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.”
Condi Rice deflects Trump’s racism by saying slavery was just ‘a number of people being treated badly’
Former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Sunday blamed Democrats for racism after she was asked about President Donald Trump's controversial bigoted statements.
During an interview on CNN, host Fareed Zakaria asked Rice about some of Trump's most racist statements, like telling Democratic congresswomen to "go back" where they came from. And when he said there were good people on "both sides" at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville.
"When you hear Trump, this is a repudiation of everything you were trying to do," Zakaria pointed out.
"The president needs to be a lot more careful," Rice agreed. "Race is a very delicate and raw nerve in America. We have the birth defect of slavery, we have the birth defect of a number of people being treated badly."
Rand Paul snaps at Liz Cheney over Iran warmongering and announces plans to help her opponent
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with host Jake Tapper, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took several shots at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) over her desire to attack Iran and her defense of departed White House adviser John Bolton.
Asked about his ongoing feud with the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Paul said the congresswomen is out of touch when it comes to American's taste for war.
“The Iraq War, President Trump has said, was the biggest geopolitical blunder of the last generation," Paul explained. "It destabilized the Middle East and increased the strength of Iran and tipped the balance toward Iran, so really there was nothing good about the Iraq war and Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney and John Bolton still don’t get it. They are still advocating for more regime change in the Middle East.”
‘There are some women who’d beg to differ’: Watch CNN anchor’s epic response to sexism in politics
On Saturday, CNN anchor S.E. Cupp gave a passionate lecture about the sexism female politicians face during political campaigns.
The host read a quote from a "top" advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I don't know of anybody who has taken as sustained and vitriolic a negative pounding as Biden ...really the most vicious press I think anyone's experienced,” the Biden advisor told Politico.
"Come again? What's that now?" Cupp asked in disbelief.
"I think there are some women who beg to differ," she noted.