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James Carville Says Trump is Going to ‘Get His Fat A$$ Beat’ in Scathing Interview
James Carville has a lot of rage — perhaps that’s why he’s known as the Ragin’ Cajun. And at 75, the former architect of Bill Clinton’s two presidential wins doesn’t have much a filter, either…although he really never had one.
On Friday, Carville joined former Howard Stern personality John Melendez on The Stuttering John Podcast, where he talked about the 2020 election – making a prediction about Donald Trump.
“He’s gonna’ get his ass beat,” Carville said. “All right, he’s gonna’ get his fat ass beat. The question is by how much.”
“If we want to go to the lethargic stuff, blah, blah, blah, worry about this, we can get 290, 295 electoral votes and it’ll change nothing,” Carville said. “If we go and take it to him and talk about what a massive fat failure he is, we can runaway with this thing. The idea is not to defeat Trump, we have to defeat Trump-ism.”
Carville said Americans should be more afraid of election tampering. “You don’t have to worry about Republicans winning the election,” Carville later said on the podcast. “You have to worry about them rigging it.”
And then he got right back to Trump.
“Trump is weak, he is fat, he is slow, he is being stolen from,” Carville said. “…They’re just sucking off of him. They’re going to steal everything to the last moment. At some level, Trump knows that.”
On May 7, Carville repeated similar sentiments on MSNBC where he claimed Trump’s campaign aides are a “pack of grifters” who know he won’t win the 2020 election and lie about polls to profit off the campaign. He also advocated for the former vice president even before he pulled away with the potential nomination, saying Rep. Jim Clyburn’s endorsement of Biden “literally saved the Democratic party.”
— John Melendez (@stutteringjohnm) May 21, 2020
A partial transcript is as follows:
JOHN MELENDEZ: Trump is essentially — the whole administration is a snake oil salesman, correct? What’s going on here? Tell me.
JAMES CARVILLE: What’s going on is [Trump] is going to get his ass beat. He’s going to get his fat ass beat. Now, the question is by how much. If we want to go through this lethargic kind of stuff and blah, blah, blah, and worry about this, we can get 290, 295 electoral votes and will change nothing. If we go and take it to him and talk about what a massive, fat failure he his, then we can run away with this thing. The idea is not just to defeat Trump, you have to defeat Trumpism. You have to defeat the idea that the United States of America is a place and not an idea. And this idea that it’s all white people fighting against non-white people, men fighting against women, I don’t know, gay people fighting against non-gay people, it’s all bullshit, and call him on it. The country does not want him back. We’ve got to beat him bad.
MELENDEZ: He’s managed to discredit the media, which you know that’s what Hitler did, that’s what Putin does, just discredit the media, so that anyone who reports badly on him, he’s going to say it’s fake news, right?
CARVILLE: So he’s got 41 percent of the country? The hell with it, that’s a losing number. Take your 41 and go hime.
MELENDEZ: But now what do you think that people are tyring to say Biden has dementia.
CARVILLE: They said Hillary was running a child pedophile ring in the basement of a pizza parler in northwest Washington. They are going to say anything. Just move on, leave him alone.
MELENDEZ: I know that you were Bill Clinton’s strategist, what advice would you give Joe Biden to winning this election?
CARVILLE: What I’d do is just be Joe Biden, and just give people a sense of change. The best word in the political language is change. It can mean anything you want it to mean. He is going to win. He needs to keep the party unified, he needs to open his campaign to people who can come aboard, some of these weak Republicans and independents, he needs to lock down the Bernie people. He’s got to do some political stuff, which he’s totally capable of doing. He doesn’t need to go overboard. He’s just got to execute. And he’s going to win. People don’t want this guy back. We’ve got to get over this mentality of 2016 like, “Oh god” it’s going to happen. No, we’re going to win. We’ve got to win by a lot. These left-wingers will say he hasn’t moved far enough on this. He’s got one job: win the election, then move where ever you want to.
MELENDEZ: Should we worry about them trying to rig the election?
CARVILLE: Oh, yes. That’s a real worry. You don’t have to worry about them winning the election, you have to worry about them rigging it, becausing rigging it is the only way they can win.