CNN on Monday noted the curious evolution in Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has transformed from a staunch critic of President Donald Trump into one of his most reliable toadies.
During a discussion of Trump’s latest insult of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), CNN’s John King noted that Graham put out a statement praising McCain’s legacy and service to his country, while never once calling out Trump personally for continuing to insult him even after his death last year.
Later in the segment, King played a supercut showing the way Graham has changed his tune about Trump over the years — and it was not a flattering picture for the senator.
“Just stop being a jackass,” Graham said of Trump in July 2015. “You don’t have to run for president and be the world’s biggest jackass.”
“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” Graham said of Trump later that year.
“I think he’s a kook,” Graham said in February 2016. “I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.”
By November 2017, however, Graham had done a complete 180-degree turn.
“What concerns me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label the guy some kind of kook, not fit to be president,” Graham said.
“I like the president, I want to help him, I hope he’s successful, he’s been a friend to me,” Graham said in June 2018.
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Trump official Peter Navarro sputters after his lack of medical qualifications exposed in train wreck CNN interview
Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro over the weekend got into a heated argument with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, over the use of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.
Navarro then went on CNN Monday to present his side of the dispute with Fauci, and he was quickly exposed by CNN's John Berman as being completely unqualified to be offering his opinion on medical matters.
‘Don’t you dare!’ CNN’s John Berman rains hell on Trump official Peter Navarro for suggesting he wants people to die
CNN's John Berman on Monday got into a heated exchange with Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro after he questioned whether Berman actually wanted to see people recover from being infected with COVID-19.
Toward the end of a lengthy interview about the potential merits of treating COVID-19 with anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, Berman told Navarro that "we all want the same thing, which is people to get better."
"I'm not sure we do sometimes," Navarro replied.
"What are you talking about?" Berman asked.
At this point, Navarro fumbled around trying to explain himself, but Berman called him out on it.
Trump just wants to be ‘the president on television’ and he ‘is not temperamentally equipped’: CNN reporters
CNN White House reporter John Harwood and Dana Bash noted that President Donald Trump loves to be the president on television, but not exactly in real life.
"Wolf, what we saw tonight was the limitations of President Trump as a leader in a situation like this," said Harwood. "He is not temperamentally equipped to tell people, 'this is going to be hard. You need to stick with it.' Push delayed gratification as he says, and he's told us explicitly, he's a cheerleader. He wants to give good news, not bad news. He's someone who wants affirmation in the moment. So, what he says is-- 'light at the end of the tunnel. We have to open this country back up.' He knows people want to hear that."