‘We try to stand up for facts and basic human decency’: Jake Tapper excoriates Trump’s ‘unhinged’ speech
CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday tore into Donald Trump’s “unhinged” rant with an epic fact-check of the president’s Tuesday campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona.
“It is a maxim of this show that we want ideas and policies to be debated full-throatedly, while we also try to stand up for facts, as well as basic human decency,” Tapper began on Wednesday.
Tapper noted the president’s speech touched on his willingness to force a government shut down to pay for the border wall, renegotiate a free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico and pardon a former sheriff who shared Trump’s penchant for pushing a “not a little bit racist campaign to smear the African-American president for having been born in Africa.” The CNN host then tore into Trump’s “historical revisionism” on his condemnation of racists in Charlottesville, VA.
“In this retelling, the president omitted the controversial parts of his post-Charlottesville remarks,” Tapper said, explaining Trump left out his controversial “many sides” argument when discussing the event with his rally-goers.
“‘On many sides,’ of course,” said Tapper. “That was the part that was controversial, and the refusal that day to single out the Klan and Nazis and white supremacists and the alt-right for criticism. It is an omission that misrepresents what happened and, thus, a lie.
Turning to Trump’s incessant attacks on the media, Tapper pointed out that “lying about the media was a common theme last night,” and brought up the president’s charge that the media and anti-Confederacy protestors are “trying to take away our culture.”
“They are trying to take away our culture,” Tapper said, quoting Trump. “‘They’ are trying to take away ‘our’…’They?’”
He continued, “And how do such divisions square with any call for the U.S. to be at peace with each other? They don’t.”
“You are no doubt pleasing your base,” Tapper later said to the president, after reading his abysmal poll numbers for “The Lead” audience. “But your behavior is causing great concern among the majority of the American people.”
Watch the video below, via CNN: