In a Thursday panel discussion on CNN, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) lamented that it seems his political party has changed a lot since he left office just four years ago.
When asked about Trump’s racist tweets that attacked four Congresswomen of color, he said there isn’t room for this in America.
“People can describe them any way they want, I don’t think there’s room in America, society for these kinds of chants, this kind of conversation, it doesn’t belong in our politics,” Boehner said. “It’s reflective of how divided America has become. I was brought up it doesn’t cost anything to be nice. You can disagree without being disagreeable.”
He was asked a second time if he thought the comments Trump made were racist.
“A little different style then I have,” Boehner responded.
Host Ana Cabrera pushed him further asking if he was refusing to say that the comments were racist.
“I don’t watch the news every day, I’m not in the political arena every day,” Boehner dodged again. “And, so, I let people have that fight and discuss it.”
Cabrera said she could read the tweets out if Boehner needed to hear them to make a judgment call.
Boehner tried to dodge again, saying he was there to talk about entitlements. Cabrera asked if he even recognized the Republican Party as it is today.
“Well, it’s clearly changed in the years since I left, and the president is probably the most unique person we’ve had,” he said. “The fact is, he’s president. And our politics in America have gotten further and further apart. That’s why the issue we’re talking about is really not a partisan issue. When you look at 10 million retirees in these multiemployer pension plans, they live in Democratic districts they live in Republican districts.”
Boehner then said that the reason he will continue to support Trump, despite the racism, is that he nominates conservative judges.
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‘They sense weakness’: Former senator says the world is ‘smirking’ as Trump flails away at latest China tariffs
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While talking about trade with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Baucus said that China timed its new announcements of tariffs against $75 billion worth of American goods specifically to humiliate the president.
"They sense weakness," explained Baucus, who has also previously served as an American ambassador to China. "And I think that they see a weakness in the United States today. Trump has been weakened because of the weakened American economy and they're retaliating against the tariffs that Trump imposed after there was a truce there would be no tariffs."
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As the CNN host pressed the Trump administration official on plans to hold children indefinitely, she put pictures of the kids in cages up on the screen which angered Cuccinelli.
"On one level it protects children, but it also exposes children to the overcrowding. Here's some of the roll we've been playing for months," she began, only to have the White House official cut her off.
Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.
"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."