On Friday, an old yearbook surfaced which showed Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, and another man wearing blackface and a Ku Klux Klan robe.
CNN host Erin Burnett discussed the development with a panel that included Trump defender Stephen Moore.
Moore attempted to change the subject from Northam’s racism to his comments about a controversial abortion bill.
“I live in Virginia. I follow Virginia politics. He was—you want to talk about a politician that had a bad week, you kind of didn’t exactly report what happened this week when I think it was quoted as relaxed abortion restrictions,” said Moore. “This was a bill that he supported that literally — almost allows an abortion up until you cut the umbilical cord. He’s under assault for that. That was an worse offense than this picture.”
The entire panel shook their heads about Moore’s comments.
Panelist Keith Boykin stepped up to confront him.
“Steve we’re here to talk about the issue of racism,” he said. “I know you would like to divert the issue to a conversation more comfortable to you about abortion or something. The reality is contemptible.”
“Let’s focus on the issue, please,” said panelist April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks.
“As I said before, Roy Moore was out there defending slavery and the Confederate flag. You have Ron DeSantis in Florida saying racist things. Democrats have been critical of Republicans for things they have said presently and in the past that have been racist and offensive. I think we have to speak with moral clarity and one voice and say this is wrong. We don’t have double standards. I said the same thing we’re talking about other issues in the past,” said Boykin.
CNN panel mocks the White House for promoting a photo of Trump looking ‘subservient’ to Pelosi
The White House posted a series of photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Wednesday after their meeting, showing Pelosi being the only person in the room literally standing up to President Donald Trump. It was an image that baffled the mind of at least one CNN panelist as to why the Trump people would be promoting Pelosi.
According to reports from those who were in the room, the president flew off the handle after Pelosi quipped that it seems all roads lead back to Russia for this president. It was at that point that Trump called Pelosi a "third-grade politician," though presumably, he meant "third-rate," and the meeting broke apart.
Max Boot calls BS on Republicans for trying to claim Syria is Nancy Pelosi’s fault because of impeachment
President Donald Trump is conducting foreign policy like a 1980s television character, according to conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot.
In a panel discussion about the letter Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Boot mocked Republicans for suddenly trying to claim that Trump's withdrawal from Syria was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fault because of impeachment. It is unclear if Republicans are confessing the president is too distracted by impeachment to be making foreign policy decisions or if they are blaming Pelosi for military decisions.
"I mean there's a lot of really lame Republican talking points out there, Don," Boot said to CNN host Don Lemon. "But to suggest, as Rep. Liz Cheney and others have done that somehow Trump's inexplicable decision to give the Turks the green light to invade Syria — that was somehow the fault of Nancy Pelosi because of the impeachment process? What?"
Ex-counterintel official explains how lobbying laws could bring down Rudy Giuliani
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Justice Department counterintelligence official David Laufman explained to Chris Cuomo how President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani could go down for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
"Why does this matter, this area of the law?" asked Cuomo.
"This was a statute enacted in the 1930s in response to pro-Nazi German elements of the United States, engaged in subversive propaganda activities so that the U.S. people or lawmakers when confronted with content, whether lobbying or an op-ed, can make an informed assessment based on who the real party is behind it," explained Laufman. "If it's a foreign party, the American people should be able to take that into account and assigning whatever weight they want."