Republican strategist and CNN commentator Ana Navarro blasted the president after he attacked Don Lemon, LeBron James and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). She noted in a tweet that all of those people have one thing in common: their race. Navarro urged Trump to stay away from attacking them because they’re way out of his league.
Trump called Don Lemon, LeBron James and Maxine Waters, "dumb". One is from the South. One is from Cleveland. One is from LA. One is in the NBA. One is on TV. One is in Congress. Hmmmm… I wonder what they could possibly have in common? Oh, wait…🖐🏾
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 4, 2018
“Look, if you don’t see this as racist, I would ask you to please go get your vision checked,” Navarro said Sunday. “It’s also — remember, we’re not taking this, you know, in a vacuum. This is not the one instance when Donald Trump has said something that is a dog whistle, a racist dog whistle.”
She recalled the president’s comment that he doesn’t want immigrants from so-called “sh*thole countries” like “Africa.”
Another of Trump’s crusades has been an attack on black sports stars kneeling during the National Anthem. The protest has been part of an ongoing protest against police brutality and criminal justice reform.
“There is nothing that he can do that at this point will turn off that base,” Navarro said. “I think they are emotionally invested in him. They see him as their ugly baby, but it’s their baby, so nobody better tell me he’s an ugly baby. They see it as a tribal fight.”
She noted that the NBA basketball star just opened an at-risk STEM school for needy children. Meanwhile, Trump was forced to settle lawsuits from Trump University.
“These are guys that came out of poverty, that did it on their own, that worked hard as hell, that are smart, that don’t lie to the American people on a daily basis and are finding ways to make America great today and do things to contribute to the community they’re a part of,” Navarro said. “I have seen Don Lemon, who is a friend of mine, do so much for charity work, for philanthropy. LeBron James is another one.”
‘Barr is a toady’: Jeffrey Toobin says talk of attorney general resigning is ‘just a big show’
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says he doesn't believe Attorney General William Barr when he claims he considered resigning from the Trump administration.
Sources close to Barr told ABC News that the attorney general had contemplated quitting because President Donald Trump's tweets make it difficult for him to do his job.
"Barr is a toady," Toobin explained during an appearance on CNN. "Barr is doing what he's told. He had this one statement, 'Oh, whoa is me, it's hard for me to do my job when the president tweets.'"
‘That’s how authoritarian countries work’: CNN’s Toobin warns Trump is acting like a dictator
On CNN Wednesday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down the significance of President Donald Trump's decision to pardon several high-powered friends accused of political corruption and tax crimes.
"There is no doubt, under the Constitution, the president has the power to do this," said Toobin. "This is not legally a — an open question. And there is a history of controversial pardons, whether it's President Clinton pardoning Marc Rich, a fugitive financier, or George Herbert Walker Bush pardoning the Iran-Contra people on his way out of the office."
"So what makes this so troubling is in the middle of his term, here he is assigning friends, basically friends and friends of friends, to get pardons and clemency, which is how authoritarians behave, which is playing favorites with your personal friends at a time when you are playing with the opposite of favorites with prosecutorial decisions," said Toobin. "I want these people prosecuted, these people freed — that's how authoritarian countries work. Countries where there is the rule of law, there are systems in place for who gets prosecuted, who gets clemency. This is a very individually-focused way to run a presidency."
GOP’s portrayal of Trump as a corruption fighter torn to shreds as ‘complete nonsense’
Republicans who defended President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings insisted that he wasn't trying to shake down the Ukrainian government to investigate his political foes, but was instead sincerely concerned about fighting corruption abroad.
CNN's John Avlon, however, argued on Wednesday that Trump showed these claims were "complete nonsense" after he unleashed a slew of pardons and commutations for corrupt former public officials, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who both were sent to prison after being found guilty of abusing their offices for personal gain.