Donald mocks 60 Minutes interviewer Lesley Stahl as 'zippo'

Lesley Stahl: Are you ready for some tough questions?

President Donald : You're gonna be fair?

Lesley Stahl: Are you g--

President Donald : Just be-

Lesley Stahl: I'm gonna be fair.

President Donald : Just be fair.

Lesley Stahl: But you're okay with some tough questions?

President Donald : No, I'm not. I mean--

Lesley Stahl: (LAUGH) You're not okay with tough questions?

President Donald : I want them to be fair. You-- you don't ask Biden tough questions.

President Donald : Okay. Are you ready--

Lesley Stahl: You ready? Everybody ready? So we have the pandemic. On your watch, we've had racial strife, we've had looting. Why do you want this job? Why do you wanna be president again?

President Donald : Because we've done a great job and it's not finished yet. And when I finish, this country will be in a position like it hasn't been maybe ever. The economy is already roaring back. And-- other people aren't gonna bring it back, certainly the person that we're dealing with is not gonna bring it back. They're gonna raise taxes.

Lesley Stahl: Let me ask you what you think your-- the biggest domestic priority is for you right now.

President Donald : Well--

Lesley Stahl: Or next year.

President Donald : Ultimately, le-- let me-- and I-- I'll tell ya, it was happening. We created the greatest economy in the history of our country. And the other side was--

Lesley Stahl: You know that-- you know--

President Donald : --coming in-

Lesley Stahl: --that's not true.

President Donald : It is totally true.

Lesley Stahl: No.

It isn't, but President did have an impressive string of economic accomplishments.

President Donald : We had the best stock market price ever and we're getting close to that price again. The unemployment numbers for African Americans, for Asian Americans, for Hispanic Americans. Virtually every number was the best. And what was happening is things were coming together—

Lesley Stahl: I asked you what's the priority? I mean, those are all the good things--

President Donald : The priority now--

Lesley Stahl: --what do you have to solve?

President Donald : --is to get back to normal. Get back to where we were. To have the economy rage and be great with jobs and everybody be happy. And that's where we're going, and that's--

Lesley Stahl: And--

President Donald : --where we're heading.

Lesley Stahl: And who is our biggest foreign adversary?

President Donald : I would say China. They're an adversary. They're a--

Lesley Stahl: They're the biggest?

President Donald : --competitor. They're a foe in many ways, but they're an adversary. I think what happened was disgraceful, should never have happened. Should-- they should never have allowed this plague to get out of China and go throughout the world. 188 countries. Should never have happened.

Lesley Stahl: Four years ago, you were behind in the polls, as you are now, and you pulled it out. But this time, you have kind of a double migraine. You have unemployment claims going up. You have COVID cases going up. I mean, it's like the gods have suddenly decided-- decided to conspire against you--

President Donald : I don't think so at all, no. I think we've done--

Lesley Stahl: Well, what about the--

President Donald : --a great job with COVID.

Lesley Stahl: Sir, excuse me, cases are up in about 40 states.

President Donald : Okay-- you know why cases are up also? Because we do more testing. The fake news media loves to say cases are up. The fact is, we've done a very, very good job--

Lesley Stahl: Cases are up.

President Donald : We have done-- that's right because we're doing so much testing.

There is increased testing, but according to the COVID Tracking Project, that doesn't account for all of the rise in new cases sweeping the country, or the 40% increase in hospitalizations in the past month.

Lesley Stahl: When you're out there saying we've turned the corner, this thing is disappearing--

President Donald : That's right. We have turned--

Lesley Stahl: --and people can see--

President Donald : --the corner. We have turned the corner.

Lesley Stahl: --people can see cases going up all over the-- in the Midwest, in the Mountain West, record numbers of cases--

President Donald : We have turned the corner.

Lesley Stahl: --in some states.

President Donald : We understand the disease. We understand the elderly, and we are taking care of them like nobody's ever taken care of 'em. So we are taking care of our people.

Lesley Stahl: Okay. Let me-- let me ask you something about suburban women.

President Donald : Yeah.

President at a rally:Suburban women will you please like me? Please, please. I saved your damn neighborhood, okay?

Lesley Stahl: You said the other day to suburban women, 'Will you please like me? Please, please--'

President Donald : Oh, I didn't say that. You know, that's so misleading, the way y-- I say jokingly, 'Suburban women, you should love me because I'm giving you security.' And I got rid of the worst regulation-- see, the way you said that--

Lesley Stahl: Yeah?

President Donald : --is why people think of you and everyone else as fake news. I said kiddingly, 'Suburban women, you should love me.' I got rid of a regulation--

Lesley Stahl: You said, quote--

President Donald : --that would bring low-income housing into suburbia that is destroying-- that would destroy suburbia. And I said that in a joking way. The way you have it, it's like, 'Oh,' like I'm begging. I w-- I'm kidding. Play it, and I'm kidding. That is such a misleading question, Lesley.

Lesley Stahl: But you're behind with suburban women in the polls.

President Donald : I doubt it. I doubt it. I really doubt it.

Lesley Stahl: One of the reasons is that they don't feel you're being upfront about the pandemic. Are you deliberately downplaying it?

President Donald : –we're rounding the corner. We're doing well. We're doing well. We understand the disease. We've done a good job. We've done maybe a great job. What we haven't done a good job on is convincing people like you because you're really quite impossible to convince, but that's okay. And the economy now is coming back and it's coming back very strongly, and people see that, Lesley.

Lesley Stahl: There are more unemployment claims-- I mean, the economy has kind of--

President Donald : Lesley, we just picked up--

Lesley Stahl: --stalled a little bit.

President Donald : --11.4 million jobs. It's the largest number in the history of our country--

It is true that of the 22 million jobs lost since February, 11.4 million have been restored. Yet, unemployment claims are running at historically high levels. But the president sees the economy as his strongest suit.

President Donald : Gallup did a poll, 56% of the people said that they're better off now, during a pandemic, than they were during Obama and Biden. 56%. It was a record number.

Lesley Stahl: Can we go back for one second to the pandemic, because-- you called Dr. Fauci and other health officials idiots.

President Donald : Where did I call him an idiot?

Lesley Stahl: You called them 'idiots.' I wonder if you think--

President Donald : Well, he's been wrong a lot. I like him, but he's been wrong a lot.

Lesley Stahl: --I-- I wonder if you think that masks don't work.

President Donald : I feel masks possibly work. But certainly you want to stay away a certain distance, socially distance, et cetera. But I would say a mask works. And I have nothing against masks. And I tell people to wear masks. I have no problem--

Lesley Stahl: Well, tell me then about these rallies you've been having--

President Donald : A lotta people are wearing masks, and they're outside.

Lesley Stahl: --with people-- a lot of people-- aren't. I'm-- I'm watching all these people jammed in together, and I'm seeing most of them without masks. And I'm wondering the message that you're sending with these pictures coming across television--

President Donald : Take a look. Yesterday we were in Arizona, record-setting rallies. Numbers of people like nobody's seen before.

Lesley Stahl: You used to have bigger rallies.

President Donald : No, these are much bigger than I ever had--

Lesley Stahl: Okay, I don't wanna bicker over that.

President Donald : You know, you're-- you're--

Lesley Stahl: Tell me about the mask wearing.

President Donald : --so negative. You're so negative. These are the biggest rallies we've ever had. You just come in here with that negative attitude. These are the biggest rallies we've ever had.

Lesley Stahl: But I can't believe, after what happened in the Rose Garden here, after the announcement, with all the people getting sick--

President Donald : Yeah.

Lesley Stahl: --that you are not being more strongly encouraging about wearing masks--

President Donald : I am.

Lesley Stahl: --at your rallies-

President Donald : I tell people to wear masks--

Lesley Stahl: But you don't.

President Donald : Lesley, we hand out thousands of masks at every rally.

Lesley Stahl: But you look out and they're not wearing them. You don't get up there and say, 'Look. You know, come on. I don't want you to--'

President Donald : What's your-- what's your next--

Lesley Stahl: --'get sick.'

President Donald : --question, Lesley? We're outside. The rallies are bigger than they've ever been. There's more enthusiasm than we've ever had. There has never been anything like what you're witnessing now, and you'll see that soon.

Lesley Stahl: Okay, I'll ask you another health question, okay? Told you. Okay. You promised that there was gonna be a new health package, a health care plan.

President Donald : Yeah.

Lesley Stahl: You said that it was, 'Gonna be great,' you said 'It's ready,' 'It's gonna be ready--'

President Donald : It will be.

Lesley Stahl: 'It'll be here in two weeks.' 'It's gonna be like nothing you've ever seen before.' And of course we

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