Before interviewing President Donald Trump for "60 Minutes", CBS' Lesley Stahl was on the phone with Rush Limbaugh to ask him to keep his "people" calm if the president loses his reelection bid, the talk show host said Thursday.
The interview began on a tense footing as Stahl asked the President as the camera started rolling, "Are you ready for some tough questions?" and only grew more testy.
Beyond making himself look bad, Trump may have provided Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with an easy line of attack in Thursday night's debate by releasing the video of the interview.
The Facebook post quickly gained attention, garnering more than 26,000 comments in less than two hours.
It shows Trump repeatedly expressing frustration with Stahl's questions, and her efforts to challenge his misleading statements.
After complaining about Stahl starting the interview by asking if he's prepared for tough questions, Trump then accused her and others of being soft on Biden.
About a half-hour into the interview that Trump abruptly ended and released in violation of an agreement with CBS, the president denies ever having said "lock her up" of Whitmer.
"[My supporters] don't like to see rioting in the middle of 5th Avenue or in the middle of other streets in Portland or other places and they like it when their president gets the endorsement of virtually every police group and, frankly, nearly everybody having to do with law and order - positive law and order", Mr. Trump said.
The journalist responded that she did not interview the former vice president, as Trump quickly corrected himself, claiming that he had watched "the interview with Joe".
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The interview was set to be shown this Sunday, as part of an episode that will also include interviews by Stahl with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Mr Trump eventually cut the interview short and walked away.
Over the course of the sit-down, Trump slammed anchor Stahl for not focusing on topics such as the emails purportedly recovered from a laptop alleged to have belonged to Hunter Biden that, if their authenticity is confirmed, would suggest potentially corrupt overseas dealings.
At the end of the almost 40 minutes, Mr Trump complained: "Are you ready for tough questions".
"Well, I think we have enough".
"That's enough, let's go", he said. He takes her to task over subjects that were "inappropriately brought up, right from the beginning", and hints that Stahl set up the interview under false pretences, claiming that she had said it was going to be "lovely". He also accuses 60 Minutes of giving Biden "softball questions" in an earlier interview.
Trump on Wednesday tweeted out photos from the interview, including one where his press secretary hands Stahl a large book Trump said contained his accomplishments and plans on health care.
"When did I say "lock her up"?"
"You know that's not true", Stahl pushed back.