Quantcast
Connect with us

‘We’re not normalizing ignorant behavior’: CNN panel explodes after Santorum defends Trump attack on Lewis

Published

on

CNN panelista Rick Santorum and Michael Nutter -- (CNN screen grab)

A CNN panel taking up the on-going battle between President-elect Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) took an ugly turn when ex-Senator Rick Santorum went after the civil rights hero.

Appearing on CNN’s Erin Burnett Outfront, long-time presidential adviser David Gergen addressed Trump’s tweets attacking Lewis and then slammed Trump after admitting he didn’t necessarily agree with Lewis’s comments about Trump’s legitimacy as president.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The president of the United States is elected under a spirit of generosity and the spirit of the country in which we come together,” Gergen explained. “This is the week to do that and when he responded in kind, against — look, we have very few heroes in this country. John Lewis is one of them and it is not correct to say that Donald Trump was not insulting to him in his tweets. What about the ‘all talk, no action, sad’?”

“This was an attack on his life, what he stands for, what he did for this country and marching across that bridge –” Gergen continued as Trump advocate Kayleigh McEnany jumped in to blurt, “It wasn’t an attack!”

“He did. That is exactly what he did!” Gergen shot back.

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was then invited to defend Lewis and put his life into perspective.

“It’s insulting to his life and legacy,” Nutter lectured before turning to Trump. “When will the person who will be president act like a grownup and serious person, not always take the bait? Show some restraint, show some dignity. There is no bottom to the depth that he will go to argue with anyone, and cause disdain. Donald Trump was wrong. John Lewis is an icon. He can say whatever he wants.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“And in the context of his comments about legitimacy,” Nutter continued. “I would almost liken it to — you know in track and field there is something called a ‘wind assist.’ John Lewis said that Donald Trump was assisted by the Russian effort, which no one disputes. So that’s all he was saying  and he has a right to say what he wants to say. He’s a member of Congress. He’s 70-some odd years old. He can say whatever he wants.”

While former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said he would have handled the comments differently, he defended Trump by saying, “Donald Trump is the president because he did things like this.”

That set Nutter off.

“He doesn’t get a pass, senator,” Nutter stated. “We’re not normalizing this behavior in this country. We’re not normalizing ignorant behavior in this country.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch the exchange — and more involving Kayleigh McEnany — below via CNN:

ADVERTISEMENT


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

Breaking Banner

John Oliver explains how Dems can bring the pain to Mitch McConnell — even if he wins re-election

Published

on

"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver returned to his Sunday show, fresh off of an Emmy win, to explain how the United States got so incredibly f*cked up.

Oliver began by remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and noting that her seat will be taken over by a far-right conservative justice who will unmake healthcare, reproductive freedom, LGBTQ rights and more things Americans have indicated they want.

He played a clip of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) claiming that America is a "center-right" country, which Oliver called outright "bullsh*t." Not only do Americans overwhelming support reproductive freedom, they also support LGBTQ equality. At the same time, Americans also believe, overwhelmingly, that President Donald Trump shouldn't be allowed to appoint the next justice.

Continue Reading

2020 Election

Trump campaign blames Dems for ex-campaign manager Parscale’s reported self-harm threat

Published

on

The Trump campaign is blaming "Democrats and disgruntled RINOs" for the reported self-harm threat of its former campaign manager Brad Parscale.

"The disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they've done to this man and his family," said Trump campaign’s communications director Tim Murtaugh.

Statement from ?@realDonaldTrump? Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh pic.twitter.com/NKuJrtmImz

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Former Army prosecutor explains why Trump will ‘get laughed out of court’ if he tries to steal the election

Published

on

Democrats are still panicking about the plots that President Donald Trump and the Republican Party seem to be cooking up to circumvent the people's vote in November.

Last week's shocking piece in The Atlantic detailed how electors in Pennsylvania could be manipulated to deliver Trump the vote despite ballots to the contrary. After President George W. Bush's campaign convincing the Supreme Court to stop Florida from counting the 2000 election ballots, there is a fear that Trump too could manipulate the courts to get his Supreme Court justices to deliver him a win.

Continue Reading
 
 
Democracy is in peril. Invest in progressive news. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free. LEARN MORE