Matt Lauer Botches the Commander-In-Chief Forum

September 8, 2016 - Howard Schultz 09/08/2016 Views: 362,016

At NBC's commander-in-chief forum, Matt Lauer questions Hillary Clinton more on her emails than military strategy and lets Donald Trump's misinformation go unchallenged. (7:55)

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Let's get-let's get intotoday's big story.

Uh, last night,here in New York,

NBC hosted a specialCommander-In-Chief Forum,

which was momentousfor two reasons.

One, it would give U.S. votersa unique opportunity

to see how each candidatewould run the biggest military

in the history of mankindand, secondly, because it was

the first time Hillary Clintonand Donald Trump

were in the same venue.

I mean, that's if you don'tcount when they both

went to Star Jones' wedding,you know,

or-or if you don't countthe-the, like,

you know, when the... theywent to, uh, Melania's thing

or if you don't count, uh,

his visiting herin the White House.

I mean, if I didn'tknow any better,

I'd say these two were friends.

But last night,but last night, they were back

to playing enemies, and whatbetter place than a warship?

ANNOUNCER: Live, from the carrier Intrepid in New York.

-Here now is Matt Lauer. -(applause)

LAUER: Good evening, everyone.

The decisions thecommander-in-chief makes

can have a profound and lastingimpact on all Americans.

After a coin toss yesterdaywon by Mr. Trump,

he chose to go second,so that means we begin tonight

with the Democratic nomineefor president.

I'm-I'm sorry.Wait, they flipped a coin?

You'd think for an eventso serious

they wouldn't use sucha basic decider, you know?

And how did Hillary losea coin toss to Trump?

You'd think it would be easierto beat him at a coin toss,

'cause whenever someoneasks him, "Heads or tails,"

he probably answers, "Titties!"

I'm surprised... I'm surprisedafter beating Hillary

Donald Trump didn't make moreof it, you know?

He should've ma... I...Like, that seems like the kind

of thing Trump would do.He'd be like, "You see, folks,

"once again Hillary makinga bad decision, folks.

"Making a...They asked her which side,

"and she chose the wrong side,folks.

I would go in thereand I would do it right."

Uh, now, now,here's a bit of trivia for you.

Did you knowduring World War II,

on multiple occasions,

kamikaze planes crashedinto the Intrepid?

And last night, Matt Lauercontinued that tradition.

Because I don't knowwhat the (bleep) he was doing,

and neither did he.

Because with just 30 minutesto ask Hillary

about her national securitystrategy,

he spent one-third of that timedigging through her inbox.

-Concerning your useof your personal e-mail -Mm-hmm.

and p... and server...

Some of the e-mails you sentand received happened

while you were overseas...

Were some of the e-mails sentor received by you

referring to our drone program?

And you said you thoughtyour communications

on that were fairly routine?

You were communicatingon highly sensitive topics.

Why wasn't it more thana mistake?

Why wasn't it disqualifying?

Matt Lauer askedso many questions about e-mail

I felt like I was stuck in lineat the Genius Bar.

It was just like... And don'tget... and don't get me wrong,

it is important to questionHillary about her e-mails.

Uh, maybe if she didmore than one press conference

every nine months,this topic would have died down

a long time ago.Because that's what Trump does.

He's mastered the Q&A game,if you think about it.

He talks to the press so much,

they get tiredof challenging him.

He basically doespress rope-a-dopes.

That's what he's doing.

But, you see, the problemwith spending so much time

on Hillary's e-mails last night

was that when we finally gotto the military questions,

this happened.

How will you determinewhen and where

to deploy troops directlyinto harm's way,

especially to combat ISIS?

LAUER:As briefly as you can.

(laughter, groaning)

"As briefly as you can"?

Are you (bleep) me?

This event was called

the Commander-in-Chief Forum.

It's the reasonwe were watching.

And now because Matt Lauer spentso much time

on hi questions about e-mails,

the actual questionsfrom the actual veterans

about the actualcommander-in-chief-ing

gets reduced to a speed date.

And now becauseyou don't have time,

you don't get to push backon things like this.

We are not putting ground troopsinto Iraq ever again,

and we're not puttingground troops into Syria.

We're going to defeat ISIS

without committingAmerican ground troops.

LAUER: Sir, thank you. Thank youvery much for your question.

We'll remember this, by the way.We'll remember this moment.

Yeah. She's like,"We won't send any ever again."

You didn't even ask a follow-up?She said "not ever."

Which everyone knows isinternational politicianspeak

for "we'll talk about it later."

Genuinely, guys, Matt Lauerand-and the NBC forum

were not good last night.

Because if he wasn't goodwith Hillary Clinton,

he was terriblewhen handling Trump.

He just let Trump get awaywith blatant lies.

I was totally againstthe war in Iraq from...

You can lookat Esquire magazine from '04.

You can look at before that.

And I was againstthe war in Iraq because I said

it's gonna totally destabilizethe Middle East, which it has.

It has absolutely beena disastrous war.

And, by the way,

perhaps almost as bad wasthe way Barack Obama got out.

That was a disaster.

People talk about youand commander-in-chief,

and not just Secretary Clinton,

but some of your Republicanopponents in the primary season,

and they wonderabout your temperament.

Did you not hear the answerto the question?

How did he just move on?

First of all,Trump's answering the question

like a toddlerbeing questioned by his parents.

"And I didn't see,I didn't say no.

"And, uh, and, also, another...

"And Barack-- he was bad.

"And also, I don't go into...

"And me, I would never...

And-and-and, also,it was... it was bad."

-(applause and cheering)-But he lies.

He blatantly lies,and then Lauer just moves on.

"All right, let's move onto the next ques..."

I would love to date Matt Lauer,I'll tell you that.

Yeah, because getting bustedwould be impossible.

It would be like,"Who's thirsty Lisa?"

"Uh... my mom?"

"All right, let's move onand talk about dinner.

Let's, uh..."

And by the way, people,

I don't know how many timeswe have to go over this,

but real quick-- Donald Trumpdidn't oppose the war in Iraq.

When asked about it in 2002on The Howard Stern Show,

he said he was for the war.

The interview's on line.You can look it up.

Secondly, Trump keeps referring

to his 2004 Esquire magazineinterview

as proof that, unlike Hillary,he didn't want to go into war.

Only one problem.Only one problem.

Having an article would be proof

unless that articlewas published

16 months after the war started!

It is afterwards.

The war has alreadybeen deemed a disaster,

and now you're like, "Yeah,we shouldn't have gone in."

Everyone knowsyou shouldn't have gone in.

You can't oppose the thingafter it's already happened.

That's not how it works.

The same way next year,

a lot of people are going to beagainst voting Trump

in the 2016 elections.

That's what's going to happen.

-And I know, I know...-(applause and cheering)

I know...

I know some people are saying,"Well, what did you expect, man?

"It was Matt Lauer, okay?

"He's just the hostof a morning show.

He doesn't knowhow to push back."

But that's whythis is so disappointing,

because that's not true.

Matt Lauercan take tough questions

to very powerful people.

And we've seen it before.

I'm counting chairs here,and I see four.

Normally, we're used to seeingyou guys with five,

so let's start with the obvious.

Where is Zayn?

Yeah, he's got a tummy bug.

When's he gonna rejoin the band?

LAUER:Is it something more serious

than just a minor illness?

There have been rumorsof substance abuse.

What's going on?


That's journalism!Look at that!

(applause and cheering)

He could have moved onwhen Liam spun him that story.

He could have moved onwhen Liam was like,

"Oh, oh, oh, it's a... it'sa tummy bug. It's a tummy bug."

But Matt Lauer knew Zayn's tummy was fine!


And so he called outOne Direction

in front of their fans,

an army way stronger

than Hillary and Trumpwill ever possess!

-(laughter)-Come on, Matt Lauer.

You didn't flinchin front of a bunch

of rich, powerful children.

I can't believeyou couldn't face down just one.