Leaked Script Shows What Advisers Want Donald Trump to Say at Black ChurchIt's embarrassing that Trump can't do this off the cuff. But if any other politician were to follow a script in a similar situation, you'd at least expect the pol to memorize the canned words. Do you think Trump could even manage that? Do you think he has the attention span to memorize relatively brief answers to twelve interview questions?
... Instead of speaking to the congregation at Great Faith Ministries International, Mr. Trump had planned to be interviewed by its pastor in a session that would be closed to the public and the news media, with questions submitted in advance. And instead of letting Mr. Trump be his freewheeling self, his campaign prepared lengthy answers for the submitted questions, consulting black Republicans to make sure he says the right things.
An eight-page draft script obtained by The New York Times ... includes the exact wording of answers the aides are proposing for Mr. Trump to give to questions about police killings, racial tension and the perception among many black voters that he and the Republican Party are racist, among other topics.
So my guess is that he's going to do this interview with a teleprompter. Which might explain why this was the initial plan:
The interview will air about a week later on the Impact Network, Bishop Jackson’s Christian cable TV channel. The official said several Trump aides would work with the network to edit the taped interview so that the final version reflected the campaign’s wishes.Though the New York Times scoop I'm quoting has been updated since it was originally posted yesterday:
(On Thursday night, [campaign communications advier Jason] Miller said the campaign would not edit the interview.)Well, whatever. All I know is that when this interview finally airs, you should watch for teleprompter shadows -- although I'm sure Impact Network has been given speific instructions to watch for them.