Former New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu, told CNN on Monday that it was curious how President Donald Trump is always quick on the attack — except when it comes to white nationalism.
Host Poppy Harlow asked Landrieu about the mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, which was allegedly carried out by a white nationalist.
“The president condemned the attack, he did not condemn white nationalism,” she said, and compared it to Trump’s response to the 2017 “Unite the Right” riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. “‘It was both sides,’ that was the language then. This time it’s not a direct condemnation of white nationalism. What’s your reaction?”
“The president seems to jump real quick on everybody else’s head but he’s real slow when it comes to the issue of white nationalism,” Landrieu said. “He’s going to have to explain that to the American public.”
“This is not new in America, it’s not new in the world. Hate doesn’t know any boundaries unfortunately,” he added. “It travels like a virus and travels quickly.”
“White supremacy and white nationalism is rearing its head” all over the world, Landrieu said, pointing to recent hate-driven mass shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. “We in America have to put that down. There’s a lot of room for us to argue about what’s conservative, what’s moderate, what’s liberal, what’s progressive. In America, everybody comes to the table. Democracy is equals.”
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CNN’s Fareed Zakaria reveals how he almost got ensnared in Trump’s Ukraine scandal
CNN International reporter Fareed Zakaria revealed Wednesday that he was the one chosen to do the interview with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he was expecting to announce the investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his family.
According to Zakaria, he went to Kyiv to do research and prepare for the interview, but just after news of the whistleblower report became public, "the interview fell apart."
"First, let me be clear. Of course, we had no knowledge that President Zelensky was going to announce this investigation into the Bidens and into 2016 during the interview," Zakaria told CNN's Jake Tapper after Wednesday's impeachment hearings had concluded.
CNN’s Cuomo hammers GOP lobbyist for saying Trump can fire the inspector general
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," anchor Chris Cuomo pushed back on GOP lobbyist and American Conservative Union director Matt Schlapp for saying President Donald Trump has the right to fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for transmitting the whistleblower complaint.
"Why would it be okay for the president to go after the inspector general for dealing with the whistleblower?" said Cuomo.
"Because he serves at the pleasure of the president. The president can get rid of them at any time," said Schlapp. "At the State Department during Obama's presidency, during the whole time Hillary was at the State Department, he didn't bother to pick an IG."
Trump suffers ‘Impostor Syndrome’ on a level ‘previously unknown to man’: Art of the Deal co-author
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," "Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz broke down President Donald Trump's mental state — and suggested that the president has a subconscious, pathological fear of being exposed as a fraud.
"Knowing the president as you do, how do you think he is going to handle next couple of days of this public testimony?" asked Cooper. "He obviously watches a lot of this. They often claim he's too busy to watch it, but he clearly does."
"Well, I think that he is in two places right now," said Schwartz. "I'm sorry to say this, because one of them seems fine. Which, for — to me, which is I suspect, he is in — his nervous system is in a very high state of activation, and God save you to be around him right now. Because this is the ultimate humiliation, to have his election called into question."