On Tuesday, a panel on CNN’s “OutFront” devolved into a shouting match after former New York gubernatorial candidate and Trump surrogate Rob Astorino tried to categorically deny the president’s attacks on women of color were racist — and that the Democrats were racist for criticizing him.
“He doesn’t say, ‘go back where you’re originally from,’ to someone who looks like you,” anchor Erin Burnett pointed out. “Or even someone who looks like me. He says it to four black and brown people.”
“You know, he was saying it to four people, four politicians, who have thrown barbs at him, who have been vile in what they said.”
“He’s never said it to a white person!” said Burnett.
“But that means then, they’re completely immune from anything because of their skin color, and that’s really what the Democrats are trying to say,” whined Astorino.
“They’re people who happen to be black and brown,” said American Urban Radio Network director April Ryan heatedly.
“April, I think — let’s go back to what you said,” said Astorino. “You know you’ve got to turn that to the other side as well. You’re saying he is doing it for the Republican base. You don’t think today’s resolution was done to spark the left? Of course it was. It was to throw red made to the left to give them what they want, of course it was.”
“We have never had a president in the U.S. history to have to have a resolution placed to say that what he said was racist!” said Ryan, as Astorino tried to make a tangent about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). “We have never had that before!”
“Listen, Rob,” said progressive broadcaster Keith Boykin. “You’re not seriously going to sit here and pretend like the problem is not the president of the United States of America. Forget what any other freshman member of Congress is doing. We have a person who is a head of our executive branch of government. The president of the United States engaging in repeated, incessant, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic attacks on people who are different from him.”
“No, people he disagrees with,” said Astorino. “There’s a difference.”
“It’s one thing for a freshman member of Congress or you or I to say something, but the president has a moral responsibility to lead,” said Boykin.
“Joe Biden,” said Astorino. “Joe Biden? Is he racist?”
“What does that have to do with Joe Biden?” snapped Boykin.
“Stop bringing Obama and Biden into everything,” said Ryan.
“No, no it goes one way, the left, this is the point. It goes one way,” said Astorino. “Kamala Harris brought this up, not me, right? It only goes one way. And this is the race card.”
“Stop deflecting and deal with President Trump,” said Ryan.
“He’s going after four politicians who have been the face of the Democratic Party—”
“Then do it on merit!” said Burnett. “Do it on substance!”
“No you can’t!” said Astorino. “That’s the point. You can’t do it on merit anymore. You can’t disagree on politics with the left in any way, shape, or form. They are attacking their own. Pelosi.”
“Rob, stop it!” shouted Boykin. “Just stop, stop, stop the nonsense. You’re better than this. We had a civil conversation in the green room. You come here on national television, maybe you’re trying to pander to Donald Trump. But this is not who you are! This is a guy — you know this guy. He started in the 70s. He was sued by the Nixon administration for racial discrimination. He spent years lying about the Central Park Five. His own casino workers accused him of racism in the 80s. He spent five and a half years lying about Barack Obama’s birth certificate … You can’t tell me you don’t know this guy is a racist!”
Ex-Trump official bashes White House ‘apologists’ who haven’t quit yet: ‘There’s not much hope for them’
A report on the silence coming from first daughter Ivanka Trump and her White House advisor husband Jared Kushner after Donald Trump attacked American Jews turned to the future of White House aides who are either complicit in the president's policies or stand idly by as he lurches from controversy to controversy.
In an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, former Trump adviser J.W. Verret pointed out there are still some "adults in the room" with Trump, but CNN's Kaitlan Collins first pointed out that -- as of late -- Ivanka and Kushner are not among them.
"This fits a pattern that we've seen from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at times during times when the administration tried to repeal parts of Obamacare, and of course, the big one the president has made about Jewish people who are supporting Democrats," Collins explained. "Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are both Orthodox Jews. They've been involved with the president on many things. but neither of them have said anything publicly about the president's comments. and when we asked the white house have they been advising the president privately on this, the White House did not get back to us."
‘Hypocritical’ Republicans busted for disappearing now that Trump has exploded the deficit
In a "Reality Check" segment on CNN on Thursday morning, contributor John Avlon called out GOP fiscal hawks who have suddenly disappeared from the public square now that a Republican president has exploded the national debt.
Introduced by host John Berman, who asked, "This morning new numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirm it: The national debt and deficit are much worse than thought. So where is the party of fiscal responsibility in times like these?" Avlon broke it down.
"While President Trump was busy proclaiming himself 'the chosen one,' you might have missed more bad news in the form of data," Avlon smirked. "Brand new CBO numbers shows the budget deficit is skyrocketing, projected to rise 25 percent over last year and heading to over $1 trillion next year. Tax revenues are $430 billion below where they were expected to be before the Trump tax cuts while spending in is in drunken sailor territory adding $1.7 trillion in the next decade."
‘Something wrong’ with Trump’s mental health — and he needs an ‘intervention’: Dem lawmaker
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) told CNN's John Berman that President Donald Trump's mental health should be a cause of deep concern for all Americans.
In particular, Deutch pointed to Trump's string of strange statements on Wednesday, in which he favorably quoted someone who called him "The Second Coming of God" and then flat-out referred to himself as "The Chosen One."
"If you or I had an uncle who went on social media and started making claims or tweeting claims about being the 'King of Israel' and the 'Second Coming; and then went out into public and talked about being the 'Chosen One,' you know what we would do?" he asked rhetorically. "We would gather our family members and figure out how to have an intervention because there's something clearly wrong there."