On CNN, the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council’s Steve Cortes tried to defend Jared Kushner’s recent dismissal of Russian attacks on the 2016 election as “buying some Facebook ads” — and was immediately shouted down with laughter from host Chris Cuomo and attorney Angela Rye.
“If discretion were part of the calculus in getting security clearance, we understand why Kushner had a hard time with these other guys that look into whether or not you’re worthy of what they want to give you,” said Cuomo after playing the clip of Kushner. “You would never argue what he just did. You would never argue that. Not on this show.”
“I would argue that Jared Kushner is exactly correct,” said Cortes.
“No,” laughed Cuomo.
“I’m sorry. I thought he was going to say something different,” chortled Rye.
“They spent a total of $100,000 on Facebook ads,” Cortes plowed on. “Look at the amount of time that the media and Democrats have spent on this over the last two do you know how much the campaign spent? $81 million on Facebook ads in a presidential campaign with billions of dollars in total spending. What this is really about is to try to create a scapegoat and I have not heard sore losers blame a scapegoat this badly since Steve was blamed for the 2003 cubs meltdown in the playoffs. Voters in Wisconsin did not have their minds changed by the Russians.” (In fact, the Mueller report shows that Russia spent more like $1.25 million on ads per month.)
“If that’s how you feel, why grossly, grossly underplay Russia’s efforts spelled out in great and unredacted detail largely in the Mueller report. Anyone who looks at that, Steve, is gonna say, that’s poppycock, they did tons of stuff. They had a reach that was extraordinarily by Facebook’s own reckoning.”
“Here’s the bottom line,” said Rye. “When we get to a point that we say I’m not going to really engage in this conversation about whether or not the impact they intended to have was indeed felt. The bottom line is, Russia interfered with the election, full stop. It doesn’t matter the size of the contribution, it doesn’t matter the cost of the campaign. The fact that you don’t even understand that they literally bought off low level activists that were targeted in my community is a problem.”
“So we can’t just calculate this by the amount they spent on Facebook ads. It’s far bigger than that and I think once we get to the point where we can justify this type of cyber warfare by saying it wasn’t that significant, Donald Trump spent way more money or Hillary Clinton spent way more money?” Rye said. “Bro, you’re just wrong.”
‘I don’t even know where to start’: CNN analyst tears into Trump’s plan to give re-nomination speech at White House
On CNN Wednesday, CNN analyst Dana Bash slammed President Donald Trump's new plan to give the GOP re-nomination speech at the White House.
"I mean, I don't even know where to start," said Bash. "There is a law called the Hatch Act, where it says that you're not supposed to politic from government grounds. The president is exempt from that, so it may be legal grounds for him to stand on, relatively firmly, to do this at the White House. There are questions about the aides that are working for him to do it. But let's just talk about whether it's appropriate."
‘He still doesn’t get it’: White House source tells CNN’s Acosta that Trump refuses to take the pandemic seriously
CNN's Jim Acosta on Wednesday reported that President Donald Trump this week attended a meeting with his own White House Coronavirus Task Force -- and it quickly became clear that the president is still not taking the pandemic seriously even after the deaths of 156,000 Americans.
“He still doesn’t get it,” the source told Acosta. “He does not get it.”
Acosta's source says that during the meeting on Tuesday, Trump frequently tried to change the subject away from the coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that the entire purpose of the meeting was to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Have you ever heard someone whine as much as this man?’ CNN’s Anderson Cooper tears into Trump’s COVID excuses
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper slammed President Donald Trump after his Axios interview in which he said of coronavirus deaths, "It is what it is."
"For a man who seems to have strength and power, have you heard someone as allegedly powerful and strong as he claims to be — have you ever heard somebody whine as much as this man?" said Cooper. "'It is what it is.' Let me play the last portion of that first exchange again, because he says something telling."
"It is what it is," said Trump in the clip. "But that doesn't mean we are not doing everything that we can. It's under control, as much as you can control it."