An advocate for Donald Trump’s border wall saw her arguments tossed aside as so many “ridiculous talking points” on CNN early Sunday morning in a segment that devolved into a shouting match between panelists.
Appearing on New Day with host Victor Blackwell, Trump 2020 representative Madison Gesiotto battled with the host and co-panelist Maria Cardona over the need for Trump’s wall, with Gesiotto one time making Cardona’s point for her about drug interdiction at the border.
Things got heated when host Blackwell pressed Gesiotto on how Trump shutting down the government and hamstringing federal law enforcement was helping with stopping the drugs she kept insisting were being snuck over the border.
According to Gesiotto, it didn’t matter because federal employees who aren’t’ getting paid support Trump.
“I spoke to many people who support him who are not getting paid right now, people saying ‘I’m a government worker and not getting paid but i understand what is going on and I respect the safety and security of this country and the future of our nation is at stake!'” the Trump supporter claimed.
Asked to respond, Cardona fired back.
“Victor, sadly, Trump supporters are focused on ridiculous talking points that are not based on facts and have completely a zero focus on what the 800,000 federal workers who are not getting paid are going through,” she explained. ” I was a government worker in 1996 during that government shutdown. I was not getting paid. Luckily, I was young and my parents helped me out.”
“There are so many people that do not have that kind of help where they were getting by paycheck-to-paycheck,” Cardona continued. “This president is holding 800,000 federal workers hostage for his inane unnecessary wall and what is even more ridiculous and actually ironic the people that are not getting paid are Immigration agents and TSA agents and Secret Service agents and people keeping our countries and our border safe.”
“It’s ridiculous when the president says he cared about border security when he is not paying the people to do their job,” she concluded, with Blackwell also calling out the Republican guest for repeating “talking points.”
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Trump’s intel pick will blow up in his face as agencies revolt and leak the truth: Ex-CIA official
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning, former CIA case officer Phil Mudd said the selection of Ambassador Richard Grennell to be the acting Director of National Intelligence will likely blow up in the president's face because he is not respected within the intelligence community who will seek to undercut him.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Mudd first mocked Grennell, saying, "I tell you, this is taking me back to when I was a child. it's like if I played the game of Battleship, I could be the secretary of defense -- the guy knows nothing about intelligence."
He then proceeded to explain what Grenell will likely face during what expected to be his brief tenure since it is unlikely he will be sent to the Senate for confirmation to remain in the job.
Trump is terrified that Russian interference is ‘undercutting his legitimacy’: ex-DNI lawyer
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Robert Litt, the former general counsel to the Director of National Intelligence, cut to the heart of President Donald Trump's fury over the ongoing reports Russia is planning to intervene to rig the presidential election in his favor.
"Why do you think he refuses to accept the intelligence, and now, by his behavior and this coincidence that is not a coincidence, seems to be having the same reaction again?" asked host Erin Burnett.
"Well, I don't want to go into psychoanalyzing the president, but it's pretty clear that he views the possibility that the Russians attempted to influence the election on his behalf is undercutting his legitimacy in some respect," said Litt. "He's working backwards from that conclusion to talk about the facts ... this has been a consistent pattern all along of denial of what the intelligence community is finding."
CNN’s Elie Honig praises DOJ lawyers for revolt against Barr: ‘Like students rising up against the oppressive headmaster’
CNN legal analyst Elie Honig on Thursday heaped praise upon Department of Justice prosecutors who disregarded many of the changes to sentencing guidelines for convicted Trump ally Roger Stone that were made by Attorney General Bill Barr.
When asked by CNN's Kate Bolduan for his reaction to the prosecutors' actions, Honig responded enthusiastically.
"I applaud what this prosecutor is doing," he said. "And as a DOJ alumni on the front lines trying cases, I'm so impressed by this. This is like the scene [in a movie] where the students rise up and push back against the oppressive headmaster."