Author and journalist Michael D’Antonio told CNN on Saturday that even President Donald Trump’s kids know that their father is grandiose and over-the-top and give “side-eye” at their father’s exaggerations and “distant relationship” with the truth.
Anchor Ana Cabrera asked D’Antonio — author of The Truth About Trump — what he makes of Trump’s angry tweets and press conference on Saturday in which the president defended his intellect and insisted that his mental capacities are undiminished.
“This is a new element of his defensiveness,” D’Antonio said, “that has to be put into the context of a lifetime of defensiveness. This is a person who hits back almost before anyone has criticized him.”
“The truth and the president have a very distant relationship,” he continued. “Let’s put it that way.”
“He’s had his children involved in his businesses for as long as they’ve been adults,” said D’Antonio, then pointed to Michael Wolff’s assertion that 100 percent of the people closest to Trump believe he’s incapable of the job of being president.
“Even when I visited Trump Tower just about everyone at least gave me the side-eye,” he said of his time working on The Truth About Trump.
“What are you talking about, that ‘side-eye?'” Cabrera asked. “What was your takeaway that they were implying?”
“Well, even his children said to me directly that once they get the chance to run the company, they will do it differently,” D’Antonio said. “It would be more conventional, less extreme in what they say and do.”
“I think everyone realizes that he’s an outsized personality,” the author explained, “and that he goes too far sometimes.”
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GOP lawmaker smacked down after suggesting impeachment is only for capital crimes
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) tried to argue that impeachment is only intended for when presidents commit capital crimes — and was immediately corrected by anchor Chris Hayes.
"I saw an earlier interview you gave to Chuck Todd where you didn’t think this was, so far, from what you’ve heard of, the level of impeachable behavior," said Hayes. "I’m curious what you view the standard as the Constitution sets out for you as being high crimes and treason and misdemeanor."
"Crimes that are subject to the penalty of death is essentially what the Constitution is to me indicating with impeachment," said Reed. "And this whole claim of bribery, the American people aren’t stupid, Chris. This is not going to sustain the review of the American people, and they’re the ultimate ones who are going to judge this because I don’t see this becoming an impeachable subject to the removal of the president."
WATCH LIVE: Trump holds campaign rally to shore up GOP support in Louisiana
One day after the first televised impeachment hearing, President Donald Trump traveled to Louisiana for a campaign rally.
The rally is being held at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, which has a 14,000 seat capacity.
On Saturday, November 16th, voters will travel to the pools to choose between Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA) and Trump's pick, Republican businessman Eddie Rispone.
Former GOP lawmaker criticizes his party’s impeachment stance: They ‘seem to be okay with not knowing all the facts’
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former FBI official and Nevada Republican state Sen. Greg Brower broke down one of his key frustrations with how his party is handling the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
"I'm a Republican who has never agreed with everything in the Republican Party platform. Most of it I did, and that's why I was a Republican elected official, and felt comfortable as one, but things have changed," said Brower. "I guess what I'm most surprised at is the number of Republicans, both in Congress and just out there in the country, who seem to be okay with not knowing all the facts, who seem to be okay with the president directing witnesses who clearly have information relevant to this inquiry, directing them to not cooperate and testify."