CNN contributors Angela Rye and Amanda Carpenter faced off Tuesday over Donald Trump’s most recent “blatantly racist” remark, with the segment pretty quickly derailing over just who’s to blame of normalizing the president’s “coded racial language.”
Reporting on Trump’s use of the word “breeding” in a tweet about immigrants last week, Don Lemon explained that people are having “a hard time buying” the White House’s spin on the president’s remarks.
“One reason people may have a hard time buying it is because it’s the latest in a number of comments which seem to set a pattern here,” Lemon said before taking viewers “down the memory hole” to Trump attacks on Barack Obama’s citizenship and insults against protesting NFL players.
“If you’re waiting for an apology [for birtherism], I hope you haven’t been holding your breath,” Lemon said.
“He keeps saying things that are just blatantly racist,” the host continued. “People keep explaining it away.”
Lemon noted Trump “says or tweets something that’s racist and then [Sarah Huckabee] Sanders stands at the podium and she tries to spin it.”
“Is this normalizing racism?” Lemon asked his panel, including Rye and Carpenter.
“I think the moment Donald Trump became the Republican nominee they agreed to normalize racism,” Rye said, arguing the party’s policies are “woefully horrible.”
“You have to at some point say Donald Trump is the Republican party’s Frankenstein,” Rye said and Carpenter protested. “They have to own this. Amanda, you can roll your eyes but I but I am—“
“Finish you’re point,” Carpenter demanded.
“I am, I don’t need your permission to do that, okay?” Rye asked. “Here is the bottom line—“
“Here we go,” Carpenter jumped in.
“Yes, we are just getting started, honey,” Rye replied before laying out Republican leaders’ complacency in the Trump administration.
Carpenter argued “what is so frustrating” is that people on the left “will do anything they can to lump any Republican, marry them to Trump.” Pointing to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), Carpenter complained “good people are just leaving.”
“You want them to stay and fight you will berate people like Paul Ryan because they didn’t fight hard enough,” she said. “… You say every Republican is a racist. That’s what it always gets back to. I take responsibility for what my party did to create Trump but when are liberals going to do that?”
“What’s the question—liberals going to do what?” Rye asked.
“What Republican is acceptable to you?” Carpenter said before launching into a defense of her own posture towards Trump.
“What’s so interesting is there’s a very country saying in the south saying a hit dog will holler,” Rye said before explained, “I’m not coming after you.”
Trump is ‘losing it’ and ‘devolving down into rabbit holes of conspiracy theories’: Conservative TV host
On Monday, conservative CNN talk show host S. E. Cupp slammed President Donald Trump for his behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think no matter who the president is, there's always going to be someone criticizing the response to a disaster," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "But something that has been true since the beginning of this is that the president really had a real opportunity, handed one, to unify people, to lead, to set a tone, and he's really squandering it, isn't he?"
"I think we should say, Brianna, this has long gone past offensive, and distasteful. I think what we're seeing is the president losing it," said Cupp. "I don't think that the president's behavior is that of a healthy, stable, balanced person. That he can't focus all of his energy and efforts and attention on this global pandemic, on securing the physical and economic safety and health of this country, is very alarming. Instead, devolving down these rabbit holes of conspiracy theories, baseless conspiracy theories as you pointed out, attacking women for their looks and their weight, you know, threatening governors, one in Michigan for mail-in voting, another in North Carolina for not guaranteeing a full house at the RNC."
Trump ally: It’s ‘unrealistic’ to say president shouldn’t golf just because people are dying of COVID-19
On CNN Monday, former Trump adviser and Republican lobbyist David Urban defended President Donald Trump's decision to take a golf outing as coronavirus deaths approached 100,000.
"Every death is horrible," Urban said. However, "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic."
The US approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths, while this weekend President Trump played golf.
Close Trump confidante @DavidJUrban says “every death is horrible," but "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic.” pic.twitter.com/rYnVaUD0Tc
Watching Trump read from teleprompter is like a ‘parallel universe’ compared to his crazy tweets: CNN’s John King
President Donald Trump on Monday delivered a somber Memorial Day address -- and CNN host John King remarked about how strange it was to see him acting presidential.
Even though the president spent the weekend launching angry attacks on his political foes that included a baseless accusation of murder against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, he stuck entirely to reading from the teleprompter during his Memorial Day speech, which included stirring stories of courage about members of America's armed forces.