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.”
WATCH: Trump wonders if he should start taking insulin
On Tuesday, at a press conference, President Donald Trump mused aloud whether he should start taking insulin.
"I don’t use insulin. Should I be? Huh? I never thought about it," he said.
"But I know a lot of people are very badly affected, right?" he added a second later. "Unbelievable."
Insulin is a crucial hormone the regulates blood sugar. People who are afflicted with Type 1 diabetes are incapable of producing it in their pancreas, and thus must administer it to themselves regularly through injections or pumps.
Trump muses about using insulin just for fun pic.twitter.com/PWvEhEcmTM
‘Exonerated Five’ member warns of a ‘dangerous time’ after latest Central Park incident
On CNN Tuesday, Yusef Salaam, one of the members of the Exonerated Five, warned about the implications of recent racist incidents to the state of civil rights in America.
"I want to ask you, in the course of the last couple of days we've covered this story, we've covered the story of a man who died after police put him in a hold with a knee to the neck. Yesterday I spoke with an African-American journalist who covered the Kentucky governor being hung in effigy, with people doing it who didn't seem to understand why that was problematic," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "And I just wonder what that says to you, after all of these decades, about where the country is."
SpaceX readies for blast-off with NASA astronauts aboard
Gray skies loomed over Florida's Atlantic coast Tuesday, just one day before two astronauts were set to blast off aboard a SpaceX capsule on the most dangerous and prestigious mission NASA has ever entrusted to a private company.
There was a 60 percent chance for favorable weather for Wednesday's flight, according to Tuesday's latest Cape Canaveral forecast.
US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have been in strict quarantine for two weeks ahead of their trip on the brand-new Crew Dragon capsule, which will be propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket.
Both the capsule and the rocket were manufactured by SpaceX, the start-up founded in 2002 by the then-thirty-something Elon Musk, a brilliant and brash Mars-obsessive who made his fortune with PayPal and also created the famous Tesla electric cars.