On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” as fallout continues from President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on four progressive black and Hispanic women lawmakers, White House correspondent Jim Acosta showed viewers a supercut of some of the president’s most racist behavior in recent years.
“President Trump is doubling down on his racist tweet aimed at four Democratic women of color in Congress,” said Acosta. “The president is dumping more fuel on the firestorm he touched off by telling those members of Congress, if they aren’t happy in this country, they can leave. President Trump is defending his racist attacks on Twitter, not concerned that his tweets aimed at four women of color in Congress may appeal to white nationalists.”
“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me and all I’m saying — they want to leave, they can leave. Now, it doesn’t say leave forever. It says leave,” said Trump.
“Referring to congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley,” continued Acosta. “The president tweeted they could ‘go back to where they came from.’ But three of them were born in the U.S. The fourth, Omar, came here as a child and became a citizen. There were no apologies from Mr. Trump as he took the incendiary rhetoric one step further, telling the women they can leave the country.”
“The race-baiting rhetoric is the cornerstone of his rise in American politics, going back to birther attacks on Barack Obama,” said Acosta, playing a clip of Trump saying, “People are trying to figure out why isn’t he giving his birth certificate, it’s not a birth certificate.”
“That’s racist, Obama was born in Hawaii,” said Acosta. “Then there were his comments about immigrants crossing the Mexican border as he launched his campaign.”
“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people,” said Trump in his now-infamous quote from 2015.
“That’s racist too,” said Acosta. “Then there was his equivocating over white nationalists and neo-Nazis spreading violence in Charlottesville.”
“Excuse me. Excuse me,” said Trump in the clip from 2017. “You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people. On both sides.”
Legal analyst rips senators for ‘getting the vapers’ and using Schiff ‘being mean’ as an excuse to vote against witnesses
Senators are already trying to come up with an excuse not to support calling witnesses for the impeachment trial and CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin thinks they found it.
According to CNN's Manu Raju, Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Jim Risch (R-ID) freaked out about a CBS News report cited by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) that a Trump confidant said if the Republicans vote against Trump their "head will be in a pike."
Susan Collins denies CBS report that a Trump friend threatened Republicans’ heads ‘will be on a pike’
CBS News reported this week that a friend of the president's threatened U.S. senators if they were thinking of voting in support of witnesses.
“Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike," the Trump confidant said.
According to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), however, it was a lie and no one ever said it.
CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Collins audibly disputed Schiff's quote of the story during the trial.
"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.
Here’s why Trump and McConnell can’t hold up impeachment witnesses during the Senate trial: Ex-special counsel
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been threatening senators that if they voted for witnesses to appear and be questioned, then it would turn the impeachment into an overwhelmingly long and drawn-out process. It's an argument that President Donald Trump's legal team has also argued. The problem is that it is legally incorrect, according to a former special counsel to the Defense Department.
In a panel discussion with CNN, Ryan Goodman said that there's no legal basis for this claim.
"In fact, the Senate can decide the matter and it wouldn't be litigated," Goodman explained. "If the Senate decided to issue the subpoenas and the Chief Justice, in fact, sent those subpoenas, it would be the final word. There's a Supreme Court case about this, Nixon v. United States, Judge Nixon, which said the Senate sets the rules and the courts review it. So, it's not like it will be litigated in a way. They are the final word."