CNN was ripped online on Tuesday for having once paid Ken Cuccinelli as an on-air contributor. The uproar followed Cuccinelli’s appearance on “Out Front” with Erin Burnett.
The new acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services claimed the Statue of Liberty only applied to people from Europe.
“The poem reads ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’” said Burnett. “Wretched poor refuse. That’s what the poem says America is supposed to stand for. So what do you think America stands for?”
“Well, of course, that poem was referred back to people coming from Europe, where they had class-based societies. Where people were considered wretched if they weren’t in the right class,” said Cuccinelli.
The internet was appalled that CNN had ever hired Cuccinelli.
Here’s some of what people were saying:
There are lots of great people at CNN. Lots of them. But it is worth noting that network execs thought Ken Cuccinelli’s insight was so valuable that they paid him for it. (Probably at a salary that could’ve paid for another reporter or producer.) https://t.co/Gb4reNzdr9
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 14, 2019
just another reminder that a few short months ago, cuccinelli was saying the same disturbing evil shit on tv but back then cnn was paying him to do it. https://t.co/BTKcTefweP
— susie (@banikarim) August 14, 2019
CNN paid this racist piece of shit for 2 years, btw. It's cute how they're just now discovering Cuccinelli is a white supremacist.
At least you'd think so. Jeff Lord was a bit less subtle.
— James Dubhthaigh (@JamesDubhthaigh) August 13, 2019
— Keshi 🌈🍹🐈🌞🌍🌕🌟😁 (@keshisea) August 13, 2019
Trump can’t attack Kamala Harris without contradicting his own message: Bakari Sellers
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers broke down why Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) poses such a challenge for President Donald Trump.
"What we're seeing with the two parties is the narrow focus is going to be on the fact that Donald Trump and the Trump campaign have no way, and they do not know how to deal, with Kamala Harris," said Sellers. "It very difficult to say 'Kamala is a cop' and be a 'law and order president.' Those two things simply do not mesh. Not only ahistorical and inaccurate, but the messages, they collide."
"But second, it shows that the Republican Party and Democratic Party are going in two vastly different directions," continued Sellers. "The country is becoming more diverse, the country is becoming more brown. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the demographics of what the country will be, and Donald Trump and Steven Miller and Mike Pence represent a day that's passed. So what I would say tonight is while Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to cheer on the Confederacy, we're trying to re-imagine what this country will look like. It goes back to a time where Americans can feel good about being first and about thinking about what our country can be: full of hope and faith."
Trump has never even read a ‘children’s book’ about Abraham Lincoln: presidential historian
A top presidential historian on Tuesday revealed that President Donald Trump personally admitted to him that he had never read a book about President Abraham Lincoln -- not even a children's book like the ones read in public schools.
Appearing on CNN, Rice University history professor Douglas Brinkley argued that Trump is the most historically illiterate president he's ever encountered, and he said his knowledge of past presidents and historical events boils down to reciting factoids about them that may or may not be accurate.
CNN roasts Trump for mangling every fact about the 1918 flu pandemic
CNN's John Berman on Tuesday roasted President Donald Trump for mangling every single historical fact about the 1918 flu pandemic.
"Overnight, history teachers across America suffered an incredible scare," Berman said. "It came as the president was trying to compare the coronavirus pandemic to the worst flu pandemic of the last century."
He then played a clip from the president's Monday evening news conference.
"The closest thing is in 1917, they say, right?" the president said on Monday. "The great pandemic. It certainly was a terrible thing, where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people. Probably ended the Second World War -- all the soldiers were sick!"