Amanda Head and John Solomon interview President Trump.

I’ve now been around President Trump enough to have a point of comparison for his mood and demeanor. Earlier this week, my co-host John Solomon and I sat down with the 45th President to discuss a broad range of topics. The last time I interviewed President Trump was in the spring. During that spring interview at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump seemed highly agitated with the direction the country was going. That hasn’t changed; he’s still frustrated as we all are. But in this most recent interview, his demeanor was slightly different. More on that in a moment. The sense of urgency I gathered from him in the spring was the result of multiple news items coming not only out of Washington, D.C. but on that day, the state of Georgia. The previous weekend he held a rally in Georgia that as you can imagine in the traditionally red Peach State, was very well attended. However, once again, the media lied about crowd size. When at rallies President Trump points to the media risers and tells them to turn their cameras around, it’s not a gimmick. He’s not doing it merely to drum up jeers and censure from the crowd toward the people on those risers. It’s precisely because they lie time and time again about his crowd sizes, his popularity, and anything else their witless readers will mindlessly consume. This time, the offending “news” organization was Georgia Public Broadcasting who had estimated his crowd to be roughly one-quarter of what it was.

This week, as soon as the President arrived on set where our production was, again at Mar-a-Lago, he pulled John and me aside. We discussed topics for the interview, all of which 45 were amenable to. We’ve grown accustomed to the “no topics off limit” status with him, as has the rest of America, since he has always been so transparent. After we settled on the main topics of the interview, we got mic’d up in our chairs and began rolling. This time, President Trump’s agitation was extremely focused, like steam coming out of a teakettle spout. We covered everything from Republican Party politics and the likelihood of success in the November midterm elections to President Trump’s $475 lawsuit against CNN. I gleaned the same sense of urgency from him as I did in the spring interview, but this time around, his answers during our sit-down seemed like they came straight from a playbook he has yet to officially debut to the American people. 

The million-dollar question I asked him regarding his possible candidacy in 2024, he answered as expected. “If you think about it, I did much better in 2020 than I did in 2016. And we got 12 million more votes. We had 63 (million). And then we ended up with at least 12 million, I say much more than 12 million more votes. So people often say, ‘what was the difference between 2016 and 2020?’ And I’ll say, well, actually, the difference was we just did better rallies, we were much better. We did a much better job in 2020. But things happened that should never be allowed to happen again,” said the 45th President. He then joked that he would sidestep the election fraud comments because he didn’t want our show to get canceled. Since I was unsatisfied with his ambiguity on the 2024 question, I probed further. I asked if that trajectory of expanding on votes from 2016 to 2020 would continue into 2024. He said, “I think it will. I think that if I decide to do it, look at the rallies. You’ve seen the rallies. I think they are bigger than ever. We were in Alabama, we had 63,000. We were in Texas with 87,000 people showing up and the one in Ohio the other night and in Michigan… I mean, these are tremendous rallies that are packed.”

The biggest difference between the spring interview and this week’s interview was in his clarity of position. Not that President Trump did not have that before, but this time around it seemed much more aggressive. During his time in office, he fought the bureaucracy and establishment very hard every day to put America first. As we have all seen on both sides of the aisle, that mentality and policy were relatively novel for Washington. President Trump not only received pushback from Democrats, establishment media, Hollywood, and legacy academia. He was fighting against factions of his own party. Factions who, for decades, have sought their own self-interests and came to Washington to fatten their bank accounts and expand their investment portfolios instead of creating a more perfect Union and a better country for all. This is a president who, for the first time in modern history, watched his wealth contract while he was in office instead of expand. He never took a salary. He put his own businesses to the side while he fought for America both at home and abroad. 

One has to wonder what, if not a sense of duty to save America, would compel him to run again. He lost wealth and his family was subjected to relentless criticism. Any normal human wouldn’t want to go another round. But this is not your typical politician. It’s Donald John Trump. After the November elections, we can all stop wondering, “is he…?” 

I will be back with the President on Saturday in Minden, Nevada for his rally and will be reporting from the infamous media risers. For those who are wondering, when I’m on that riser and the President is pointing and looking at us, I always make sure I’m smiling at him so he knows we’re not all bad. I’ll post a video from the ground on Saturday so for those who can’t come, you’ll get a good view of what’s happening. 

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