Quantcast
Connect with us

Trump spokesman crashes and burns when CNN’s Chris Cuomo asks him to explain candidate’s sarcasm

Published

on

Less than an hour after his boss backtracked on fingering President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the “founders” of the Islamic State militant group, a Donald Trump surrogate went on CNN to pick up the pieces.

Michael Cohen, an executive vice president in the Trump Organization, appeared on CNN less than an hour after his boss tweeted that his claims, which he repeatedly insisted were serious, were actually just a mystifying attempt at sarcasm.

ADVERTISEMENT

CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Cohen to explain Trump’s comments, and the campaign spokesman accidentally betrayed that he’d been sent to appear on “New Day” with no idea of what his boss wanted him to say.

“I think the best thing would be if Mr. Trump called in (and) had the conversation with you himself,” Cohen said.

Cuomo quickly interjected, saying he welcomed the Republican presidential nominee’s explanation “anytime” — which seemed to surprise Cohen.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I mean, there’s nobody better to answer Mr. Trump than Mr. Trump,” Cohen said.

Cuomo asked if the candidate’s strange explanation for his conflicting claims about a deadly serious topic should sow any doubts in voters’ minds about Trump’s trustworthiness.

“I think you do take him at his word for everything,” Cohen said.

ADVERTISEMENT

“But that’s how we got into this situation,” Cuomo responded.

After a pause, Cohen said he watched Cuomo grill another campaign surrogate Thursday on Trump’s claims about Obama, Clinton and ISIS.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I watched your show yesterday with Mayor (Rudy) Giuliani, and what he was talking about is how the mainstream media wants to pick on every single word,” Cohen said. “Again, I think Mr. Trump will answer this question better than anybody else.”

Trump, according to a follow-up tweet posted more than an hour later, seems to prefer being inscrutable.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Expert explains the psychopathology that underlies Trump’s dictatorial behavior

Published

on

I’m not being hyperbolic or melodramatic when I say that democracy itself is on the line on November 3. Donald Trump has been on a mission to subvert our democracy and to push it toward an autocracy. No president has ever disavowed democracy like Trump. No president has ever wanted to change our democratic way of life like Trump.

Trump has shown little interest or intent in following our Constitution. He is not abiding by the emoluments clause. He breaks norms and rules at will. He does not recognize that the three branches of government are co-equal. He operates as if the executive branch has total power. Our democracy is not based on the executive branch having absolute power. It requires that the three branches have separate powers in a check-and-balances system. Trump impugns democracy because it limits his power and requires him to be held accountable.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘Donald who?’ Presidential historian predicts GOP support for Trump will erode in the face of a ‘blue wave’

Published

on

MSNBC's Jon Meacham predicts that President Donald Trump won't be able to count on Republican support through a lengthy vote-counting process.

The historian and author told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that GOP support may wane if Democrats strengthen their House majority and take over the Senate from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, even if the results of the presidential election aren't known until weeks later.

"There's a much better chance that Joe Biden will end up somewhat centering the Democratic Party than anybody is going to come along and center the Republican Party," Meacham said, "and I think that's an existential threat to a Republican Party that has sold its soul, the check bounced, and they've got to figure out what are they going to do to attempt to be something approaching majority party in this demographically changing country."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Historian details how ‘anti-science’ views of white evangelicals in the South helped fuel the 2nd wave of COVID-19

Published

on

When the coronavirus pandemic was killing thousands of New York City residents in the spring, many far-right Republicans in Texas and the Deep South argued that they shouldn’t be forced to practice social distancing or wear protective face masks because of a Northeastern Corridor problem. They failed to realize that pandemics, from the Black Death in Medieval times to the Spanish flu in 1918/1919, can rapidly spread from one place to another. Historian Laura Ellyn Smith, in a blistering op-ed for the Washington Post, discusses the fact that COVID-19 has been hitting the South so hard recently — and argues that the “anti-science” views of far-right white Christian fundamentalists are partly to blame.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image