CNN's Jim Acosta says Trump's 'big lie' has turned into 'the big cry' as he whines about losing in rallies
CNN's Jim Acosta joined with Republican Margaret Hoover and fellow CNN analyst John Avlon to discuss former President Donald Trump's latest rally in Georgia.
The weekend rally was largely downplayed by the report that he still lost the Arizona election. In fact, he lost it by more than initially calculated, losing over 260 votes and Joe Biden gained 99. Still, at the rally, Trump trotted out his usual applause lines attacking Democrats, calling the election a "lie" and pledging a rematch.
"Look, the man continues to propagate falsehoods, factual -- like things that are factually not true, just blatantly not true," said Hoover. "Thank God there is no Pravda in this country. Thank God we have an opportunity to at least say to people on your show, Jim, 'that is not true,' and the former president of the United States continues to lie to people who support him. It is — I don't know how much different or how much more dangerous than anything else he's done previously, but let's not forget this man continues to be a menace to our constitutional democracy."
Avlon agreed, noting the moniker "the fraudit," which is how the Arizona audit became known.
"This was hyperpartisan with no experience coming in to try to prove a lie, the directing counting of hand ballots proved too much even for their conspiracy theorists' will to power," he said. "But that should make people who bought into the big lie be forced to confront the reality. Joe Biden won more votes according to the Cyber Ninjas than according to the original tally. What Trump is saying is, don't believe the truth, don't believe your eyes. Believe what I say. All he has are lies and ego at this point. Anyone who is still following him is therefore either a fool or a coward, especially if they're in political office because they know he's lying, but they're afraid to call it out."
Acosta agreed, saying that he doesn't want to call it "the big lie" anymore.
"I want to call it the big cry because he just goes to these rallies, and he cries," said Acosta. "He cries about the election. He cries about the border. He cries about Bush and Cheney. I mean, why would you go to a rally and stand out there for hours and hours just to listen to this man who can't get over losing cry and cry?"
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) made it clear that he will not vote for President Joe Biden's budget bill because he says that it will add to the deficit. The bill doesn't add to the debt as it corrects the Republican Party's corporate tax cut. Still, Manchin maintains that he's against it.
As of Sunday, he's looking even more isolated. According to Axios, centrists officials have told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that they will support the budget bill at the $3.5 trillion price tag. Two of the nine members who previously demanded that the roads and bridges bill be brought to the floor are now standing behind her on the larger package.
"By explicitly announcing their support for a big package targeting climate change and expanding the social safety net, Reps. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) and Filemon Vela (D-TX) are trying to convince progressives to vote for the infrastructure bill this week," said Axios.
Progressives have been frustrated with the centrists because they proposed a $6 trillion package and agreed to cut it nearly in half. The centrists like Vela, Gonzalez and Manchin haven't been willing to compromise on anything in the bill.
"We support swift passage of the president's $3.5 trillion reconciliation package," the members wrote in a joint statement. "The bipartisan infrastructure framework would, on average, deliver $1.2 billion per congressional district."
"However, the idea that denying passage of the Senate's Bipartisan Infrastructure bill [BIF] somehow exercises 'leverage' over some of our more fiscally conservative members is wholly misguided," the statement also said.
Pelosi told ABC News that she intends to bring the bipartisan infrastructure bill to a vote this Monday.
On Sunday, Washington Post columnist James Hohmann wrote a warning for President Donald Trump: his obsession with his supporters will be his downfall.
The new book Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, revealed a conversation with former Attorney General Bill Barr and Trump during the early days of the 2020 election. According to Barr, if Trump didn't calm down, stop tweeting threats, and quit stoking the base, he was going to lose. Trump claimed he had to look like a fighter to appease his base. While that may have been true, it also drove others away.
"I need my base," Trump said according to the book. "My base wants me to be strong. These are my people."
The election ended exactly as Barr predicted.
It "is the latest reminder of the failure of Trump's base-first strategy — but also how close it came to [work]. A shift of only 43,000 votes across Arizona and two other states could have delivered a second term to Trump," wrote Hohmann.
He went on to attack Barr for trying to "rehabilitate his reputation" after years of protecting Trump and giving oxygen to the worst parts of him.
"The attorney general is supposed to be the people's lawyer, not the president's consigliere, and it was inappropriate for Barr to wade so deeply into the partisan fray," said Hohmann. "But he may have been on target when he told Trump that he was too reliant on the small army of operatives who profit from keeping America's nativist and racist extremes politically restive."
Hohmann noted that Trump was never really a conservative so much as he was a desperate man searching for positions that would make right-wingers happy enough to worship him. The Charlottesville "there are very fine people on both sides" quote from Trump is the perfect example.
Trump's campaign messages weren't tested among the most voters in swing states or even targeted at voters he needed to win over. Instead, they were all about which would get the most applause at his rally. He would work and rework them to get the cheers to be louder and louder. It wasn't a campaign of votes; it was a campaign of love for Trump.
"Months later, the cycle continues. During a meeting this summer at Trump's New Jersey golf resort, pollster John McLaughlin presented the former president with private polling that showed 57 percent of Republicans choosing him from a field of more than a dozen other potential 2024 contenders," wrote Hohmann.
"The more you get attacked, the more your base gets solidified," McLaughlin said, according to Peril.
Then again, if Trump had listened to Barr, Hohmann said that meeting would have been taking place with a president and not a disgraced man on a golf course.
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