Fox News host Sean Hannity invited Mark Cuban on his show Wednesday night. It didn’t take long for Cuban, the billionaire who owns the Dallas Mavericks, to start slamming President Donald Trump.
Cuban was invited to talk about how restaurants and other establishments can reopen in a way that’s both safe and quick. Then, Hannity asked how Cuban could support Joe Biden. He asked Cuban to “tell me all the things that Bunker Joe did on coronavirus that you admire, and then I’ll tell you what I think Trump did that I admire.”
Cuban responded by saying that since Biden isn’t current in office, “you can’t really put him in that category.” When Hannity tried to defend Trump’s handling of the pandemic, Cuban responded:
“I was involved in some of those conversations and what happened was when PPE got into short supply, what I suggested that they do was match up the demand along with the supply. But they wouldn’t do that, right, so no one would take inventory of where all the PPE was around the country and because they wouldn’t present that market information, hospitals started hoarding and we didn’t know where the manufacturing sources were coming from, so we got into even more [of] a greater short supply of PPE. The white house had the opportunity to fix that. They knew they could have fixed it, but they didn’t take the actual steps because no one was truly in charge. President Trump really had — he had the right idea in putting the people in charge, but he had one group doing one thing, another group doing another thing…”
“I can tell you that’s not true,” Hannity interjected, adding that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) had done a terrible job handling New York throughout the virus—they relied on help from Trump’s federal government. Hannity declared, “New York was dead without Donald Trump!”
Cuban responded, “Both parties made mistakes and it cost people their lives. …I think that Donald doesn’t put the best people in place any longer. He did at the beginning and I was proud of him at the beginning, but now he just wants people who are loyal to him—that’s a problem and it’s created more problems in this pandemic.”
Hannity said, “If you had as many knives in your neck and shivs in your neck like he’s got, he would probably want to fire those people too.”
While Cuban admitted that Trump “deserves a lot of credit” for the economy before COVID hit, he added, “He can’t be blaming the victim all the— you know, Sean, this is what really bothers me about the president. He’s the most powerful man in the world and he always plays the victim card. ‘The Dems are out to get me, the media is out to get me.’ You’ve got to be the leader, you’ve got to be the strongest man in the game and he just hasn’t shown that strength.”
Hannity said, “They spied on the guy! They spied on a candidate, his transition team, they spied on his presidency. Those are Bill Barr’s words, not Sean Hannity.”
Cuban asked “Who cares? He’s the most powerful man in the world. Be powerful, be a leader, set an example… He’s supposed to be the world’s best counterpunch, he hasn’t been able to knock anybody out, he just plays the victim. Look, I love the way you stand up, all this people that call him out, that’s a great thing, Sean, but the man has got to be a leader and he hasn’t shown that yet.”
This piece originally appeared in Objectivist.co and is used by permission.
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