fact into an argument to divert attention from the real issue at hand.
: Trump brings up reading comprehension, meeting times, and global conflicts, which have no relation to the question of whether he read his daily brief about Russian bounties.[2]
: muddy the waterssee definition - bringing up irrelevant facts to confuse or complicate an issue, which may otherwise be relatively simple and easy to understand.
: Trump brings up prior U.S. intervention, Nicholson's job performance, the meaning of "arming," and Russia's history in Afghanistan, while not addressing whether Russia should be held accountable for arming the Taliban.
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: The U.S. troop level is indeed roughly the same as it was when Trump took office.[2]
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Taking the credit for defeating ISIS, when the military strategy used was largely inherited from the Obama administration.[2]
: false equivalencysee definition - implying that two things are essentially the same, when they only have anecdotal similarities.
: Between Hillary Clinton floating the possibility of contesting the 2016 election, if foreign interference was proven, to a sitting president just not accepting the results of an election.[7]
: FUDsee definition - making dire warnings or raising doubt about an issue, while provided little or no specifics or evidence to support the claims.
: Warning that universal mail-in voting will lead to massive voter fraud, when there's no evidence that mail-in voting will lead to massive voter fraud.[8]
: FUDsee definition - making dire warnings or raising doubt about an issue, while provided little or no specifics or evidence to support the claims.
: Suggesting that, in the time it takes to count the votes for the election, there will be cheating, while providing no evidence to suggest there will be.
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: 10-years is the MAXIMUM penalty for damaging federal property and the 10-year penalty is not something new.[2]
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Trump shifts the focus from his antagonism towards BLM to a group of protestors' antagonism towards the police at a BLM-inspired march in 2015.[10]
: scapegoatingsee definition - placing unmerited blame on a person or group to channel societal resentment and frustration towards a common adversary or powerless victim.
: China.
: false equivalencysee definition - implying that two things are essentially the same, when they only have anecdotal similarities.
: Between just the raw number of whites killed by police and the raw number of blacks killed by police, when the number of blacks killed is proportionately twice the rate of whites.[2]
: trollingsee definition - making inflammatory or controversial comments to provoke a strong, emotional reaction from an opponent.
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Taking the credit for African American economic advances that were already well underway in the final years of Obama's tenure.[2]
: red herringsee definition - throwing an irrelevant fact into an argument to divert attention from the real issue at hand.
: Trump brings up feeling snubbed by John Lewis, which has no relation to the question of how history will remember the legacy of John Lewis.

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References
4. "Lancet commission examines Trump's COVID response". ABC News. Published: February 11, 2021.

6. "Trump's Four-Pinocchio interview on Russian bounties". The Washington Post. Published: July 30, 2020.