Waste the Nation was more like it as Dickerson asked no substantive questions. Not one.
Instead Dickerson pestered Pence about John Lewis pouting over President Trump's election, and about the totally discredited Russian dossier.
From the transcript:
JOHN DICKERSON: Five days from now, you will be the vice-president. Let’s start with some news. The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has decided to investigate Russian meddling in the election. That includes any possible contact between the Russians trying to meddle and the Trump campaign. What’s your reaction to that?
JOHN DICKERSON: Last week before that intelligence briefing, the president-elect said he felt like all these questions were part of a witch hunt. He’s now had some new information. There’s now the Senate Intelligence Committee. So does-- he no longer thinks this is a witch hunt, this investigation into Russian meddling. Is that fair to say?
JOHN DICKERSON: But there’s a distinction between that feeling about the press and legitimate inquiry, as you say, that the Senate Intelligence Committee is doing. Just to button up one question, did any advisor or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the election?Pence politely answered these dumb questions. Finally after the third one, Pence waded into substance.
MIKE PENCE: Of course not. And I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy. And the fact that a few news organizations, not this one, actually trafficked in a memo that was produced as opposition research and associated that with intelligence efforts I think could only be attributed to media bias. And as I said this week at a press conference, John, the American people are tired of it. We’re coming into this week with a great sense of optimism. The American people know that we can have government in Washington, D.C. as good as our people. We can get this economy moving again. We can rebuild our military.
JOHN DICKERSON: Let me move on--
MIKE PENCE: We can be standing tall in the world again. And those are the reasons why Donald Trump’s going to take that oath of office--
JOHN DICKERSON: Let’s--
MIKE PENCE: --on Friday.
JOHN DICKERSON: Let’s move to the world. What does Donald Trump feel about Vladimir Putin and Russia?Ha, ha, ha.
No we cannot talk about the economy or the military or anything but Russia. Dickerson went on and on and on about it - so much so that I wonder if he cleared his questions with John Podesta or Barack Obama.
Then came the John Lewis questions:
JOHN DICKERSON: Congressman John Lewis, who you served with, Democrat, told on Meet the Press that he did not consider Donald Trump a legitimate president. Your reaction to that?
JOHN DICKERSON: Let me ask you about a tweet he sent before that tweet in which he defended himself. Famous counter-puncher Donald Trump said that John Lewis was all talk and no action. I got a question. He has every right to defend himself. Let me ask you about the wisdom of defending himself. For five years, Donald Trump questioned the legitimacy of Barack Obama, that he wasn’t born in America, he was really the chief advocate of this so-called birther idea. Given that history, given that he’s about to be president, why swing at this pitch? Couldn’t he have just let it go by, be the bigger man, let John Lewis do his thing, move on? He’s about to be president of the United States. As you say, all those challenges. Bringing the country together. Why swing at this pitch?Good grief.
Not one substantive question in the interview.
Dickerson used meddle or meddling five times in the interview to describe Russia.
Tax? Not mentioned once. Obamacare? Not mentioned once. The wall? Not mentioned once. Immigration? Not mentioned once.
The nation is at war in Afghanistan and Iraq, eight years after electing a man who said he would end both. The economy is weak. The budget is not balanced. Trade deficits eat us alive. Democrats turned health insurance into an over-regulated, over-priced mess.
And Dickerson is asking about Russians and a tweet to a bitter ender congressman?
JOHN DICKERSON: One final question. Esquire has a report that the Trump administration is thinking of moving the press out of White House. Is that a logistical move or a punitive move?Trust me, it should be both.
John Dickerson is not worth anyone's time.
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