On the 32nd day of the government shutdown—an unprecedented amount of time for the federal government to be closed, leaving 800,000 workers without pay—CNN outlined how unpopular the president’s position is.
Even Trump supporters who’ve backed the president so far, and who might even support a wall, don’t see why federal employees should be deprived of pay for a month. A poll released Thursday found that Trump’s support is slipping among demographics that are usually loyal to the president, including evangelicals and non-college educated white men.
In a CNN segment, host Poppy Harlow described how frustrated Trump’s supporters are. Referencing a Washington Post report, she quoted a former Trump supporter from Macomb County, Michigan, which helped flip the state to Trump in 2016.
“There was great piece in the Washington Post that talks about important places like Macomb County, Michigan, which he flipped from blue to red,” Harlow said.
“I was doing fine with him up until this government shutdown,” Jeremiah Wilburn, a 45-year-old operating engineer, told the Post.
“It’s ridiculous. You’re not getting the wall built for $5 billion. And Mexico is not paying for it, we all know that, too. Meanwhile, it’s starting to turn people like me away.”
“How concerned should the President be about that?” Harlow wondered. “And will Republicans stand steadfast with him on this?”
“This is not a strong political position to be in,” observed White House reporter Toluse Olorunnipa, noting that even supporters of the wall don’t approve of a shutdown. “He campaigned as a dealmaker.”
’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team
On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.
"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."
Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.
Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.