Massachusetts Democrat Seth Moulton got cornered repeatedly by CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota as he tried to explain why he’s trying to oust Nancy Pelosi, widely expected to be the next House Speaker.
“The American people sent a very strong message in the elections last week, that we want new approaches to politics and new leaders in Washington,” Moulton said, citing the number of women and people of color who ran for office. “If our party responds by installing the same status quo leadership we’ve had since 2006, we are failing the people and letting down the Democratic party.”
“That’s what you think the message is,” shot back Camerota. “There’s nobody better, it’s said, at herding congressional kittens into line than Nancy Pelosi. I understand you may want the novelty of somebody newer and fresher, but who is more effective than Nancy Pelosi?”
Moulton repeated his line about the diversity of the electorate, but Camerota wasn’t having it, asking whether any of the contenders Moulton was backing could raise anywhere near as much campaign funding as Pelosi.
“I’m not a political pundit,” Moulton responded, saying Americans wanted a leader people can respect.
“Are you saying people don’t respect Nancy Pelosi?” Camerota cut in. “What is your beef with Nancy Pelosi?”
Moulton, with no good answer, continued to sputter through a list of his preferred candidates.
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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."