Mediaite’s Colby Hall: Trump’s Health Care ‘Gambit’ Makes No Sense After ‘Best Weekend of His Presidency’


Mediaite’s Colby Hall appeared on The Young Turks for an interview with Cenk Uygur on President Donald Trump‘s abrupt turn to focus on health care, a move that has reportedly perplexed his allies on Capitol Hill.

Just days after it was revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller found insufficient evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, the president decided to wade back into the health care debate — which was a losing issue for Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections.

On TYT, Uygur took issue with networks like CNN that give voice to Trump surrogates who defend the president’s dishonesty on health care.

Hall replied by noting Trump’s ability to manipulate the media by throwing out distractions, but called it “a really weird play to come out with this health care gambit so soon after what was probably the best weekend of his presidency.” Hall also noted that even Trump’s defenders on cable news are perplexed by why he decided to reignite the health care fight now.

“When clearly he, nor  anyone in his administration really has any plan,” Hall said. “Clearly it’s a very complicated thing and he hasn’t thought any of this through. But if we know anything about President Trump, he just says whatever will please his audience for the next ten minutes.”

Mediaite’s founding editor continued that his “issue with the media” is that it fails to hold its pundits to account when they make predictions that turn out to be unfounded, like the conservatives who fear mongered about Obamacare back in 2009.

Hall singled out CNN analyst Rick Santorum, who crusaded against Obamacare during the previous administration, noting the former senator is now a lobbyist. “He is let off the hook,” Hall said.

Watch above, via The Young Turks.

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