Tonight would be the perfect time for President Donald Trump to actually release his taxes, CNN’s Chris Cuomo suggested in his final commentary Tuesday. The revelation outed by the New York Times this week disclosed that the man who claimed to be a genius businessman is actually a fraud. He managed to lose almost $1.2 billion in 10 years, more than any other person in America. What saved him wasn’t a smart investment or a big real estate deal, it was CNN head Jeff Zucker.
Cuomo recalled investigating Trump’s finances in 2005 when he worked for ABC News. He said that he understands why Trump is refusing to turn over his information.
“Remember, you kept yelling at us,” Cuomo recalled with a smile. “You insisted you were worth billions but you wouldn’t give us real proof and we could only find proof of debt? Remember your lawyer that sounded a lot like [he was] damning [us] back to the womb for getting your worth wrong? It was right then, even more right now.”
“The second reason is you and I share a more common history,” the host continued. “We were both given huge breaks by Jeff Zucker, chairman of Warner media news and sports and president of CNN worldwide.”
Cuomo recalled that Zucker was working in programming for NBC when he approached Trump about the idea of “The Apprentice.” Up until the show, Trump was bleeding money. After Zucker made Trump famous, things looked up.
“I’m sure you don’t like this narrative, but the only way is to show your returns,” Cuomo said. “The truth will come out on your own terms. There’s something to respect in that. At the end of the day, isn’t that why you inflated your assets? But if you man up and say this has gone too far and it’s not fair, here is the information, here are the taxes. And along with it, push for a law that makes it a federal requirement for all to show taxes in a run for the White House, and then a swath of tax fixes to close the gaping hole that you exploited in grotesque fashion.”
Watch Cuomo’s full commentary below:
Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate
With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.
A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.
Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.
‘He clocked Beto’: Van Jones says ‘Castro came out of nowhere’ to dominate the first Democratic debate
CNN host Van Jones asserted on Wednesday that former Transporation Secretary Julián Castro was the breakout star of the first Democratic presidential debate.
"I was super proud to be a Democrat," Jones said following the debate. "I thought they all did better than Trump."
The CNN host went on to call Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) a "college professor" compared to the other candidates, who he said were more like "graduate students."
"She is able to go back and forth between policy and the human thing," Jones marveled before moving on to praise Castro.
"It was Castro that came out of nowhere!" Jones exclaimed. "Nobody was talking about Castro. He did the Texas takedown, turned around, clocked Beto [O'Rourke]. I mean, you never saw it coming."
CNN’s Toobin shuts down Rick Santorum for spinning about the Mueller report
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that there was no point to Democrats calling former special counsel Robert Mueller for a public hearing — but legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin quickly shut him down.
"The Democrats think it will spark some sort of outrage for impeachment," said Santorum. "I just think, and this is why the president is frustrated, it's because they won't let go. They won't accept the fact that the American public moved on and they haven't."
"Jeff? Has the American public moved on?" asked Cooper.