White House press secretary Sean Spicer is a “dead man walking,” according to Van Jones.
The progressive commentator had it out with President Donald Trump’s former deputy communications director Bryan Lanza on Friday’s “Erin Burnett Out Front.”
Kate Bolduan, filling in for Burnett, noted that Spicer is having a hard time answering questions about whether or not Trump still considers climate change to be a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.
“Listen, here’s what I know,” Lanza said, unable to answer the question. “I think you guys are looking at the quick sound bite with Sean and on camera interviews. That’s fine, but he answers a lot of interviews in the print media every day. I think the White House is providing responses to tons of stories on hundreds of outlets.”
Just not on that question.
“He didn’t answer any of those questions to print reporters, podcasters, TV reporters,” Jones schooled. “What you’re now seeing is Sean Spicer as the incredible shrinking man. When he first came out he was full of bluster and energy. He looked like a depressed little kid standing up there. Ordinarily, when you see someone looking like that, he’s like a dead man walking in D.C., but it looks like he’s going to be a zombie character. But they won’t take him out of the job. They won’t let him do his job. He just has to be out there and be a piñata for the press. And it’s really sad, because the questions he’s being asked — if he wants to answers those questions to print reporters or podcasters or to third graders, he can’t answer them because he apparently doesn’t know or hasn’t been given authority to speak.”
Lanza tried to spin pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord that the White House isn’t totally out and that they are open to renegotiating it. Jones, however, reminded Lanza that the White House can’t negotiate with itself and currently that is the only government interested in negotiating.
“Trump has said basically it took 25 years for 190 countries to come together and now he wants to start something on his own,” Jones said. “Nobody is saying they want to do that. In fact, he has created the biggest power vacuum on the planet by calling that press conference and now you see China rushing forward, California rushing forward, and what he’s actually done is give a tremendous gift to his opponents.”
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While some prominent Republicans criticized the president, they stopped short of calling his comments racist.
MSNBC reported Tuesday that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) -- a civil rights icon -- deemed Trump's remarks racist.
"This is not any, any way for the president of the United States of America to be attacking to be saying what he's saying about these young women," Lewis said.
"It's just dead wrong. We must use everything in a nonviolent way to say that it's wrong."
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Donald Trump thinks white nationalism is going to win him the 2020 election. This much is clear. Trump's racist Twitter rant on Sunday — in which he suggested that four nonwhite congresswomen, three of whom were born in the United States, are "originally" from somewhere else and should therefore "go back" — might have seemed at first like a spontaneous eruption of racist rage from the simmering bigot in the White House.
Soon, however, it became clear that this was strategic. Trump thinks it's a winning move to echo the claims of David Duke and other white nationalists who believe the United States is for white people. He justified his racism by saying that "many people agree with me," and by continuing to rave on Twitter about how the real purveyors of "racist hatred" are those who look askance at his embracing the rhetoric of Stormfront and the KKK.
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The comments set off a furor that the president was being outwardly racist.
“It's up to them. They can do what they want. They can leave, they can stay, but they should love our country,” the president told reporters Tuesday when he was asked about his remarks.
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