President Trump has an odd way of talking about certain things that betrays his unfamiliarity with them. When he talks about the Bible, it's pretty clear he hasn't spent much time memorizing verses. When he's addressing various ethnic, religious or demographic groups to which he doesn't belong, he can sound like an anthropologist referring to long-extinct eras in human evolution. "The evangelicals," "the Hispanics," "the poorly educated," etc.
Which brings us to a snippet from Trump's interview with Fox News's Tucker Carlson. In it, Trump is asked about his leisure and reading habits.
As you might have guessed, reading is near and dear to Trump's heart -- so much so that he's planning to crack the cover of a book on Andrew Jackson if he could ever get to it:
Well, you know, I love to read. Actually, I'm looking at a book, I'm reading a book, I'm trying to get started. Every time I do about a half a page, I get a phone call that there's some emergency, this or that. But we're going to see the home of Andrew Jackson today in Tennessee and I'm reading a book on Andrew Jackson. I love to read. I don't get to read very much, Tucker, because I'm working very hard on lots of different things, including getting costs down. The costs of our country are out of control. But we have a lot of great things happening, we have a lot of tremendous things happening.
Reading, it seems, has always been a forbidden love for Trump. The Washington Post's Marc Fisher reported in July that Trump explained in interviews that he didn't actually read extensively -- and not just because he didn't have time, but also because he didn't need to. He said he reached the right decisions "with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I [already] had, plus the words 'common sense,' because I have a lot of common sense and I have a lot of business ability."
Trump also explained back then that he had never read a biography of a president. "I never have," he said. "I’m always busy doing a lot. Now I’m more busy, I guess, than ever before.”
And apparently he's still attempting to rectify that with the Jackson book.