On Tuesday, President Donald Trump called on Rep. Ilham Omar (D-MN) to resign following controversial comments that were interpreted as anti-Semitic.
The President’s critics noted the hypocrisy, given all of the actually anti-Semitic comments President Trump has made over the years—as well as his dismissal of the Nazis marching in Charlottesville.
On CNN’s The Lead Wednesday, host Jake Tapper put together a segment chronicling all the times the president has engaged in conduct far more offensive than Omar’s tweet about AIPAC.
Tapper kept asking his control room to show the graphic of Omar’s tweet, instead, they played clips of GOP anti-Semitism. From Trump’s anti-Semitic tweets to his comments made to Jews about them controlling politicians with money, each example was displayed. Each time, Tapper asked his control room to show the Omar tweet, but each time, they played something Republicans did.
“We seem to have some issues here sorting out which anti-Semitic tropes are offensive and which ones are not,” Tapper said. “We’ll be right back as we sort this out.”
Republicans’ own witness ended up sounding ‘like a character witness for Joe Biden’: CNN analyst
On Tuesday, House Republicans called Ambassador Kurt Volker to testify in the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Volker was hoped by the GOP to be a star witness in favor of President Donald Trump, because — despite problems with his testimony — he has asserted that he did not view Rudy Giuliani's involvement in foreign policy to be improper.
But as CNN's Gloria Borger pointed out on "The Situation Room," Volker was a less than ideal witness in many respects — not least because he testified that he disagrees with Trump's conspiracy theory surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden and his son's work for a gas company in Ukraine.
‘You can hear Republican talking points disintegrating’ during Vindman testimony: CNN’s Toobin
The testimonies of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and State Department official Jennifer Williams on Tuesday offered damaging accounts of their concerns about President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin came away impressed by the two officials' testimony, and he said they made a significant dent into the Republican Party's strategy to defend Trump.
"There was a sound you can hear during a lot of the testimony today, which was Republican talking points disintegrating, like crystals falling apart," he said.