Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson on Tuesday took a hammer to Trump supporter Steve Cortes over his excuses for President Donald Trump’s tweet about immigrants “breeding” in California.
After Cortes acknowledged that Trump could have phrased his tweet about “breeding” immigrants better, Dyson pointed out that all of Trump’s language surrounding undocumented immigrants serves to take away their humanity.
“The point is not simply the turn of phrase, it is the viciousness with which that phrase is communicated and it’s the body of belief that that phrase intends to communicate,” he said. “This is a president who is profoundly anti-immigrant, especially against brown people… if the president doesn’t understand that, shame on him!”
“That is so unfair and just not true,” Cortes complained, before noting that he was of Latino descent while also being a Trump supporter.
Host Alisyn Camerota chimed in to note that outright white nationalists such as Richard Spencer have similarly used the term “breeding” to describe immigrants’ behavior as a way to dehumanize them, although Cortes insisted that Trump couldn’t possibly know that racists talk about immigrants that way since he purportedly “doesn’t pay attention” to them.
Dyson, however, was ready to once again crush Cortes’ arguments, and he said that Trump doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt after he described some of the white supremacists at last year’s march in Charlottesville as “very fine people.”
“Shame on you, Mr. President,” he said. “Grow up.”
Watch the video below.
Trump slammed for lawless obstruction of Congress: ‘He’s taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution’
On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), who voted for the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, discussed the path forward for impeaching President Donald Trump.
"We know moderate Democrats are a bit frustrated with leadership over potentially expanding the scope of their consideration, maybe the Mueller report findings and drawing up these articles of impeachment," said anchor Victor Blackwell. "Do you think it's a mistake not to include anything beyond the Ukraine matter?"
"Yes," said Holtzman. "I think it would be a mistake, although, you know, I'm still at a distance, and the members of the committee really have to, who have been digging into this deeply have the best feel, but my sense is that the, what the president did is so egregious, not just with regard to Ukraine, but what part of what's bad about his activities in Ukraine, is that he's taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution by saying that Congress has no right to get information, and he's cut off his committee, his administration from, and ordered and directed them not to cooperate with the committee in any way."
Giuliani pummeled by ex-press secretary for ‘returning to the scene of the crime’ to create Ukraine chaos
On CNN Saturday, Rudy Giuliani's former mayoral press secretary Ken Frydman harshly criticized his former boss for his ongoing efforts in the Ukraine scheme.
"As you've watched the former mayor over the last several years, have you identified a point at which things shifted for the man who I guess still is for some known at America's Mayor?" asked anchor Victor Blackwell."
"Well, yeah. I think when he went into business with Donald Trump," said Frydman. "You saw a — a severe change in his personality. He had a zealous need to make money, to be relevant. To be part of the political process. And you know right now he's making, I think, ill-advised decisions, like returning to the scene of the crime, Ukraine, to make a propagandist documentary. Almost as if he's playing, he and the president, are playing, 'catch me if you can.' The president will not participate in the impeachment hearings, and Rudy is off in the Ukraine doubling down."
‘I haven’t had a personal cell phone for years’: Trump demands retraction from CNN — in tweet sent from his iPhone
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump had spoken to Rudy Giuliani over unsecured phone lines.
If he was using an unsecured phone to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine, Trump would effectively be allowing the Russians to listen in.
CNN confirmed the unsecured phone use, reporting "President Donald Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN."