On Wednesday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo hammered President Donald Trump’s former aide Steve Cortes by saying his defenses for the president are old and tired.
Cuomo asked him to explain President Trump siding with Vladimir Putin during their summit.
“So Cortes, let’s do one of your favorite things to do. Let’s play the ‘if Obama did it’ game. If Obama had that list of accomplishments over the last seven days, you wouldn’t even use his last name. You wouldn’t use his first name. You would only call him by his middle name. All you’d be saying is Hussein all the time because you would believe that somehow he had some type of nefarious connection and that’s what it was all about. How do you justify it?” Cuomo asked.
“I wouldn’t be saying that,” Cortes responded. Listen, as much as I disagree with his policies I would never question his patriotism and his love of our country.”
Cortes went on to try to explain the real problem. “I really believe here’s what’s going on with Ana Navarro, and with a lot of people on the left right now, is this has become the birtherism of the left,” he said.
But before he could finish, Republican strategist, Ana Navarro, fact-checked him for calling her a Democrat.
“Every time you are on, Steve, you like to call me part of the left,” she said. “Let me remind you that I have been a lifelong Republican. Let me remind you that I was a Republican when Donald Trump was a Democrat. I was a Republican when Donald Trump was an Independent.”
She continued: “I have supported every Republican that’s run for president. I will tell you today that Ronald Reagan, who had the strength of his convictions when he was confronting Russia during the Cold War. Ronald Reagan would be rolling over in his grave today if he saw the behavior of Donald Trump and this administration and he saw the number of so-called Republicans who turned the other way and somehow find a way to excuse this inexcusable behavior.”