Breitbart’s Boyle on War Room with Bannon: Trump’s most ‘underrated’ quality is that he is the ‘best listener’
Former President Donald Trump’s most underrated quality is that he is the “best listener,” Breitbart News Washington Bureau Chief Matthew Boyle said during a wide-ranging interview with Steve Bannon, discussing his and editor-in-chief Alex Marlow’s recent interview with the former president and the former president discussed. delving into Boyle’s own background with key influential players in the Republican Party.
Bannon opened the interview by pointing out that Boyle may be the “only living person to have received direct mentorship” from Tucker Carlson, Andrew Breitbart and Bannon.
“I think that’s true,” Boyle said, explaining that he first worked at the Daily Caller under Carlson after college.
“I had gotten to know Andrew Breitbart very well at that time and worked with him on a lot of different stories. I didn’t really work for Breitbart until after Andrew passed away. And then, of course, you were our executive chairman after that happened, and you convinced me to come work for Breitbart after the 2012 election,” Boyle said, as he has now been with Breitbart for more than 11 years.
During the interview, Boyle discussed his and Marlow’s recent two-hour interview with Trump, with several pieces from that exclusive sit-down continuing to flow. He briefly explained how he’s preparing for extensive interviews with Trump, explaining that he’ll be seeking “input from people who work here at Breitbart, but also from across the movement,” and from “other media outlets, you know, different politicians ‘. , etc.”
“And I’ll try to put together a list of the best things. I don’t write down the questions in advance. What I’m going to do is I’m going to go in with a notepad, and it’s basically a collection of topics, so I have a bunch of bullet points, I want to discuss this topic, I want to discuss this topic, you know, and at the top are the most important topics that I really want to get into,” he said, giving an example of how the conversation is uniquely proceeding with Trump:
[The] International populist story we were talking about, right? For example, we started talking a little bit about Javier Milei and he talks about, you know, how Milei called him on election night in Argentina and thanked him even though he had never spoken to Milei before. And he says, ‘Why are you thanking me?’ And he says, for example, that Milei thanked him because he said he won because of Trump’s policies. And so Trump turns to one of his aides in the room and says, “Can you send him a bunch of MAGA hats,” just as the joke is that, you know, Make Argentina Great Again, just like Make America Great Again. MAGA works for, for both. But the point is that, you know, we then move on to the follow-up. OK. But Mr. President, you know, just as you had Brexit in the run-up to 2016, you had other international populist victories, it seems like it’s bigger this time, right? There are signs that the conservative populist may win next year in Portugal, in the European Parliament elections, in Austria later this year, you know, and then he starts talking about how it’s a bigger movement, and then you can really responding to it in a way that you really can’t do for a broadcast interview, right?
Another good example is how we played the Jack Smith interview, right? He has what he wants to say about Jack Smith, and about immunity, and so on. But the real question I was trying to answer with him about that, as the battle this year is between Trump and Smith, is who wins, right? Like: who wins the war? And it took me a few questions to get to that headline…where Trump says he thinks Smith is losing.
Boyle, one of the reporters and personalities who has interviewed Trump the most over the years, also emphasized that Trump is a good listener — something that, he said, is one of the former president’s most underrated qualities.
“When you interview Trump, and it’s not on camera, it’s a two-way conversation. You ask him questions. He asks you questions back. It’s one of the most underrated qualities of President Trump, I think, that people out there don’t see, and it doesn’t filter into the media. I think he’s the best listener in American politics,” Boyle said.
“I tell people all the time, I’ve interviewed governors, senators, world leaders, I’ve done international stories. I’ve created so many stories over the years. I’ve interviewed so many people, it’s not even funny: presidents, vice presidents, cabinet officials, and so on. “I have never had an interviewer – except Trump – ask questions back to me,” he said. “And Trump does it to everyone he talks to, if it doesn’t look like a television interview.”
“When he brought up the blue states during our conversation, it was kind of beside the point. And when he did it, you know, I know it’s not on my list, you know, that I have in front of me, my notebook. But I’m like, okay, wait, you’re saying you’re going to play a heavy role for the United States? What do you mean? Right? What are some of the things you’ll be doing? That’s when he says he might rent out Madison Square Garden and have a rally there,” Boyle said.
“And then we talk a little bit about New York, and he explains how the left really destroyed New York, right?” he said, describing how the conversation with Trump is going.
Towards the end of the interview, Boyle also addressed efforts to draft him to a convention in Florida. Although he said many people tried to recruit him, he said he has decided he won’t do that this year.
“The reason for this is that we have a great presidential election ahead of us and there are very few people in the media who are willing to tell the truth. And President Trump will need as many of us as possible to be willing to fight that fight every day,” he said, emphasizing that this “does not mean that I [don’t] might want to do it on the road.
‘And we’ll see. But for now, I think I’m needed where I am. The movement needs me to be focused on telling the truth and helping lead our younger reporters here at Breitbart as we head into this crucial election,” Boyle added.
WATCH the entire interview below:
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