CNN’s Chris Cuomo did his Wednesday night commentary calling President Donald Trump onto the carpet for inciting violence with the attacks he’s made on Democrats.
“Can we do something about what might have inspired it?” Cuomo asked of the bombs sent to the Democratic leaders. “I want to say the answer is yes. We all know this atmosphere is too main. We’re concerned the by negativity. Insults are now a proxy for insights on all sides. But I’m not one who sees equal blame spread all around. Our president cannot escape special scrutiny. He is at the head of the hate parade and way too often.”
He noted Trump was reading prepared remarks at the rally in Wisconsin, and it seemed like he did “not give a damn.”
“He showed tonight that he will not be the one to make the change,” Cuomo continued. He never spoke about his own words or deeds, not once. And on a day that his opponents were targeted, he didn’t even name them, let alone extend a branch. Two former presidents and their wives, their families, one of them his former election rival. And then he put it on us, the media, and us alone to be better and less negative. Unbelievable. And the crowd roared.”
Cuomo noted that Trump is the one that considers his opponents “the enemy” and even calls the free press the “enemy of the people.” Trump celebrates violence toward the media, and when CNN got a pipe-bomb sent to them, he didn’t even mention it. What makes matters worse, “he likes it.”
“When he’s counseled that the presidency demands different behavior from within, he refuses,” Cuomo continued. “When he’s told that he is factually wrong from without, he doubles down. More and more he just flat-out lies, even when he’s told that he’s calling himself something that is ugly and divisive, he doubles down. I am a nationalist. Jingoism, really? Come on. We are better than this.”
But Trump is only part of the problem, according to the CNN host. He talked about the series of “extreme” ideas and agendas that grows an even greater division in the country. He blamed twisting the truth with the express effort to deceive. Those “fake news” creators, he called far from journalists, but “jingoists and frauds.”
“Just hours after the discoveries today, before we knew a damn thing without a shred of proof, they started blaming Democrats,” Cuomo said of the right-wing sources.
He closed by saying that its apparent Americans can’t count on the president to be the leader for a better America, but Americans themselves can be the leaders. As a democracy, we are a people-powered nation, Cuomo argued. That people power has achieved great strides for civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and surely Americans can lead the strive against hate once more.
Watch the empowering commentary below:
‘Martyrdom for snowflakes’: CNN analyst knocks Republicans who desperately wanted to be arrested at protest
CNN host Don Lemon reported Wednesday evening that many Republicans wanted to be arrested for storming the secure room where the House Intelligence Committee depositions were taking place.
Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted that he was told "there was never any chance [members] who barged into SCIF would be arrested by [capital police], but some members asked to be arrested. They wanted the optic of being frog-marched out of the SCIF in front of TV cameras. That would help w/GOP narrative of Dem process abuse."
Commentator Wajahat Ali called it the perfect example of "martyrdom for snowflakes."
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CNN's Don Lemon typically deals with difficult and intense topics at the top of his weekly show. Wednesday night, however, after a serious opener about Syria and ISIS, Lemon broke into hysterics over President Donald Trump's flub saying he would build a border wall on Colorado's border.
"You know why we're going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on our border. And they didn't have it," said Trump. "And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we're building a wall in Colorado. We're building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works — you can't get over, you can't get under. And we're building a wall in Texas. And we're not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana's incredible."
CNN’s Cuomo obliterates GOP congressman who raided SCIF in impeachment hearing
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo brought on Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), one of the Republicans who participated in the raid on the secure room where the Intelligence Committee was conducting impeachment hearings. And Johnson's attempt to defend his behavior did not go well.
"Congressman, did you bring a phone in there?" asked Cuomo.
"We headed down that hallway to demand to be able to do our job. That's what we were there for," said Johnson. "There is no classified information being discussed in that room. It is a classified facility, if classified is being discussed, but there was no classified information being discussed there ... You know, a Republican speaker gave that due process and fairness to President Clinton. A Democrat speaker gave that fairness and due process to Richard Nixon. So what do they have to hide, Chris?"