Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the third-ranking Republican in the Democratic-held House brushed aside a question about President Donald Trump making another offensive attack on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to call the Massachusetts senator a “laughingstock.”
Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) ignored Tapper’s specific question about Trump’s tweet, where the president made a glib joke about the Trail of Tears — a reference to a shameful genocidal moment in U.S. history.
“Look at something the president tweeted left night,” Tapper began. “‘Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for president. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate or has she decided after 32 years that is not playing well anymore. See you on the campaign trail, Liz.'”
“The word trail is in all caps and he made a joke talking about Wounded Knee when talking about Elizabeth Warren,” Tapper continued. “You represent thousands of Native Americans in Wyoming. — do you worry about the president joking about these horrific tragedies? ”
Cheney skipped right by the attacks and launched her own attack on Warren.
“You know, I have concerns about somebody like Elizabeth Warren pretending to be Native America,” she shot back. “You are absolutely right, I do represent thousands of Native Americans here in Wyoming, and the notion that anybody of any political party would pretend that they were a member of a tribe or pretend they were Native American and would do it as she seems to have done it in order to get benefits, that is, in my view a disgrace.”
“I think she’s made herself a laughingstock” she added.
‘I hear what you’re saying about Elizabeth Warren,” Tapper blandly replied. “But what about the language the president uses and the joking references to genocide against Native Americans?”
“Look, Elizabeth Warren has made herself a laughingstock,” Cheney accused again. “I don’t think anybody should be surprised that that’s been the reaction to her and to her continued claims. We saw just last week, you know, that she said she was a Native American on her application for membership in at least one state bar association.”
“One wonders whether or not that’s grounds for disbarment. I’d say it probably is grounds for disbarment,” she continued, before adding once again, “She’s made herself a laughingstock.”
At that point host Tapper ended the interview.
‘There needs to be a prosecution’ of cop who killed George Floyd: CNN guest says ‘call it what it is’
On CNN Wednesday, criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson walked through why the Minneapolis police officer responsible for George Floyd's suffocation death must be prosecuted.
"Bottom line, question here from looking at this, should the officer face charges?" asked host Erin Burnett.
"Erin, I don't think there is any question about that, and I think if you look at it, under any reasonable measure there needs to be a prosecution," said Jackson. "You know, when you look at issues of excessive force — and I know this comes with a lot of emotion, and it should because of the blatant nature of what occurred. But if you even look at it legally and forget about the emotion, you look and you see, was there an imminent fear that the officer was facing when he had his knee in the neck of Mr. Floyd? And the answer is resoundingly no. You look at the force he used, that is the officer, and you say is it proportionate to whatever threat was posed? The answer is no, you don't see any threat. You see a person detained and really not resisting at all."
CNN’s John King astonished Trump keeps tweeting things that would get anyone else ‘fired in a snap’
CNN's John King on Wednesday expressed shock that no one has been able to convince President Donald Trump to stop tweeting unfounded conspiracy theories about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdering a staffer 20 years ago.
During an interview with David Gergen, King said it was particularly jarring to see Trump, in the middle of a pandemic that has killed 100,000 Americans, to be tweeting things that "if I tweeted them, we would be fired in a snap."
Gergen then looked back at how past presidents have handled tragedies, and he said Trump pales in comparison to all of them.
"This should be a week of national mourning, to have 100,000 deaths, the number we'll reach in the next two or three days, and the country is saddened by that," he said. "Traditionally, presidents bring us together for occasions like this. They brought comfort, they met privately with the families of the victims and cheered people up... and here now, we have completely the opposite. It's very, very sad."
‘Tempting fate and asking for trouble’: Dr. Fauci rips Ozark pool partiers for blowing off pandemic safety
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, slammed the large crowds that gathered for a now-infamous pool party in Missouri over the weekend for blowing off social distancing guidelines.
During an interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Fauci was asked what he made of the people who were captured on video partying without keeping any distance or wearing any face masks.
"When you have situations in which you see that type of crowding, with no masks and people interacting, that's not prudent and that's inviting a situation that could get out of control," Fauci said. "So I keep -- when I get an opportunity to plead with people, understanding you do want to gradually do this, but don't start leapfrogging over the recommendations and guidelines because that's tempting fate and asking for trouble."