Over the weekend, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, gave several interviews in which he appeared to suggest that Trump directed his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress on his behalf.
Giuliani has since tried to walk back those statements, but has been getting roundly mocked for his efforts.
That even extended to Fox News on Tuesday, where a panel on Outnumbered slammed Giuliani’s “mystifying” efforts.
“The president obviously has a different mission for him. Far be it for me to understand what that is, but it is a little bit confusing given the back and forth on some of these things that I think would be a lot easier to explain if you just sort of got to the end of it first before going through all the machinations,” said Josh Holmes, former chief of staff to Mitch McConnell.
Giuliani appears to be “muddying the waters,” said co-host Melissa Francis.
“My only thought at this point is they are doing it on purpose to try and further confuse the situation,” said Trump-loving co-host Katie Pavlich. “Rudy Giuliani needs to get his story straight, I think. He’s very can contradictory and what he’s saying. It doesn’t help their case in the public eye, which is apparently what he was trying to do since he’s going out and doing these interviews.”
Democratic panelist Jessica Tarlov said she hopes Trump and Giuliani are trying to muddy the waters because the alternative is too dire.
“I’m not sure the strategy is to confuse us there,” she said. “That would make me feel better about what’s going on if there was some strategy to this.”
WATCH: Civil rights icon John Lewis drops the hammer on Trump — and has no qualms about calling his remarks racist
On Tuesday, the fallout continued from remarks President Trump made telling four freshman congresswomen -- and women of color -- that they should go back to their own countries.
While some prominent Republicans criticized the president, they stopped short of calling his comments racist.
MSNBC reported Tuesday that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) -- a civil rights icon -- deemed Trump's remarks racist.
"This is not any, any way for the president of the United States of America to be attacking to be saying what he's saying about these young women," Lewis said.
"It's just dead wrong. We must use everything in a nonviolent way to say that it's wrong."
Trump believes white nationalism is a winning strategy — because Fox News tells him so
Donald Trump thinks white nationalism is going to win him the 2020 election. This much is clear. Trump's racist Twitter rant on Sunday — in which he suggested that four nonwhite congresswomen, three of whom were born in the United States, are "originally" from somewhere else and should therefore "go back" — might have seemed at first like a spontaneous eruption of racist rage from the simmering bigot in the White House.
Soon, however, it became clear that this was strategic. Trump thinks it's a winning move to echo the claims of David Duke and other white nationalists who believe the United States is for white people. He justified his racism by saying that "many people agree with me," and by continuing to rave on Twitter about how the real purveyors of "racist hatred" are those who look askance at his embracing the rhetoric of Stormfront and the KKK.
‘White supremacy is a hell of a drug’: columnist explains the GOP’s garbled response to Trump
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed comments he'd made telling four freshman congresswomen -- all American citizens and women of color -- to go back to their countries.
The comments set off a furor that the president was being outwardly racist.
“It's up to them. They can do what they want. They can leave, they can stay, but they should love our country,” the president told reporters Tuesday when he was asked about his remarks.
On CNN Tuesday, New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali explained how Donald Trump's comments -- and his Republican counterparts' refusal to call them racist -- is rooted in a dangerous white supremacy, or terror at the "browning of America."