Journalist Garrett Graff appeared on CNN Monday to offer a big-picture summary of what we know about the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian agents — and it does not look good for the president.
During an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Graff said that we now know that Russians directly talked with 14 different Trump campaign officials or Trump associates during the 2016 presidential election, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
“That’s a lot of Russians!” Graff remarked. “I think that really bears emphasis: There are not that many Russians you encounter normally in U.S. politics. This isn’t a country that is actively involved day-to-day in the swirl of politics in Washington. To have that many people with that many ties to the Kremlin approaching that many different Trump officials… it really is striking how much the Trump campaign opened their arms to these contacts.”
Graff went on to explain how striking it was that none of the Trump associates who met with Russian officials ever turned down meetings or offers of help, which he said could give the Kremlin leverage over multiple Trump officials.
“That’s information the Trump campaign has been lying about for effectively two years now,” Graff said. “And for two years the Russian government has known the Trump administration is lying about something. That, again, is about the worst-case scenario for the United States from a counter-intelligence perspective.”
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Even evangelical groups were disgusted by Trump’s Bible stunt: former White House faith adviser
On CNN Tuesday, former Obama White House faith and race adviser Joshua Dubois said President Donald Trump's Bible photo-op in front of the church near the White House could backfire on him with his most critical voting bloc.
"I thought it was farcical. And it is kind of blowing up in his face even in the faith community and communities that support, him like some conservative evangelical communities," said Dubois. "The reason is Jesus stood up for everyday people, including the vulnerable, and didn't believe in false displays of piety, and yesterday President Trump ordered — or was okay with — everyday people being gassed and shot with rubber bullets in order to make his way to a false display of piety."
Former NBA player overcomes ‘crippling anxiety’ for protests: ‘We are tired of the tyranny of police’ and Donald Trump
Former NBA player Royce White overcame his anxiety to lead protests over the weekend in Minneapolis.
Speaking to CNN Tuesday, White noted that if only people listened to football star Colin Kaepernick, who peacefully protested by taking a knee during the "National Anthem" sung at games, this would not have happened. He was trying to raise awareness about police brutality and the disproportionate attacks on people of color at the hands of police. At the time, conservatives, including President Donald Trump, blasted him for the protest, ignoring the reason for doing it and focusing instead on how he refused to stand for the song.
1960s segregationist George Wallace would ‘smile’ at seeing Trump teargas protesters for a photo op: CNN’s Bakari Sellers
CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers said on Tuesday that watching President Donald Trump teargas a group of peaceful protesters so that he could have a photo opportunity reminded him of something he'd see segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace do.
"Yesterday, the president of the United States used teargas, he used the military against peaceful protesters," Sellers said. "The the only thing I could think of is George Wallace is looking over him with a smile."
Sellers then said he was "thoroughly pissed off" at conservative evangelicals who are remaining silent even as Trump continues to pour gasoline on the fire of racism while wrapping himself in the flag and the cross.