Perhaps the biggest sideshow in today’s Congressional hearing featuring Michael Cohen involved Republican Mark Meadows (R-NC) going at it with Democrat Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) regarding alleged racism. Accordingly, CNN’s Don Lemon had a panel on Wednesday night to discuss the dust-up between the two House members.
“First of all — and we shouldn’t have to still say this in 2019 — the theory that President Obama was not born in the United States of America is racist,” said CNN contributor Wesley Lowery, in reference to 2012 ‘birther’ remarks made by Meadows and resurfaced Wednesday by social media users after the heated exchange in Congress between Meadows and Tlaib. “It was peddled by racists, it was racist when Donald Trump did it before he was even a candidate, and it was racist when he did it as a candidate,” Lowery continued.
Then CNN political commentator Tara Setmayer got in on the action, saying “shame on the Republican Party for doing this over and over again.”
“This was a frustration I had as a woman of color in the Republican Party for 20 years now, trying to get them to get past these kinds of racially tokenized acts,” she said of Meadow’s comments today. “They think that this is what shows they are not racists and they aren’t bigots, but it’s racially insensitive and they don’t have anybody in decision-making positions to know, that’s not how it works.”
“Mark Meadows doing something racist, getting called on it by a woman of color, and then him being offended at the suggestion….the white guy feeling really upset that someone might think he might have done something,” Meadows then added.
“Well it flows from the top,” Setmayer said in response.
Watch the segment below.
‘It’s always dread with President Trump’: CNN analyst says G7 leaders are revolted they have to meet with Trump again
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," reporter Abby Phillip said that world leaders are feeling "dread" about the prospect of meeting with President Donald Trump after his latest round of erratic behavior on the world stage.
"There is a big test on foreign relations for President Trump this weekend," said host Brianna Keilar. "He's going to the G7. He, Abby, is headed there after insulting Denmark by pulling out of a state visit, keeping in mind that Denmark is a key intel and military ally of the U.S. What is the mood going into this forum?"
"Honestly, it's always dread with President Trump," said Phillip.
‘All over the map’: CNN details the bizarre surge of Trump’s flip-flops
Following two mass shootings in one weekend, President Donald Trump promised to strengthen background checks for gun purchases. But just the next week--reportedly after speaking with NRA head Wayne LaPierre--dropped his resolve and said there were already sufficient background checks on the books.
That's not the only recent policy flip-flop by the President.
On CNN Thursday, White House reporter Sarah Westwood chronicled all the policies on which the president has reversed course. First, the president abruptly cancelled plans to cut foreign aid.
"President Trump, the White House, they were facing a wave of opposition from Congressional appropriators in both parties and from the State Department who thought that this move could do harm to national security," Westwood said.
Ex-Trump official bashes White House ‘apologists’ who haven’t quit yet: ‘There’s not much hope for them’
A report on the silence coming from first daughter Ivanka Trump and her White House advisor husband Jared Kushner after Donald Trump attacked American Jews turned to the future of White House aides who are either complicit in the president's policies or stand idly by as he lurches from controversy to controversy.
In an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, former Trump adviser J.W. Verret pointed out there are still some "adults in the room" with Trump, but CNN's Kaitlan Collins first pointed out that -- as of late -- Ivanka and Kushner are not among them.
"This fits a pattern that we've seen from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at times during times when the administration tried to repeal parts of Obamacare, and of course, the big one the president has made about Jewish people who are supporting Democrats," Collins explained. "Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are both Orthodox Jews. They've been involved with the president on many things. but neither of them have said anything publicly about the president's comments. and when we asked the white house have they been advising the president privately on this, the White House did not get back to us."