President Donald Trump had a chaotic day, from holding a summit with far-right online activists, to announcing executive action to gather citizenship data in place of the rejected census question, to letting his administration release information on upcoming immigration raids.
There is a method to the madness, argued New York Times editor Patrick Healy on CNN’s “OutFront.”
“I want to start with the big picture here,” said host Erin Burnett. “You have this social media summit, right, that is — was extremists. You have the immigration raids, which obviously if you’re really raiding and targeting you wouldn’t announce. An executive order to collect citizenship data. All of this coming days before Mueller’s big testimony. And we certainly don’t know everything he is going to say but the bottom line is he couldn’t exonerate the president. Coincidence that all this is happening now?”
“Not a coincidence at all — this is classic Trump political playbook,” said Healy. “His two big strategies, that he saw as what won him the presidency in 2016 was targeting immigrants and sowing division.”
“He is doing it now with immigrants by ordering the ICE raids, which have been done in past under prove administrations,” said Healy. “But he makes it sound as if he in his — his immigration team are going into cities to be willing to take families, you know, out of these places and deport them. And then also going hard at this citizenship census question.”
“On the sowing division front. He brings in right wing extremists, fearmongers, basically people making their careers out of making things up on the Internet in order to sow disinformation and divide people, and playing into this sense of grievance that he has done over and over again,” continued Healy. “It is sort of a classic Trump playbook strategy. And it’s exactly right. It’s coming right before a week that is, you know, a week he has wanted to avoid, let’s face it, for a year and a half, having Robert Mueller get up in front of the entire world and say in detail what he found.”
CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield flattens Trump apologist for hilariously bad defense of the president
CNN host Fredricka Whitfield did battle with President Donald Trump's official apologist on the network, Jim Shultz.
Schultz quoted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who said that if Democrats want witnesses, then all witnesses should be available to be called. The problem is that Republicans want to call people that weren't even involved in Trump's obstructions of Congress. Republicans want to call Vice President Joe Biden and his son, there are likely some Republicans who want to call Hillary Clinton to talk about Benghazi again, and they'll likely search for reasons they can randomly call Democratic officials in Congress, who also had nothing to do with Trump's actions.
Jeffrey Toobin accuses Dershowitz of trying to ‘elevate himself’ with Trump trial in fiery CNN confrontation
CNN's "State of the Union" kicked off Sunday morning with a battle between one of Donald Trump's impeachment defense lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, and CNN legal contributor - and former Dershowitz student -- Jeffrey Toobin, with Toobin right away getting in a shot at his old professor for trying to elevate his profile by working for the president.
With fill-in host Brianna Keillar acting as referee and pressing Dershowitz to explain his legal case supporting the president, the conversation turned into a sparring match as Toobin disputed the Trump attorney's contention that the president did not abuse his power-- which is the centerpiece of the Senate trial.
Presidential historian rains hell on National Archives for ‘idiotic’ decision to blur photos to spare Trump’s feelings
Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning, noted presidential historian Douglas Brinkley harshly criticized the decision by the National Archives to blur photos of posters that were critical of Donald Trump, saying it was a betrayal of their mission.
Speaking with host Martin Savidge, the normally staid Brinkley was blunt in his assessment of the decision -- despite an apology from a spokesperson for the Archives -- calling the very fact that it even happened "idiotic."
"I could not believe the National Archives did such a thing," Brinkley began. "It's such a venerable institution and we all trust it. It's the depository of our national heirlooms and leavings and here it is doctoring photos to make Donald Trump look good. I mean to the idea you take the women's march of 2017 which was largely anti-Trump march and start changing signs like one sign said 'God hates Trump,' they just blurred out the word Trump so the protester sign says 'God hates.' That was replicated many times, it's an idiotic idea to have altered that photograph. I am pleased a retraction has come our way. "