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.”
We’ve been living in ‘Game of Thrones’: Ex-CIA official blasts Trump for trying to crush whistleblower
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former CIA Counterterrorism Center Deputy Director Philip Mudd laid into President Donald Trump over his administration's efforts to quash a whistleblower with sensitive information on a promise Trump allegedly made to a foreign leader.
"You watch Game of Thrones on TV ... In the past 24 hours I feel look we've lived it," said Mudd. "Let me give you a take — I'm not sure of any side except the White House is wrong here. The inspector general says, I have something so egregious that I need to act on it, even if it includes activities of the White House. You have the acting DNI saying, that might be egregious activity but if it's White House personnel they don't work for me. I'm supposed to report on people who work for me and activities that might be inappropriate among my employees. Why am I responsible to reporting to Congress on somebody at the White House who is not my employee? I'm not sure anybody is wrong here. Both may be right. The person in the middle, I think, is the president and I think it's going to come out."
White House limiting staff access to Trump’s phone calls to prevent future whistleblowers: CNN
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported that President Donald Trump has grown furious about the state of White House leaks, and his officials are working to keep as many people in the administration as possible shut out from his phone calls with foreign leaders — precisely to avoid situations like the exploding DNI whistleblower scandal.
"As for the whistleblower complaint that's being kept from Congress, a senior administration official tells CNN as these leaks from these calls have angered Trump, top officials in the West Wing began to limit who could listen in on these conversations so as to tighten the circle of people in the know and what the president has been discussing in some of these phone calls with foreign leaders," said Acosta.
Even CNN’s Republican commentator agrees foreign leaders in his call list ‘is not great’ for Trump
President Donald Trump has found himself embroiled in yet another scandal as his Justice Department is muzzling a whistleblower who raised important concerns about a call between the president and a foreign leader. According to the complaint, the conversation between Trump and the leader was so concerning that it prompted a rare complaint to the inspector general by an intelligence officer.
During a CNN panel discussion, even the Republican commentator agreed that it doesn't look good for Trump. The list of leaders that Trump contacted during the time of this complaint were, Vladimir Putin (Russia), Kim Jong Un (North Korea), Imran Khan (Pakistan), Mark Rutte (Netherlands) and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (Qatar).