CNN’s April Ryan on Monday said that it was remarkable that the Trump White House had to keep insisting that President Donald Trump is not a white nationalist.
Reacting to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s denial on Sunday that Trump is a racist, Ryan said it was astonishing to hear the White House have to regularly issue defensive denials about the president’s bigotry, with the latest coming in the wake of a massacre of Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand that was carried out by someone who praised Trump for being a “symbol of white identity.”
“This whole racial, bigoted perception of the president is an albatross around his neck and this administration’s neck,” she said. “For them to have to come out and say it on their own, especially after the most recent incident with this massacre in Christchurch. The manifesto by the gunman talked about… the white identity issue… Every time there is an issue of race that the nation is gripped in and talking about, they come out to dispel any perception or make it clear who they are.”
New York Times reporter Alex Burns then chimed in to say how shocked he was that Trump aired a long list of grievances in the wake of the New Zealand massacre on Sunday without once denouncing white nationalist hatred.
“It seems like, at this point, whatever self-restraint existed is kind of gone,” he said.
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‘Not true at all’: CNN’s fact-checker says even the professor Trump cited on Google election fraud says president is lying
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," fact-checker Daniel Dale told host Chris Cuomo that not only is President Donald Trump's claim that Google threw over 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton a lie, the professor he's citing, Robert Epstein, has repudiated Trump's interpretation of it.
"It's not true at all," said Dale. "I spoke to the author of this study ... There are various questions about the quality of the study, but even the study's author says that the president didn't describe the study correctly. What the study's author says is he has no evidence that anything was manipulated, search results or votes themselves. What he says, and this is disputed, is that Google's search results showed bias during the 2016 election."
CNN’s Anderson Cooper demolishes Trump’s Google/Clinton conspiracy theory: He’s on ‘one of his favorite hobby horses’
On Monday, CNN's Anderson Cooper walked viewers through President Donald Trump's latest theory about Google committing voter fraud on behalf of Democrats.
"I want to play you this clip from yesterday, because of how well it shows where his head still seems to be nearly three years after election night," said Cooper. "It was in response to a question about banning high-capacity magazines. First, he quickly changed the subject to mental health, and then, well, take a look."
"The concept of mental institution has to be looked at," said Trump in the clip. "Unrelated to that, I believe that the concept also of voter identification has to be looked at because you can't have great security for the voter. People that vote, you can't have that national security unless you can have voter identification. It's something people have to look at very strongly."
Anthony Scaramucci bashes Trump’s ‘word salad’ and ‘entire GOP’ attacking him on Twitter at president’s direction
"What's he doing all day?" asked CNN's Anderson Cooper to former senior adviser Anthony Scaramucci in an interview Monday.
President Donald Trump spent another day attacking the former White House communications director and "the Mooch" said that he's now got "the entire GOP" coming after him on Twitter when they have more important things to do.
"If you look at the style of points, the manifestations of his tweets today, which are constantly in delirium, scaring people and one of the talking points I hear from Republicans, 'Well, it's the economy and we could be going up against a socialist so I'll hold my nose and do this,' but if he's really fully weakened the economy, I think those people will change their minds quickly," Scaramucci predicted.