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 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."
‘It is all crazy’: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin goes off on people who try to insist Trump’s rants are just jokes
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin scorned the idea from President Donald Trump's defenders that rants like his recent anointment of himself as "the chosen one" are made in jest, for entertainment value.
"One of the strange things about President Trump is that nobody has ever seen him laugh, like a full laugh on camera," said Toobin. "Think about it. You never see it. And this notion of explaining crazy things he says as jokes is not — that is just not true. He does not joke. When he said 'Russia, you know, I want you to find Hillary Clinton's emails,' they tried to explain it as a joke. It wasn't. Russia went right to work trying to find Hillary's emails."
‘It’s always dread with President Trump’: CNN analyst says G7 leaders are revolted they have to meet with Trump again
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," reporter Abby Phillip said that world leaders are feeling "dread" about the prospect of meeting with President Donald Trump after his latest round of erratic behavior on the world stage.
"There is a big test on foreign relations for President Trump this weekend," said host Brianna Keilar. "He's going to the G7. He, Abby, is headed there after insulting Denmark by pulling out of a state visit, keeping in mind that Denmark is a key intel and military ally of the U.S. What is the mood going into this forum?"
"Honestly, it's always dread with President Trump," said Phillip.