CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday seemed unable to grasp why Donald Trump, a man who prides himself on “[calling] them as sees them,” can’t seem to call avowed white supremacists “Nazis.”
“That’s how he rolls,” Tapper said of Trump’s “call-‘em-like-I-see ‘em” approach. “Indeed a reel of his public statements and Twitter archive are a gold mine of attacks against those whose behavior of which he disapproves.”
“There’s seemingly no one immune to the president’s ire,” Tapper said. “There are two exceptions of course, Vladimir Putin and it would seem white supremacists. The president seems to struggle when called on to specifically and unequivocally criticize those groups.”
“We’re all left to wonder why did it take so long?” Tapper asked of Trump’s statement Monday finally condemning white supremacy.
Turning to Trump’s prompt criticism of former White House manufacturing council member Ken Frazier, Tapper asked, “Is it easier for President Trump to criticize Ken Frazier than it is to criticize the Klan? Easier for him to attack U.S. intelligence agencies?”
“Why is it easier to suggest U.S. intelligence operatives are behaving like Nazis than to call these actual Nazis ‘Nazis’?” Tapper wondered.
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‘Pure and simple evil’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika destroy Trump’s ‘racist and illegal’ taunts against Omar
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski warned that President Donald Trump's attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were both illegal and racist -- as well as an incitement to violence.
The "Morning Joe" co-hosts were appalled by the crowd's reaction -- chanting "send her back" -- to Trump attacks at a Greensboro, North Carolina, rally.
"Republicans shamed themselves by not calling racism, racism," Scarborough said. "I saw some people actually write columns that used to be respected trying to excuse the president's language and saying it's not racist, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that Donald Trump oversees that enforces laws against discrimination, specifically outlined such language that the president used last night and that his crowd used last night as an example of bias."
Stephen Colbert mocks Eric Trump in a way that must be seen to be believed
Stephen Colbert mocked Eric Trump so badly it has to be seen to be believed.
The moment came after Colbert played a clip of the young Trump child saying that 95 percent of the United States supports him, the camera cut to Colbert doing his Eric impression.
"I've got big gums, and I cannot lie," Colbert said.
"Yeah, 95, guys, I'm tellin' ya," Colbert said, pretending to be Eric with his lips curled up.
Black Pennsylvania Trump voter wonders if he’s still welcome in the GOP
Tuesday, CNN released interviews with Texas Trump supporters who defended his racist attacks on four Congresswomen of color. Wednesday night, Van Jones showed his panel of supporters of both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. But things got tense when a Black Trump supporter was asked about the president's racially charged statements.
Two men, one white one Black, in the group said they supported Trump and probably would again because business was good. Two women in the group lamented that Trump's racism was hurtful for the country.
"I just go back to values," the older women said. "I value treating people with dignity. And if there is anything that is incongruent with those values, then I'm not for that. So I'm not going to put profit over my values."