Millions of Americans were enthralled Monday evening by the gut-wrenching speech given by Pat Smith, the mother of one of the four men killed in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Not among them, however, was man-of-the-hour Donald Trump.
The presumptive Republican nominee instead chose to call into Fox News' “The O'Reilly Factor” to discuss the convention and his wife Melania's much-anticipated speech.
People quickly noticed:
During the nearly 10-minute interview, Trump:
- Voiced his frustration with Ohio Governor John Kasich for skipping the convention;
- Called it “pure fiction” that he was unsure at any point about choosing Pence after offering him the VP spot; and
- Suggested that he recommended Ohio to the RNC for the 2016 convention.
Probably the most telling moment, however, was when Trump declared that — if elected — he would consider ordering the Justice Department to investigate the Black Lives Matter movement:
He also gave host Bill O'Reilly a preview of his acceptance speech on Thursday. Trump noted that he has “many themes” in addition to the general “Make America Great Again” concept he's promoted throughout the campaign:
"I have many themes. And one of them is obviously law-and-order and that's coming up more and more because I'm feeling more and more strongly about it. ... So we'll be talking about that.
I'll be talking very very strongly about borders and security, and that part of law-and-order but I didn't view it was much a part of law-and-order. I viewed it as borders before to stop crime in this country and stop other problems and help with employment and lots of other things.
We'll be talking about the wall. We'll be talking about the tremendous tax decrease we're gonna be giving, the biggest of any candidate — Republican or Democrat. So we're gonna be doing a major, major tax cut.
And we're gonna get rid of a lot of regulations that are just absolutely killing — just killing businesses...
We're gonna fix our depleted military. We're gonna take care of our veterans. We're gonna get rid of Obamacare and come up with a plan that's so much better and so much less expensive, and many other things.
So it's gonna be a very a pretty large speech from the standpoint of what it's going to be."
Watch Trump's interview with O'Reilly in its entirety, below.
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