TIME reporter Molly Ball told CNN on Monday that Trump’s refusal to deal seriously with murderous authoritarians like Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman has Republicans in swing districts ‘cringing’, but there’s not much they can do about it.
Asked by host Poppy Harlow whether Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia, Russia, and North Korea was “helpful to other Republican candidates,” Ball was decidedly amused.
“Republicans that are in marginal districts, swing districts, swing states, purple states, they know that this election is first and foremost a referendum on the president,” she said. “The more he’s in the frame, the more he reminds people how much they either like or don’t like him.”
“The president is unpopular overall, particularly in these swing areas,” Ball said, and pointed to the Trump’s low approval ratings with the general electorate. “The more he’s stirring up controversy, the more he’s sort of hogging the spotlight, the more I think those Republicans sort of cringe and wish he would find something else to do for a few weeks.”
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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate
With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.
A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.
Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.
‘He clocked Beto’: Van Jones says ‘Castro came out of nowhere’ to dominate the first Democratic debate
CNN host Van Jones asserted on Wednesday that former Transporation Secretary Julián Castro was the breakout star of the first Democratic presidential debate.
"I was super proud to be a Democrat," Jones said following the debate. "I thought they all did better than Trump."
The CNN host went on to call Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) a "college professor" compared to the other candidates, who he said were more like "graduate students."
"She is able to go back and forth between policy and the human thing," Jones marveled before moving on to praise Castro.
"It was Castro that came out of nowhere!" Jones exclaimed. "Nobody was talking about Castro. He did the Texas takedown, turned around, clocked Beto [O'Rourke]. I mean, you never saw it coming."
CNN’s Toobin shuts down Rick Santorum for spinning about the Mueller report
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that there was no point to Democrats calling former special counsel Robert Mueller for a public hearing — but legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin quickly shut him down.
"The Democrats think it will spark some sort of outrage for impeachment," said Santorum. "I just think, and this is why the president is frustrated, it's because they won't let go. They won't accept the fact that the American public moved on and they haven't."
"Jeff? Has the American public moved on?" asked Cooper.