CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday was flabbergasted after a New York Times report revealed Donald Trump continues to peddle a series of conspiracy theories that appear untethered to reality—including the racist birther lie alleging Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States.
The Times and the Washington Post on Tuesday both reported the president has taken to discrediting the infamous “Access: Hollywood” tape, wherein he bragged about committing sexual assault (a tape then-candidate Trump apologize for after it was released last October). He is also reportedly telling friends and aides that he still does not believe Obama’s birth certificate was authentic, and claims—against all evidence—that the only reason he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton is because of widespread voter fraud.
“It is his personality trait, and it is the kind of thing he continues to do to be Donald Trump as opposed to evolving into the President of the United States and all of the things that go with the traditions of being president,” CNN’s Dana Bash tried to explain to Lemon. “People didn’t elect him to be a regular politician, I totally get that. But that’s far different from pushing things that are false, pushing things that are not factual, and pushing things that are hurtful to people who had that office not that long ago.”
Lemon later turned to the Atlantic’s Peter Beinart, asking about a portion of the Times report that depicted Republican lawmakers joking about the president’s sanity.
“I wanted to get to one of the quotes here where it says a Republican lawmaker, I think it was a Senator, laughed at the president talking about, thought it was funny, but didn’t want to be named on the record,” Lemon said. “How is that funny?”
“We’re talking about cowardice here,” Beinart replied. “There’s a few exceptions—he’s a brave man, Bob Corker—but most of them are too afraid of their political base to stand up to him.”
“Let’s put the quote up,” Lemon continued. “There it is. ‘One senator who listened as the president revived his doubts about Mr. Obama’s birth certificate chuckled on Tuesday as he recalled the conversation.’ Really? I mean, Dana, what’s funny about that?”
“I got nothing, Don, I really don’t,” Bash replied. “Nothing is funny about it, except for the fact that it sounds like he believes he is being devilish, that he is being funny, that he’s being Donald Trump. I mean he’s been this guy for 71 years, and, you know, it isn’t going to change. And it’s unfortunate. Look, I’m not condoning this at all, but at least he’s not saying this in public, which is what he said for many, many years until he got into the White House.”
“Okay,” Lemon replied, unconvinced.
“That’s the best I can do, Don,” Bash said.
“Every single day and every time I come on I am at a loss for words as to how much this devolves into just an alternative universe,” Lemon said. “It’s not even factual anymore. People are laughing because someone says, ‘I twist the facts,’ basically saying ‘I lie and it’s acceptable.’ I don’t know where we’ve gone.”
‘If you kiss my butt, I will do something for you’: MSNBC commentator slams Trump’s ‘pay-to-play’ pardons
On MSNBC Wednesday, analyst Jason Johnson broke down the self-serving logic of President Donald Trump's pardons.
"These people wrote him from prison, these people had friends asking him questions. Many of these people were connected to the president financially," said Johnson. "And it's the general message that he has, which is that this is a pay-to-play administration. If you kiss my butt, if you give me money, if you make me feel good about myself, if you praise me, if you come up for ridiculous names for yourself 15 minutes after you come out of prison, the I will do something for you."
Trump threatens federal government takeover of San Francisco: ‘It’s worse than a slum’
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the federal government may "step in" to take control of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The president made the remarks at a White House event in Bakersfield, California. During the event, Trump responded to someone who said he wanted to "get rid" of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"Get rid of Pelosi! That's okay with me!" Trump exclaimed. "Lot of people agree. Look what's happened to San Francisco. So sad what's happened, when you see a slum, where it's a slum. It's worse than a slum. There's no slum like that."
"It's something that we're going to do something about," he added. "Because if they don't fix it up, clean it up, take care of the homeless, do what they have to do but clean up their city, the federal government is going to have to step in. And we're going to do it in Los Angeles and San Francisco."
Martha McSally is in big trouble after impeachment votes: report
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) lost when she ran in 2018, but was given a participation prize by the Republican governor who had to appoint someone to cover Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) seat until it came up for reelection in 2020. Recent polling shows that McSally is in serious trouble.
Highground Public Affairs Consultants published their latest poll showing McSally has fallen significantly after the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Going into the impeachment, McSally was polling at 42 percent at PPP polls, RealClearPolitics reported. However, the new data today shows McSally struggling to break 40. Instead, she's hovering around 39 percent, while her opponent, Mark Kelly is at 46 percent.