On Tuesday, CNN reporter Randi Kaye interviewed a group of eight Texas GOP women about President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on four black and brown congresswomen who have criticized him. And they broadly refused to accept that his behavior was racist.
“How many of you don’t think what the president said was racist, raise your hand?” said Kaye, continuing in a voiceover, “These eight Republican women from Dallas don’t see anything wrong with President Trump telling four Democratic Congress to go back to where they came from.
“He was saying if they hate America so much because what we’re seeing out of them and hearing out of them, they hate America,” said one woman. “If it’s so bad, there’s a lot of places they can go.”
“I’m a browned skin woman, I am a legal immigrant. I agree with him,” said another.
“I’m glad that the president said what he said because all they are doing is they are — they are inciting hatred and division and that’s not what our country is about,” said one.
“Isn’t that what the president does with some of his own comments, his own racist comments?” Kaye pushed back.
“He didn’t say anything about color,” one protested.
“We know the president is not racist,” said another. “He loves people from Hispanics to black people, all across the board.”
“Let me share with you the definition of racism from the Meriam Webster dictionary,” said Kaye. “Racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Based on that definition, do you not think what the president is saying—”
“He dated a black woman for two years,” said one woman. “Two of his wives are immigrants. He is not a racist.”
“If the first black billionaire is endorsing President Trump, how can you call him racist?” said another.
“These congresswomen that said they ran for Congress, ran for office because they explicitly love this country, you’re saying that’s a lie?” said Kaye. The room broadly agreed.
“Do you think it’s a coincidence these four congresswomen the president is going after, none of them are white?” said Kaye
“I don’t think it matters. It’s idiotic,” said one woman. “It doesn’t matter if they are white, man, woman, brown, yellow, anything.”
“I wish there was a white one that they — if they aren’t racist, how come they haven’t befriended one of their white female congresswomen colleagues and let her join?” said another woman, apparently missing the point that they are being grouped together specifically because the president attacked them by name, not because they only arbitrarily decided to be friends with each other.
“They won’t,” agreed another woman. “They don’t like white people, come on. They are racist.”
Trump’s ‘adolescent’ letter to Turkey stuns ex-White House adviser: ‘It is unprecedented’
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," David Gergen, a former White House adviser to four presidents, was astonished by President Donald Trump's letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an warning him "don't be a fool."
"I don't want to laugh about it because it's — this is a letter that was actually sent, at least, he says it was," said host Erin Burnett. "Have you ever seen anything like this?"
"Well, Erin, many presidents write tough letters, nasty letters, angry letters, frustrated letters. The normal presidents then put them in a jar in a file called 'burn before sending,'" said Gergen. "This had such an adolescent quality to it when I read it, I immediately called my researcher, and I said, see if this is fake."
Democratic senator burns Trump’s ‘belligerent’ behavior: ‘Something I have never seen in my 27 years in Congress’
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) laid into President Donald Trump's behavior during his Syria meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
"You were there, you were inside the White House for that meeting," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "What unfolded exactly?"
"Well, the president came in and he was in a belligerent state from the beginning," said Menendez. "He smacked down a whole bunch of papers on the table and said, you all asked for this meeting, I reluctantly agreed to it. No one had asked for the meeting. Speaker Pelosi said, Mr. President, we didn't ask for a meeting, we asked for a briefing to understand the consequences of your actions. He said, Well, then let's end the meeting. She said, while I'm here, it's my duty as the speaker to tell you that the House has just passed, I think 362, I forget exactly the number, a resolution opposing your decision and calling upon a strategy for ISIS. He just went on and said that's a political hit job and it went downwards from there."
‘Ignorance at the highest level’: Intel Democrat slams Trump for bizarre letter to Turkish president
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, ripped President Donald Trump for his juvenile letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.
"The White House just released the text of the less letter that the president sent to Erdo?an of Turkey, among other things, saying in the aftermath of the earlier decision by the U.S. to pull out troops, saying 'Don't be a tough guy, don't be a fool,'" said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "What is your reaction to that?"
"You know, I'll be honest, I saw this online first. I got a copy of the letter," said Quigley. "I actually thought it was a prank, a joke. It couldn't possibly come from the Oval Office. It sounded all of the world like the president of the United States, in some sort of momentary lapse, just dictated angrily whatever was on the top of his head. These are extraordinarily serious issues. And an extraordinarily dangerous part of the world."