Trump leaves NPR interview early after interviewer gets combative

Former President Donald Trump is being criticized for exiting an interview with National Public Radio recently after being questioned about his belief that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. 

According to The New York Post, the former president ended the interview abruptly when his interview began to push back on Trump’s continued claims that the 2020 election should be delved into further. 

The talk that was scheduled to be 15 minutes reportedly only went nine when “Morning Edition” host Steve Inskeep was left to work with what he had: 

“Rounds is wrong on that, totally wrong,” said Trump. “If you look at the numbers, if you look at the findings in Arizona, if you look at what’s going on in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, by the way — and take a look at Wisconsin — they’re finding things that nobody thought possible. This was a corrupt election,” Trump said, combating comments from Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) who said recently that Trump didn’t win in 2020.

Inskeep then pointed to the results of an audit from CyberNinjas — a firm that helped conduct an audit of votes in Arizona’s Maricopa County after which their founder said they didn’t see massive problems with ballots: 

“The ballots may correspond, but look at the ballots themselves,” Trump said. “The number of ballots doesn’t mean anything.

“It’s who signed the ballots, where did the ballots come from. What you really have to do in that report is look at the findings. And the findings are devastating for Arizona.” 

Inskeep persisted, noting other doubtful Republicans who have not gotten on board with Trump’s analysis of the fraud that he believes was perpetrated: 

“Well, you take a look at it,” Trump groused. “You take a look at Detroit. In fact, they even had a hard time getting people to sign off on it because it was so out of balance. They called it out of balance. So you take a look at it. You know the real truth, Steve, and this election was a rigged election.”

Shortly after, Trump called a halt to his portion of the talk, seeming to indicate that he saw no positive way for the interview to proceed.