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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In a column for CNN, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig reviewed the criminal complaint filed against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and said it gives clues as to the direction prosecutors are likely to follow to convict the alleged killer of Georg Floyd -- but it also leaves out key elements of the case that should be brought before a jury.
As Honig wrote, the case against Chauvin is strong but may not go far enough.
Trump security advisor goes off on Antifa rant to duck grilling on president’s ‘vicious dogs’ protester threat
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien ducked directly defending the president's Saturday threat to use "vicious dogs and ominous weapons" of Washington D.C. protesters, by instead talking about supposed Antifa activity during the George Floyd protests.
After reading the president's tweet, host Tapper pressed, "Do you think messages like that are helping to unite the country and calm fears?”
With O'Brien noting, "[Trump] was trying to de-escalate. He didn’t want violence, he’s trying to stop the violence that we saw that took place overnight," he then went on to drag in reports being pushed by Donald Trump's administration that Antifa -- which he mentioned frequently during the entire interview -- had taken over the protests.
Atlanta mayor levels Trump for comments taunting George Floyd protesters: He’s ‘making it worse’
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning after yet another night of protests rocked her city, the mayor of Atlanta bluntly told Donald Trump to keep his mouth shut about the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the protests that have followed.
Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was asked about comments the president has been making on Twitter about the protestors which have included threats of using "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons."
"President Trump has been tweeting about the violent protests across the country. he vowed to step in and use, quote, 'the unlimited power of our military' and he suggested local officials should, quote, 'get tough and fight.' He's also talked about threatening 'the most vicious dogs and most ominous weapons I have ever seen' to use against protesters in Washington, D.C.," host Tapper began. "What do you make of the way the president has handled this crisis?"