CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday called out Donald Trump for “caving” to the GOP over his administration’s decision to rescind guidelines on protections for transgender students, arguing, “this isn’t Donald Trump actually triumphant here.”
Trump revoked guidance issued by President Barack Obama in May 2016 that instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. This, despite the president’s campaign-era indications that he would support LGBTQ rights.
“North Carolina did something that was very strong, and they’re paying a big price and there’s a lot of problems,” Trump said in 2016, referring to the state’s controversial HB2 bill which eliminated anti-discrimination protections designed to support the LGBTQ community.
“People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate,” Trump said. “There has been so little trouble.” Then-candidate Trump added he would be fine with Caitlyn Jenner, a prominent transgender figure, using whatever bathroom she chooses.
Burnett on Wednesday sharply criticized the president’s hypocrisy regarding transgender rights.
“This is amazing though, that the president is going against what he himself said,” Burnett said. “We all know that he believes he will be a hero if he keeps the promises he made.”
“He’s caving,” she continued. “Let’s just be clear here, Donald Trump is caving to part of his party. This isn’t Donald Trump actually triumphant here, if you listen to his own words.”
Watch the video below, via CNN:
Trump drowned in ‘heavy metal jokes’ after trying to tag Dem challengers as ‘motley crew’
President Donald Trump trotted out a new catchphrase to mock the field of Democratic presidential candidates, but it didn't get quite the reaction he may have hoped.
The president insisted polls looked good for his re-election chances, despite leaked internal polling that says otherwise, and tried to tag his potential 2020 challengers as a "motley crew."
Only Fake Polls show us behind the Motley Crew. We are looking really good, but it is far too early to be focused on that. Much work to do! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Trump betting he can win re-election by spinning new conspiracy theories to explain investigations: report
Special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into President Donald Trump's association with Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 presidential election may be over. But that does not mean the president is free from oversight.
According to Politico, Trump is still facing 15 civil and criminal probes by at least nine federal, state, and municipal agencies on everything from obstruction of justice to campaign finance violations to using his office to enrich his family and businesses. But president is not bothered by these investigations — or at least, he believes that he can use them to his political advantage.
Meet the mysterious conservative lawyer who keeps turning up in the Russia probes
A prominent conservative lawyer keeps showing up in dramas central to the Trump administration and its battles with Congress—and it turns out he has intimate knowledge of Felix Sater’s intelligence work for the U.S. government while he was working with Trump.
The Moscow-born Sater is the financial criminal and violent felon who worked closely with Trump for years while simultaneously serving as a long-term informant for the FBI and other national security agencies.
In 2015 and into mid-2016, Sater pushed for the development of a Trump Tower in Moscow with his old friend Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime fixer, while trying to enlist support from the Russian government for Trump’s campaign.