Lesley Stahl’s 60 Minutes performance is causing quite a stir

Days before that 60 Minutes interview with veteran journalist Lesley Stahl, President Donald Trump was already taking to Twitter to tell fans he wasn’t happy with her, or with the way things had gone when she spoke to him as part of the show’s election special. The interview first made waves because Trump famously walked out before it ended — but it turns out there was much more to talk about than just his abrupt departure. He tweeted: “I will soon be giving a first in television history full, unedited preview of the vicious attempted ‘takeout’ interview of me by Lesley Stahl of @60Minutes. Watch her constant interruptions & anger. Compare my full, flowing and ‘magnificently brilliant’ answers to their ‘Q’s.'”

The edited interview, which viewers got to watch on Sunday night, didn’t exactly position Lesley Stahl the way the president might have hoped. Instead, it showed a calm and collected 60 Minutes correspondent who got under Trump’s skin; as one Twitter user put it: “Lesley Stahl represents every woman in America. Women showed up to march against him the day he was inaugurated and it will be women who vote him out on Nov 3. Strong women are the backbone of America.” Another pointed out: “I am glad Trump leaked the 60 minutes interview earlier. It let us make two videos that got over 4 million views and was the #1 trend in all America and now we get to watch Lesley Stahl dismantle Trump again, followed by Pence looking like a spineless coward!!!”

Lesley Stahl was criticized by Trump's supporters

Lesley Stahl had her critics, too, like fellow conservative colleague Bill O’Reilly, who offered his take on the interview, saying, “Here’s a fair assessment of the 60 Minutes interviews. Lesley Stahl asked President Trump a series of ‘you are screwing up’ questions. Norah O’Donnell asked Biden open-ended questions where he was not on the defensive as Mr. Trump was and could give non-specific answers.” Actor Randy Quaid also praised the president, saying, “Trump’s handling of Lesley Stahl’s attempted Fake News hit job was pure genius, a masterful parry; & Trump won debate with appropriate outrage tempered with a stinging syringe of facts. Trump is America’s life raft out of this sea of corruption.”

But that didn’t stop the social media praise: “Shoutout to #LesleyStahl the real star of tonight’s #60Minutes idk how she didn’t walk out of the interview before trump, the way he’s talking.” Another said: “Hahah. Trump said Biden can’t deal with dictators. Lesley Stahl almost made Trump cry and she’s 78 with no weapons, no nation, no army, just her questions and Trump nearly cried.”

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