Probably the most weird conspiracy theories to bubble up not too long ago is the concept Donald Trump could have faked his COVID analysis. (Why, precisely, he would do this isn’t clear.) CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Tuesday hinted that she is perhaps becoming a member of the conspiracy crowd. 

Speaking to 2020 Democratic contender Pete Buttigieg about his new e book Belief, King insisted that she’s getting calls from “Democrats and Republicans” concerning the paranoid concept: “It is so attention-grabbing that I’ve gotten calls from each Democrats and Republicans, Pete, who requested this query when the President first turned sick, ‘Do you actually suppose he was sick?’” 

Citing the nameless “many individuals” who surprise this, she added: “I used to be shocked so many individuals from each events have been asking that query. What does that say about belief? You write in your e book, ‘Society works greatest when individuals belief.’  What occurs when individuals cannot belief?”  

 

 

Earlier within the section, Tony Dokoupil disingenuously described Buttigieg’s 2020 court docket packing scheme as “not court docket packing.” 

 

 

One of many points that did come up within the presidential debate from a few weeks in the past was whether or not Joe Biden desires to increase the Supreme Courtroom. And he did not reply the query. However you are an attention-grabbing particular person on this topic as a result of you may have supported a plan so as to add justices so it is 15. It’s not court docket packing, it is a bit bit extra difficult than that. However given your assist for increasing the Courtroom, and on condition that it was a problem within the final debate, I am curious, might we see a solution tomorrow night time to that query? 

Credit score to Dokoupil for really elevating Biden’s evasion on court docket packing, however increasing the very best court docket is precisely what Pete Buttigieg supported. Right here’s The Hill from October 15, 2019: “Buttigieg defends court-packing proposal at Democratic debate.” Apparently The Hill did not get the speaking factors memo from CBS. 

NBC News described Buttigieg’s plan this fashion: 

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has talked about his plan to overtake the excessive court docket since his first days as a candidate. In brief, it requires increasing the variety of justices from 9 to fifteen, with 5 affiliated with Democrats, 5 affiliated with Republicans, and 5 apolitical justices chosen by the primary 10.

There could also be some nuance on Buttigieg’s precise plan, however the former 2020 contender’s purpose is court docket packing. Simply one more reason to query what fellow Democrat Biden’s plans actually are, ought to he be elected. 

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A partial transcript is beneath. Click on “increase” to learn extra. 

CBS This Morning
10/6/2020
815 AM ET 

TONY DOKOUPIL:  Pete Buttigieg is conserving busy after his Democratic presidential run. The previous mayor of South Bend, Indiana was noticed simply yesterday within the foyer of a lodge the place Senator Kamala Harris is making ready for her vice presidential debate tomorrow. He’s reportedly enjoying Vice President Mike Pence in these preparations. Reportedly. Buttigieg can also be on Joe Biden’s transition advisory board and he has been working at The college of Notre Dame. On prime of that in his down time he is written a e book, Belief: America’s Finest Likelihood. Mayor, Buttigieg joins us now. Mayor, good morning to you. You are in Salt Lake Metropolis now. You are from South Bend. Are you there for the snowboarding or one thing else? 

DOKOUPIL: You are a talented debater your self. So I am curious what you suppose the strengths of Vice President Pence are as a debater and the way Senator Harris is making ready to fulfill these strengths? 

PETE BUTTIGIEG: Effectively, the reality is he is a really efficient debater. I’ve seen him debating for governor and debating for vice chairman as properly. He has a capability to ship strains with a excessive diploma of confidence, whether or not they’re true or not. However in fact saying one thing with a straight face does not make it true, and what is going on to be actually vital, I feel, is for Individuals to actually see the distinction between a message from an administration that does not appear to need to face actuality and the Biden/Harris marketing campaign represented by Senator Harris speaking about what it should really take to con entrance this pandemic that is now killed greater than 200,000 Individuals and that the White Home appears to nonetheless be in denial about even with the President getting sick. 

BUTTIGIEG: If the Vice President wanders from the reality, as you say, how will Senator Harris reply? 

DOKOUPIL: One of many points that did come up within the presidential debate from a few weeks in the past was whether or not Joe Biden desires to increase the Supreme Courtroom. And he did not reply the query. However you are an attention-grabbing particular person on this topic as a result of you may have supported a plan so as to add justices so it is 15. It’s not court docket packing, it is a bit bit extra difficult than that. However given your assist for increasing the Courtroom, and on condition that it was a problem within the final debate, I am curious, might we see a solution tomorrow night time to that query? 

BUTTIGIEG: Effectively, I feel what we will see tomorrow night time is a dialog about what’s at stake proper now. We have got lower than 30 days till the election and a matter of weeks earlier than the court docket could entertain a case that might resolve whether or not pre-existing care —  pre-existing protection is taken away from tens of millions of Individuals as Republicans attempt to overthrow the Reasonably priced Care Act in its entirety. I feel these actually pressing questions are going to command essentially the most consideration as a result of this can be a nomination, an actual life nomination. Not a theoretical train that may very well be coming in entrance of the Senate in matter of days.  

KING: It’s so attention-grabbing that your e book is popping out right now. What is the title of your e book once more? 

KING: I see it behind you. That was an try at humor. It is so attention-grabbing that I’ve gotten calls from each Democrats and Republicans, Pete, who requested this query when the President first turned sick, “Do you actually suppose he was sick?” I used to be shocked so many individuals from each events have been asking that query. What does that say about belief? You write in your e book, ‘Society works greatest when individuals belief.’  What occurs when individuals cannot belief? 

KING: You say the very best praise you possibly can pay a pal is “I belief you with my life.” I feel that is a really quick listing for individuals. Belief is definitely damaged however it may be rebuilt. Looks as if that is wanted now. 

DOKOUPIL: Mr. Mayor, belief has many enemies, considered one of them is lies. Secrets and techniques do not assist both. Significantly when they aren’t that consequential. So, I’m curious, why not say whether or not or not you are enjoying the Vice President in these mock debates to arrange Senator Harris? 

KING: Yeah. Good query, Tony Dokoupil. What do you say, Pete Buttigieg? 

BUTTIGIEG: Look, I am not going to speak out of faculty, however I’m very excited for tomorrow night time. 

KING: We’ll take that as a sure. 

DOKOUPIL: We’ll take that as a non-denial affirmation. 

KING: Lots of people shall be watching. Many individuals thought, “VP debate who shall be watching?” This one appears to have been taking over a special tone, would you agree? 

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