CNN Gives Trump 2 Post-Debate Interviews Because He Really Needs More Press

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If we were being forgiving, we could say that maybe, maybe CNN’s first lengthy post-debate interview with Donald Trump last night was legitimized by Trump’s front-runner status. Maybe. But two?

In the first eight-minute interview with Chris Cuomo immediately following the debate, we learned some things, like why Trump won’t release his tax returns.

“I’m always audited by the IRS,” said Trump, “which I think is very unfair. I don’t know maybe because of religion..”

Chris Cuomo presses for clarification. “What do you mean because of religion?”

“Well, maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian and I feel strong about it and there’s a bias,” explains Trump.

If only the expression on Cuomo’s face counted as a rebuttal, but alas, Trump’s claim to strong Christianity went unchecked. Cuomo did follow up on the tie-in between religion and taxes.

“You think you can get audited for being a strong Christian?” he asks.

“You see what’s happened. You have many strong religious groups that are complaining about that. They’ve been complaining about it for a long time,” replies Trump.

“So release the ones that aren’t audited. Seems like an easy answer for you,” returns Cuomo.

Oh no. Trump “can’t do that.”

Other important things we learned:

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But why limit the space in which Trump gets to make preposterous claims to just one post-debate interview? Anderson Cooper and his panel had their own turn with Trump a little while later.

The response on Twitter went from is this happening disbelief to this is happening disbelief to sad factual realities to snark rather deftly.

Here are some of our favorites: