Following a clip of Donald Trump’s exclusive Thursday interview with Fox News host Harris Faulkner, CNN’s own conservative commentator S.E. Cupp dismissed the whole affair as one big “infomercial” to support the embattled president.
Appearing with host Brianna Keilar, Cupp was asked about Harris’s bowing to the president on every point and allowing him to wave around print-outs that he claimed proved his innocence against charges of campaign finance violations.
With the president answering a question about Cohen being sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for facilitating a payment to a former Trump mistress to keep her quiet and protesting, “Michael Cohen pled guilty to something that is not even a crime,” Cupp rolled her eyes.
“S.E. I know you are having a laugh at some of that,” Keilar smiled. “What’s your reaction?”
“First, can we say for the record, that was not an interview — that was an infomercial allowing the president to provide his evidence,” Cupp remarked.
“‘See, look what this paper said and look what this person said,'” Cupp said, mocking Trump’s paper-waving defense. “Then to ask the president how he feels about his good approval members?”
“I watched the whole interview. It wasn’t journalism, that was an infomercial,” she repeated before disgustedly adding, “I’m not sure we learned much about the investigation or China or tariffs or anything else going on. All we heard was what Trump wanted to say and what Fox wanted us to hear.”
“I don’t put a lot of stock in what the questions asked and what his answers were,” Cupp said dismissively. “But he was trying to rewrite and spin the story which is very unbecoming and he knows whatever he is saying is in front of a friendly audience. He is not getting real push-back on whether or not he made a payment to this tabloid, aka, one of his best friends.”
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