President Donald Trump spent most of the 2016 campaign touting police officers, soldiers, border patrol agents and anyone else that would fit into his “tough on crime” image. Since he and his cadre of accomplices has become the target of an extensive investigation, CNN’s Don Lemon noted the president has decided to attack “law and order” as well as anyone affiliated with justice.
“The president of the United States is lying about the FBI, attacking the FBI, and attacking the rule of law in this country,” Lemon explained. “How does that make any sense?”
He went on to tell his Monday audience that issues like this aren’t ideological, left versus right, Democrat versus Republican, but about “truth versus lies.”
It’s about “reality versus non-reality, ‘Twilight Zone’ stuff, alternative facts,” he continued. “This is not about ideology at all. People like to make it into that. That’s is not it. The rule of law and as for the president’s attacks — this president’s attacks on his own Justice Department — you know who else does that? Russia. Or as he says, ‘Rusher.”
The recent report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee detailed the extensive campaign run by the Russians. CNN host Chris Cuomo did a segment outlining the “uncanny” way in which the Trump campaign targeted people in the exact same way Russia did.
“You would think one of the things that this president would care about the most would be the rule of law, wouldn’t you?” Lemon wondered. “After all, Donald Trump — remember this? He claimed over and over and over to be the law and order candidate and then the law and order president.”
Lemon played a super-cut of moments at which Trump touted his power over safety and America’s strength. Yet, when it comes to things like Russia or North Korea, the president curls up like a kitten waiting for an ear-scratch.
“This president, who says he’s all about law and order, seems to have trouble separating what’s legal from what isn’t,” Lemon wondered. “So, the president has railed about flipping, actually arguing that it should be illegal for people facing prosecution to cooperate with the government.”
Watch Lemon’s full takedown below:
NYT columnist says one of Trump’s friends begged him to talk him out of launching war with Iran
On Monday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, following President Donald Trump's attacks on him for calling his behavior racist in a recent article. The president accused him of "kissing [his] a**" in an Oval Office phone call.
Speaking to Cooper, Friedman denied Trump's characterization of their discussion.
"The president tweeted about a private conversation we had and lobbed in a few insults," said Friedman. "Basically, my response, which I put out on Twitter is that I was encouraged by a friend of his to speak to him after the downing of the American drone, because I thought it was wise that we not retaliate, and I thought he was wise not to retaliate, and this friend of his wanted me to encourage him in that, because he was evidently agonizing a little over that not retaliating. And I did that. I began the conversation by saying that 'I disagree with you, Mr. President on many things, but I think you did the right thing on this.' We talked for about four minutes. We also talked about China and we left it at that."
Here are 3 things Americans must hear from Mueller’s testimony: Democratic senator
No one can say with certainty what former special counsel Robert Mueller will tell the American people when he testifies before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.
But on Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the broad strokes of what Mueller will be expected to say — and what the American people should be listening for if they are not yet convinced President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.
"Do you think there are Americans out there who still haven't made up their mind on this issue of impeachment, obstruction of justice, collusion and all of that?" Blitzer asked her. "Have the American people moved on?"
Trump is becoming more hawkish on Iran — and he’s running out of options: report
So far, one of the only pieces of good news in the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran is that President Donald Trump has been reluctant to use military force, taking his cues in part from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has personally warned him that it would end his presidency — resisting the urges of his most trigger-happy advisers like John Bolton.
Now, however, the president appears to be having second thoughts as it becomes clearer that he will not be able to broker a better deal than President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement, and is starting to view the conflict more hawkishly, reported CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Monday.