CNN commentator Charles Blow on Monday torched Donald Trump’s surrogates for trying “to make rational something that is not rational,” arguing what the president asks his staff to do “is impossible.”
“You cannot deliver truth to the the press if the man who is delivering the truth to you is lying,” Blow said on “AC 360.”
“All of his surrogates are basically put in this position where they have to try to make rational something that is not rational,” Blow continued. “They have to try to make sense of something that simply does not make sense. And they have to make him look good, while continuously makes himself look bad.”
Blow said Trump’s surrogates “try to put a good face … to make him seem cogent and adroit and he simply isn’t.”
“The embarrassment they experience is because they’re simply trying to do something that cannot be done,” Blow argued. “In the West Wing, maybe that works—that everybody simply flatters the king. But in the real world, when you’re facing real reporters who have done this for their entire lives, it just doesn’t fly. When you’re facing the american public and they know you’re lying, it simply doesn’t fly.“
Blow addressed reports that current White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer might be removed from his current role, arguing he people floated to replace him will face the same obstacles.
“Even if it’s Laura Ingraham–you guys might Laura, I don’t like Laura at all, and I don’t think she’s all that smart, and I don’t think she’s that much of an honorable person.”
“Anybody who has to step into this role has to already assume you’re taking on the baggage of not being an honorable person. You have to go out and convince somebody who is lying, and that’s a problem,” Blow added. “There’s no way to get around that.”
Rick Santorum smacked down for claiming Sondland testimony helped Trump
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that the testimony of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland actually helped President Donald Trump — and was promptly challenged.
"I think the Democrats had a good morning. I don't think they had a good afternoon," said Santorum. "I think what when the Republicans actually started questioning Sondland about the details, I think it fell apart a little bit."
"How so?" asked Chris Cuomo.
"He said the president never said any of these things to him," said Santorum. "In fact, what the president said, he quoted what the president said is, no, there's no quid pro quo. What he says is, well, I'm surmising, this is what I'm just sort of gathering. Did anything come from the president? No, it came from Rudy Giuliani."
‘The cost of acquitting Donald Trump just went up’ for the Republicans: MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid
MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid explained during the post-hearing wrap-up that things aren't looking good for Republican senators up for reelection in 2020.
In the wake of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony, things are getting more difficult for Republicans faced with a vote on impeachment.
"Even if [the numbers] don't move, the problem is going to be a lot of these people have to run for re-election, letting the president off the hook when it's pretty clear what happened," Reid said. "This is pretty simple, and if I'm Cory Gardener (R-CO), I'm not feeling great."
Brian Williams noted that Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) is one of the many Republicans "who's leaving town on a fast horse." If anyone could be pealed off by Democrats, Williams thinks it is Hurd.
Indicted Giuliani associate helped Nunes arrange meetings during his overseas trips to discredit the Russia investigation
On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate currently under federal indictment for campaign finance violations, helped Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) arrange meetings in Europe as part of his efforts to discredit the investigation of Russian contacts within President Donald Trump's campaign.
According to congressional records, Nunes, in his capacity as then-House Intelligence Chairman, visited Europe from November 30 to December 3, of last year, during which he was accompanied by three staffers — Derek Harvey, Scott Glabe, and George Pappas — at a taxpayer expense of over $63,000.