Monday began with President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s gaffe-filled interview with CNN that was supposed to be a clean-up of another interview flub. It’s just the latest in a long line of mistakes made by the president’s attorney in their public relations campaign against the special counsel and FBI investigators.
During Seth Meyers “Late Night,” the host noted that the president and his team lie so badly that all anyone would have to do is point a camera at them.
“He’s a liar, whose lawyer is lying about his lying lawyer’s lies,” Meyers summed up Giuliani’s attacks on ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. He noted that there should be a Dr. Seuss-style book about it called The Lie-ax.
Contradicting Giuliani’s attacks on Cohen, Meyers unearthed all of the times the former New York mayor celebrated Trump’s former fixer.
Meyers went on to mock Trump for the way that he worked to defend his son Donald Trump Jr. to press last week.
“Don is — as many of you know Don — he’s a good boy,” Trump said through his press office.
“He’s 40 and you’re talking about him like he’s a Golden Retriever,” Meyers joked.
In his Trump voice, Meyers took the president’s praise even further.
“He’s a good boy. Very loyal,” Meyers said. “And house trained. You never hear the fake-news talk about how he’s house trained. But it’s been weeks since he’s had an accident.”
He noted that it does make sense if you think about Trump in this context.
“Trump is a 72-year-old man, who eats McDonald’s, wants a Space Force and gives people dumb nicknames,” Meyers continued. “By the end of his presidency, his motorcade will just be Secret Service pulling him in a Radio-Flyer.”
The NBC host explained that the story keeps shifting for the Trump team. They’ve gone from saying that the Trump Tower meeting wasn’t about getting dirt to saying nothing came of it. Then they tried to claim that even if something did come of the meeting, “that’s politics.” Today, however, Meyers noted, Giuliani moved the goal-post even further.
Under Giuliani’s description, there’s no such thing as collusion in the federal code. One legal analyst noted that he looked up the word collusion in the dictionary only to find it to be a synonym for “illegal, criminal conspiracy.” The crime that the investigators are looking into is beyond criminal conspiracy, however.
Trump has maintained that there is “no collusion.”
Dr. Fauci emotionally recounts his close relationship with the late AIDS activist Larry Kramer
Dr. Anthony Fauci has burst on to the national stage as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, but his work as a public health official extends back decades. He was a key figure in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in an interview on PBS NewsHour on Wednesday, he offered a personal and emotional glimpse into that history.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Larry Kramer, a famed writer and influential AIDS activist, had died at age 84. PBS host Judy Woodroof noted that Fauci and Kramer had been friends.
"In the beginning of the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s, the two of you had a pretty contentious relationship," Woodroof said. "But that changed over time."
REVEALED: An Obama-era plan to protect medical workers in a pandemic was thwarted under Trump
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that his Democratic predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, left him ill-prepared to handle a major health crisis when, in fact, Obama’s administration left behind a comprehensive pandemic game plan that included a 69-page playbook. But Trump’s administration abandoned those Obama-era recommendations. On top of that, National Public Radio’s Brian Mann is reporting that Trump’s administration, in 2017, “stopped work on new federal regulations that would have forced the health care industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19.”
‘Don’t be a sucker’: CNN’s Cuomo begs viewers not to let Trump’s antics distract from the horror of COVID deaths
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo warned viewers not to be taken in by President Donald Trump's distraction tactics — and instead focus on the loss of human life from the coronavirus pandemic.
"It's a sad night. I don't know any other way to put it," said Cuomo. "I don't even like that the music's playing, to be honest. It's just three months. We've lost a hundred thousand lives. Do you need band music to tell you it's something urgent?"
"We were told this pandemic would magically disappear without any real trouble. A couple dozen cases," said Cuomo. "Today, did you hear what our president, Donald John Trump, said to calm and reassure our nerves, that we will do everything we can to keep us safe as we reopen and that he will make it his life's focus because that what a president does? Did you hear him say that? Me either. Not a damn word from Trump as this country is just struggling to get our heads and our hearts, let alone our hands around processing such loss so quickly. Suddenly he is now at a loss. Not even a tweet."