You just took your last best shot at staving off a criminal investigation, and it blew up in your face. You’re two weeks away, at most, from having to testify in that scandal. More Americans would rather see you in prison than in the Oval Office. Your legacy as the worst President in United States history is already cemented; you’re only down to deciding how painful you want your early exit from office to be for you. What do you do?
If you’re Donald Trump, you run and hide like the scared little wuss that you are. We’re not just talking about the fact that he’s fled, yet again, to Mar-a-Lago for the weekend, although that alone means he’s given up. Here he is trying to take his last shot at convincing the American people that he belongs in this job, and he promptly runs off to a golf course in Florida. But he’s also running and hiding in a far more conspicuous manner.
Modern U.S. Presidents all give a Super Bowl pre-game interview to the television network airing the game. These interviews are never particularly hard hitting or politically important; it’s just tradition. Everyone goes through with it, even when they don’t want to. President Obama sat for an awkward interview with Bill O’Reilly. Neither of them wanted to be there, but you just go with it. Except, of course, if you’re Donald Trump.
Last year the Super Bowl was on Fox, so Trump showed up and gave an interview to the only network he likes. But this year the Super Bowl is airing on NBC, and Trump is refusing to show up and give the traditional pre-game interview. Why? He’s rather obviously afraid of having to face even medium-difficult questions about, well, anything. Everything is going wrong for him right now. He’s afraid to show his face, and we all know it.
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