On Saturday, Virginia’s Democratic governor Ralph Northam refused to resign for a racist image in his college yearbook, reversing his previous apology for the image.
On CNN, Northam’s press conference was discussed by cultural critic and writer Michaela Angela Davis and anchor S.E. Cupp, both of whom were horrified by Northam’s remarks.
“The fact that he is standing there—when all these black leaders and leaders in his own party are calling for him to resign—the fact that he is still standing there is proof of his participating in white privilege,” said Davis. “It’s proof of his participating in this history, thinking that he even had a chance. That you could stand in that history and not acknowledge it.”
If Northam says it’s not him in the photo, he could have figured out who it was with the help of his alma mater, Davis said.
“He could have figured out who those people are by today,” Davis said. “He’s the governor of the state. He could have brought the institution there to apologize—no one has apologized from the institution for printing that.”
Anchor Ana Cabrera then aired a clip where Northam laughed and smiled when he was asked about whether he could still moonwalk, as he says he did while wearing blackface on another occasion while in school.
“Wow,” said Davis.
“He’s sort of looking around, like ‘Do I have room to do it?'” said Cupp. “He is making light of this. And he wants you to think that this is not that big a deal. He obviously thinks it’s not resign-able. It’s not that big a deal. He’s going to stick. He’s going to dig his heels in. That he sort of sheepishly looked around and considered this an opportunity to do that and sheepishly grins while he gets schooled by his wife, she says I can’t was grotesque. He clearly does not have the self-awareness of the moment, of the gravity of the situation, I thought the press conference was wildly inappropriate.”
Trump spokesperson goes down in flames up against progressive reporter: ‘All you do is lie!’
President Donald Trump's spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany went down in flames up against Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks during a CNN panel Wednesday.
McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.
"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.
McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."
"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."
CNN analyst demolishes White House’s latest attempt to stonewall Congress: ‘There is no provision for this immunity’
Ahead of former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks being called to Congress to testify about former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — during which she was, by all accounts, less than helpful — the Trump administration took the unprecedented step of advising Congress that Hicks was given "immunity" from talking to them by the president.
On CNN's "The Situation Room," national security analyst Shawn Turner demolished this legal strategy.
John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress
Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.
White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump's director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.
"Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?" CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.