On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Wolf Blitzer’s panel laid into Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for his overt rudeness to Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) at a budgetary hearing for his department.
During that hearing, Mnuchin repeatedly told her he had an “important meeting” to be at, reminded her of the time, and even told her to gavel out the session.
“You usually have to go to a junior high school student council to see debate at that level,” said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “‘I’m supposed to leave in 15 minutes!’ Come on. The problem with this administration is they’re not used to having congressional oversight. For two years the Republicans didn’t even ask them any questions and it’s like, ‘Oh, I have the meeting at 5:15.'”
Blitzer and other panelists noted that Waters, whose committee oversees Mnuchin’s department, is the same congresswoman who President Donald Trump has repeatedly mocked as “low IQ.”
“Two things in there that were specifically disrespectful, Wolf,” said the Washington Post‘s David Swerdlick. “First, he said ‘his important meeting,’ implying the meeting they were having right then and there wasn’t important. Second, telling her she should gavel out the committee as if he’s running the meeting, not her.”
“To the point that Jeffrey made about Republicans not being used to oversight,” Swerdlick continued. “It’s also — and I think some viewers are not going to like this — it’s also the case that I think you have a situation of a wealthy powerful white man not liking to be told what to do by an African-American woman sitting congressional chair … It’s a pattern in this administration.”
Trump furious with Steve King for crippling his re-election chances in Iowa: CNN’s April Ryan
Sitting in with CNN's Victor Blackwell on Sunday morning, contributor April Ryan relayed that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is in big trouble not only with his party over his latest comments about rape and incest, but that Donald Trump is aggravated with him too because he may impact the president's chances in Iowa in the 2020 election.
With King reeling from the fallout from his own comments made during an appearance earlier in the week, Ryan said that his days may be numbered because senior Republicans want him gone too.
‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman
One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.
Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.
Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.
Heather Heyer’s mom says things have gotten worse since Charlottesville — but she has a solution
CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday interviewed Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Her daughter was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.
"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."