New Yorker reporter Susan Glasser on Friday told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that President Donald Trump has an unnerving power to make everyone around him sacrifice their dignity and integrity just to remain in his good graces.
During a panel discussion, Camerota quoted from Glasser’s latest piece in the New Yorker that described the way that formerly respectable public officials have transformed themselves into mindless sycophants for the president.
“Getting inside this president’s good graces appears to require an extra helping of public obsequiousness, groveling, flip-floppery, and over-the-top televised pronouncements,” Camerota said, quoting from Glasser. “This unseemly aspect of the Trump era was on full display at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where both… Lindsey Graham and Attorney General Bill Barr went out of their way to appeal to the president at the expense of their own credibility.”
Glasser responded that much of what she had observed this week echoed similar observations made by former FBI Director James Comey in a scathing op-ed about the ways Trump corrupts people.
“He called Donald Trump an ‘eater of souls,'” she said of Comey’s op-ed. “That’s a very dramatic rendering of it, but I think gets at this psychological fact of this Trump White House… why stake your credibility of this president so challenged with the truth?”
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Don Lemon notes the GOP panic after their own witnesses gave testimony harming Trump: ‘Worried much?’
CNN anchor Don Lemon explained how witnesses called by Republicans in the impeachment inquiry destoryed the defenses employed by President Donald Trump and his allies.
"Now, let's just be honest, the shakedown -- that's exactly what it is -- the shakedown is exposed, people," Lemon said.
"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."
"They called him apparently expecting him to say what he said in his closed-door testimony, that he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, or let's call it for what it is again -- a shakedown," he continued. "Well, now he says he was wrong."
NSC aide Morrison flounders as lawmaker asks why he reported Trump’s phone call if he didn’t think it was a big deal
At the impeachment hearings on Tuesday, National Security Council aide Tim Morrison stressed that he didn't believe there was anything inappropriate about the call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But when Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) asked him why he reported the call to government lawyers, he had no answer.
"You responded to a series of questions about the call and saw nothing wrong with it, yet you skipped your chain of command to go to legal counsel to find out — I guess to find out what to do, because you were concerned about the political fallout, not about anything being appropriate or wrong with the call, is that correct?" asked Demings.
CNN legal analyst flattens Rick Santorum for ridiculous impeachment defense of Trump
Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum was shut down on CNN for his latest defense of President Donald Trump.
Santorum was effectively arguing for people to ignore the words coming from Trump.
"Wait, this argument is insane," Carrie Cordero said. "You cannot argue that the president of the United States' words do not matter or that he's just sort of spouting off or he has his own views."
"The reality is we ignore 80 to 90% of what the president says," Santorum argued. "Look at the tweets, we ignore most of those things he tweets and say 'it's Trump being Trump.'"
Then CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin flattened Santorum.