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.”
GOP’s use of Kanye West to help Trump has been a spectacular flop: CNN host
On CNN Saturday, Michael Smerconish examined rapper Kanye West's presidential campaign — and how the GOP efforts to boost it to siphon voters from former Vice President Joe Biden don't appear to be working.
"Is Kanye West serious about running for president or is it all part of a dark twisted fantasy?" said Smerconish. "NPR has documented how several operatives, some with Trump ties, are actively helping the superstar get on general election ballots in various states. Kanye West officially on the ballot in Vermont, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, and has filed recently in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Jared Kushner met privately with West in Colorado, where the two par took in a friendly conversation ... the RNC and Trump has denied involvement in West's campaign. but the president isn't exactly discouraging the competition."
Greenland’s ice sheet has melted past the point of no return
Greenland's ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests.
Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through 2018 and found that annual snowfall was no longer enough to replenish glaciers of the snow and ice being lost to summertime melting.
That melting is already causing global seas to rise about a millimeter on average per year. If all of Greenland's ice goes, the water released would push sea levels up by an average of 6 meters -- enough to swamp many coastal cities around the world. This process, however, would take decades.
Trump targets TikTok again with new executive order
US President Donald Trump late Friday lashed out anew at ByteDance, issuing a fresh executive order stating the Chinese internet giant must sell its interest in the Musical.ly app it bought and merged with TikTok.
The order builds on sweeping restrictions issued last week by Trump that TikTok and WeChat end all operations in the US, his latest explosive moves aimed at countering China's rising global power.
ByteDance bought karaoke video app Musical.y from a Chinese rival about three years ago in a deal valued at nearly a billion dollars. It was incorporated into TikTok, which became a global sensation.