Marc Short, the former White House Director of Legislative Affairs for President Donald Trump, complained on Monday that not enough attention is being paid to former President Barack Obama’s supposedly incendiary campaign rhetoric — and he then flailed badly when asked for an example.
While admitting that Trump was giving a dog whistle to his supporters by not-so-subtly mocking Obama’s middle name over the weekend, Short said that it was unfair to suggest Trump is the only person on the campaign trail using “tough” rhetoric against his opponents.
“It’s not like Barack Obama is victimless here!” he insisted.
“What’s his crime?” retorted CNN host John Berman.
“I am not saying it’s a crime, but our politics is tough now,” he replied. “And Barack Obama, where other presidents have stood aside, he is actively… campaigning against Donald Trump right now.”
Host Alisyn Camerota then demanded to know what “incendiary, toxic” rhetoric Obama had used that was on par with Trump’s demonization of migrants or his attacks on the media as the “enemy of the people.”
Short hesitated a bit before answering.
“Uh, he’s talking about, uh, the rationale… so many people in the Trump administration having indictments,” he replied.
“But it’s true!” replied fellow panelist Nina Turner.
During a campaign rally over the weekend, Obama mocked Trump and the Republican Party for having “racked up enough indictments to field a football team.”
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‘They offered him no humanity’: Floyd family attorney rips Minneapolis for adding ‘insult to injury’
On Friday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Ben Crump, the attorney for the family of George Floyd, expressed his outrage at how local officials are handling the case — and demanded harsher prosecution of the officers responsible.
"The family does not trust the Minneapolis Police Department or anybody affiliated with the Minneapolis Police Department, Anderson," said Crump. "Remember the first report that came out, they gave so much false information in that report, talking about George was resisting. George was threatening, saying that he died of a medical condition. Never once mentioning the fact that this officer had his knee on his neck, not just for one minute, two minutes, three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, six minutes, seven minutes but for eight minutes ... people need to understand, the last eight minutes of his life he was struggling to breathe, telling them I couldn't breathe, and they offered him no humanity."
WATCH: Protester scales Secret Service building to spray-paint profane anti-Trump message
On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing "F**K TRUMP" on the edifice.
Some commenters on social media noticed, and tweeted their support for the protester.
CNN’s Jim Acosta walks through all the times Trump has ‘thrown gasoline’ on racial tension
On CNN Friday, following President Donald Trump's abrupt exit from a press conference following a racially charged tweet, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down President Donald Trump's history of stoking racial tensions during moments of crisis.
"He is trying to clean up this tweet that he posted last night," said Acosta. "First, just what the president said a few moments ago. He said the looters in Minneapolis should not be able to drown out the voice of so many peaceful protesters. That, obviously, is a very mild version of what he was trying to say or he claims he was trying to say last night when he tweeted, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." That obviously is an expression steeped in all kinds of ugliness. The Miami Police chief back in 1967, when there was unrest in that city, used that expression. George Wallace, the segregationist, used words like that in 1968."