President Donald Trump speaks with Sean Hannity in an interview about the 2020 Democratic race, coronavirus outbreak and more. Partial transcript below:
SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEW HOST: I understand the president is now on the line, the President of the United States -- the 45th President, Donald J. Trump.
Mr. President, thank you for being with us, sir.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Hello, Sean.
HANNITY: I want to tell you Gorsuch, I want to tell you Kavanaugh -- you have released the whirlwind, you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions. You heard from the chief justice today. That sounds like a threat to me.
TRUMP: Well first of all, let me start by saying Dr. Siegel, I thought was terrific tonight, and I really appreciate the words. I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a real professional.
And as far as Schumer is concerned, it was a terrible thing he said. I was amazed by it. And if that were a Republican, you would see really bad things happening. It’s very unequal justice. And it’s a disgrace that he was able to say something like that.
And he wasn’t shielded by the halls of Congress like Schiff was when he lied about my phone call, where he made up a phone call and gave it in Congress. And you immediately say, good, we’ll take it to court. But he’s got immunity, because he’s talking in Congress.
And so he totally made up a -- it was a fake phone call. He just totally made it up, his speech. And it was disgraceful.
Well, Schumer did it outside on the streets in front of a rough crowd. So it was a disgrace to the Supreme Court and to the U.S. Senate.
HANNITY: Mr. President, my analysis of last night, and the lead up, it seemed the media has ignored this, Bernie Sanders was again doubling down on supporting one murderous dictatorship regime after another.
It seems like there’s not a whole lot of policy differences between the candidates -- maybe Mike Bloomberg was an exception -- on issues, but supporting murdering dictatorships, I would argue is a tipping point.
Your reaction to that? And do you think that impacted last night? And your reaction overall to last night?
TRUMP: Well, I don’t know what impacted last night. I think Elizabeth Warren, who did terribly last night, but she got enough votes that if Bernie Sanders would have had those votes -- and I assume he would have gotten a vast majority, he would have won all of those places -- or certainly most of them. He would have won Texas. He would have won Minnesota. He would have won Massachusetts.
So Elizabeth Warren, really what she did -- and you know, others left -- they dropped out and they supported Joe Biden, and that really helped.
Now, Joe didn’t work that out, but somebody within that group worked it out. That was smart. But Joe would never be able to do that.
And -- but I will say this, Bernie Sanders, had he -- if he were able to convince Elizabeth Warren to endorse him, or even to just drop out, because she’s doing terribly, he would have won a large number of the states that he lost last night.
HANNITY: There are a lot of issues that I see. I know that people are acting perhaps as though it doesn’t exist. I -- there -- Joe Biden is beyond a gaffe machine. I would argue that the toughest job in the world is your job, to be the president of the United States of America, leading the world.
You need strength. You need stamina. You need focus. You need the ability to react in real-time. What do you make of these numerous gaffes of Joe Biden?
TRUMP: Well, look, I don’t want to be too critical. I just -- you know, I’ve never seen anything like it to be honest. And I’m sure that the Democrats are saying the same thing. But they’d rather have him than Bernie. And Bernie just doesn’t make too many gaffes but Bernie’s got his own difficulties.
But the way they push him – you know, look, the media is all on their side. When I say all – all, but a little bit including yourselves and some of the folks on FOX, some of the folks around. You have some great people. You have Rush who’s doing, I hear really well. I hear he’s doing much better.
And Mark Levin, and -- you know, I mean we have a lot of support. You’d be amazed. We have a lot of support, the great Lou Dobbs. So many people we have as supporters outside of just, you know, our Fox News, which, you know, I have my own -- I have my own little difficulties with, if you want to know the truth.
They put people on that I think are inappropriate and say very, very false things and people don’t challenge them. I think they’re trying to be very politically correct, or fair and balanced, right, is the term -- fair and balanced. But I think they hurt themselves, if you want to know the truth.
HANNITY: Mr. President, I have not seen this reported much. The turnout for you has been record-breaking. And that goes, starting back with Iowa, New Hampshire.
Last night, you received more votes in Vermont, Minnesota, and Massachusetts than any incumbent in the last four decades.
In Colorado, Republican turnout for you last night -- this was an uncontested primary -- greater than the past three Republican primaries combined.
In Texas, you received more votes last night than Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren combined. And we’re seeing similar results in every state. How do you interpret that?
TRUMP: Well, I appreciate you saying that. I’ve heard those numbers. I have not read them in any media. I don’t read those numbers because they don’t tell us those numbers. But the people get it, Sean. The people are genius. The people are brilliant in so many ways. They get it.
But you don’t read those numbers. Those numbers aren’t broadcast for the most part. I’ve never seen them. I’ve heard them. I had heard that. And I had heard that we broke records all over the place. And never once have I seen it.
And I’m pretty good with the media. I see a lot of the media, what’s going on. I haven’t read it. I haven’t seen it.
HANNITY: Well, I like to pride ourselves on this program for giving news and information that they ignore.
Let me ask you, because we now know that there is a corruption issue, and there is an investigation officially in the country of Ukraine as it relates to Joe Biden, who said, you’ve got six hours, you’re not getting the billion unless you fire the prosecutor investigating my zero-experience son, Hunter being paid millions.
After all you went through, and now that you see Ron Johnson in the Senate, and you see Ukraine investigating this issue -- and then the other countries such as China that Peter writes about in great detail, that Hunter, again, no experience, making tons of money.
Do -- it has to be a campaign issue, how do you plan to use it? Or do you plan to use it?
TRUMP: Well, to show you how crazy it is, it’s not a campaign issue for the Democrats. They don’t want to bring it up. They were obviously told you can’t bring that up.
So even people that are against -- if you look at Joe, they’re against Joe. They don’t want to bring that up. That was off-bounds.
I watch certain reporters say that this is totally unsubstantiated, and were sorry to even ask you a question -- Anderson Cooper -- then he asks a question at one of the debates, and it was so mild, and a ridiculous answer is given, because there is no answer to it -- of course it’s corrupt. And so, he gives a really bad answer.
And they go into the next question. Nobody says anything, the other people that are running trying to beat him don’t bring it up. That wouldn’t happen with the Republicans, I can tell you. I’m not saying good, bad, or indifferent, but that certainly wouldn’t happen with the Republicans.
And you know, it’s incredible. That will be a major issue in the campaign. I will bring that up all the time, because I don’t see any way out. I don’t see any way -- for them, I don’t see how they can answer those questions. And maybe they can. I hope they can.
I’d actually prefer it that they can. But I don’t believe they’ll be able to answer those questions. That was purely corrupt.
HANNITY: Any thoughts in your mind why you think Barack Obama has not endorsed his vice president of eight years?
TRUMP: Well, I would say because he didn’t think he could make it. He didn’t think he had a shot at it. You know, he’s dealing with people that I didn’t rate the highest on the political scale.
I know everybody. And I look at -- even a party. I know people that are Democrats that are far above what you’re watching. I watched one night. And I looked at the cast of characters. I said, this is -- 350 million people. And this is the best we can do? I don’t think so.
I will tell you, I know some Democrats that would blow all of those Democrats away. But they didn’t run. Maybe they just didn’t want to run against me. I’ve heard that. Maybe it’s true and maybe it’s not -- makes me feel good. But they didn’t want -- they’re going to wait -- they’re going to wait for another four years.
But you have some Democrats that are very impressive. This is not a group that I think was very impressive at all.