CNN anchor S.E. Cupp on Saturday blasted the Republican Party for enabling President Donald Trump’s racism.
“Welcome to ‘Unfiltered,’ in what might be the ugliest week of his presidency so far, Donald Trump went from dipping a toe in the pool of white nationalism to bathing in it,” Cupp declared.
First, there was the racist tweetstorm he told four women of color, elected representatives no less — to go back to their own countries. Then his followers took his cues and responded, chanting “Send her back” about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at a rally in North Carolina,” she reported.
“After initially pretending he did not endorse that vile rhetoric, here he is yesterday tripling down on his attacks,” she continued, playing a clip of the president.
“I can tell you this, you can’t talk that way about our country. Not when I am the president,” Trump declared.
“A handful of elected Republicans have said — rather politely — they disagree with the president. Leadership, however, is just fine with it,” she noted.
“Here is tonight’s headline, you break it, you own it. The Republican Party is now fully and totally responsible for these racist, divisive, un-American ideas,” Cupp said. “They are yours as much as any policy is. In fact, it is the policy.”
“This idea that Republicans can compartmentalize Trump into categories is the lie of the century. Trump is not a buffet where you can take what you like and leave what you don’t, it doesn’t work that way,” she explained.
“Trump voters don’t separate his economic from his cultural agenda. Evangelicals don’t get to dismiss his naked immorality just because he panders to them,” Cupp said. “And Republican lawmakers can’t pretend what they are really purchasing is the legislation and the racist rhetoric is just a free staple that comes with it.”
“Through every racist flare-up, Republicans have been willing to hold their noses and continue to support Trump,” she reminded.
“There are no compartments, there is only all of Trump or none of Trump,” she concluded. “The Republican Party chose all. ”
CNN’s Cuomo hammers GOP lobbyist for saying Trump can fire the inspector general
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," anchor Chris Cuomo pushed back on GOP lobbyist and American Conservative Union director Matt Schlapp for saying President Donald Trump has the right to fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for transmitting the whistleblower complaint.
"Why would it be okay for the president to go after the inspector general for dealing with the whistleblower?" said Cuomo.
"Because he serves at the pleasure of the president. The president can get rid of them at any time," said Schlapp. "At the State Department during Obama's presidency, during the whole time Hillary was at the State Department, he didn't bother to pick an IG."
Trump suffers ‘Impostor Syndrome’ on a level ‘previously unknown to man’: Art of the Deal co-author
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," "Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz broke down President Donald Trump's mental state — and suggested that the president has a subconscious, pathological fear of being exposed as a fraud.
"Knowing the president as you do, how do you think he is going to handle next couple of days of this public testimony?" asked Cooper. "He obviously watches a lot of this. They often claim he's too busy to watch it, but he clearly does."
"Well, I think that he is in two places right now," said Schwartz. "I'm sorry to say this, because one of them seems fine. Which, for — to me, which is I suspect, he is in — his nervous system is in a very high state of activation, and God save you to be around him right now. Because this is the ultimate humiliation, to have his election called into question."
White House in ‘chaos’ in advance of public impeachment hearings: report
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House reporter Jim Acosta broke down how President Donald Trump's administration is in a state of turmoil with hours to go before the public impeachment hearings begin in the House.
"It is a picture of chaos as the president heads into this very different phase for him in the impeachment inquiry, very public phase with officials testifying in front of cameras up on Capitol Hill," said Acosta.
"My colleagues and I over here at the White House are hearing from our sources that when Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, started these legal maneuverings a few days ago, first he would join this lawsuit in federal court that would determine whether or not he should respond to these congressional subpoenas up on Capitol Hill and testify, and then yesterday he decided he's going to pull out of that legal challenge and pose his own legal challenge, file his own lawsuit and then this morning we find out he's scrapping the whole thing altogether and going back to the original legal guidance from the administration that he's immune from testifying under this subpoena that has been issued for his testimony," continued Acosta.