Imagine what a Presidential “press conference” might look like if the U.S. had real journalists. Imagine the answers. Or even a real system of debate where the Prime Minister has to answer questions from the Opposition. Or even if we had a real Opposition party.
Q. Mr. President, millions of Americans feel that you were elected unfairly. What do you say to them?
Q. Don’t you think it may be too much for the U.S. to be challenging both China and Russia at the same time?
Q. To follow up, many people don’t understand your freely expressed antagonism to Russia. After all, investigation proved they did not interfere in our election.
Q. Americans like to think we have the greatest military in the world. Some analysts think we are over-estimating our capacity. What do you think of the claim that our aircraft carriers, on which we place great reliance, are now actually sitting ducks because of new missile technologies? If so, what should we do about it?
Q. George Floyd had a gold casket and three funerals. Millions of dollars have been contributed in his name and he has become a kind of saint. Do you think maybe this response is unjustified for a lifelong, dangerous, heavily drugged felon? Do you think that the policeman involved in making Floyd’s arrest can ever receive a fair trial since he has already been convicted by the press and politicians? Are there plans to file federal charges against the officer?
Q, We now hear a lot of discussion of “a crisis at the border.” What caused this and what can we do about it? Do you credit the reports that the new border policy has empowered drug cartels and human traffickers?
Q. In your opinion, is there any such thing as an “illegal alien”? Is crossing our border illegally a crime?
Q. Polls have shown for years that American citizens are not in favour of the high levels of immigration that the government has sponsored for several decades now. Perhaps so vital an issue should be put to the people to decide, as has been suggested in France?
Q. Why do you think 75 million people voted for your opponent in the election? Are these all dangerous extremists that need to be purged from American society, as many of your supporters say?
Q. Critical Race Theory is now widely sponsored by your administration. Have you studied this theory? Can you explain to the public what you understand about it?
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews