On Thursday, during an interview with comedian Stephen Colbert, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper invoked an obscure “X-Men” reference to characterize the destructive tendencies of President Donald Trump — and the way he politically poisons anyone who comes into contact with him.
“The pace of it, I think about the people who work in the White House,” said Cooper. “I think President Trump — you know, Dorothy Parker said those born to the storm find the calm very boring. I don’t know why he was born to the storm but that chaos—”
“Oh, he creates his own storm,” said Colbert. “He takes a big bucket of seawater, throws it in his own face and says, ‘I’m a sea captain.’ We’re going to ride it out, boys. Throw another bucket.”
“I always think about everybody around him just how exhausting it must be to be in that orbit. I mean—”
“Like every person who leaves goes, God, it’s crazy in there,” agreed Colbert.
“Rick Wilson, a Republican strategist who we have on the show, wrote a book called Everything Trump Touches Dies,” said Cooper. “And I think, I think that’s a really interesting title. It sort of reminds me of, like, Rogue in ‘X-Men.’ Everything she touches, she sucks the life’s blood out of you and kills you. Do you ever worry about it?”
Colbert seemed a bit thrown off by the analogy.
“Well, the thing is it is not just the people she kissed who die. It is people who go against her,” continued Cooper. “And there are real people who have already destroyed themselves because they have so gone after Trump that they themselves, it blows back up. They’ve gone down to his level.”
South Carolina beachgoer demands Asian-American CNN reporter ‘get out of his country’
A CNN reporter faced intolerance over her face mask and ethnicity at beaches in the South over the weekend.
CNN's Natasha Chen said that she was interviewing the mayor of Tybee Island on Saturday when she was jeered for wearing a face covering.
"Somebody saw us and the mayor and I were both wearing masks and they yelled at us to take them off," Chen recalled on Sunday. "Somebody claimed that sunlight is the best disinfectant."
In a subsequent report, Chen revealed that she had also been harassed while working in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
"Within the past hour, there was a person who was not happy with what we were covering," Chen said. "We've been talking to people -- who have all been really nice, by the way -- talking to us about how they're social distancing, what they're seeing with the crowds on the beach, but this person didn't like it."
Priest schools Trump for assuming he wasn’t doing ‘essential work’ before
President Donald Trump signed an executive order that proclaimed that all churches were required to open as essential businesses, whether they wanted to or not. It prompted one priest to explain that he's been working the whole time in ways that ensure the safety of those who need his blessings and prayers.
Speaking to CNN Sunday, Father Edward Beck explained that opening churches for massive congregations doesn't make people more likely to practice their faith than they should have been under quarantine.
Trump economic adviser: ‘Our human capital stock is ready to get back to work’
White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett on Sunday said that workers -- who he referred to as "human capital stock" -- are "ready to get back to work" during the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview on CNN, host Dana Bash asked Hassett if unemployment could be in double digits when President Donald Trump faces re-election in November.
"Yes, I do," Hassett replied. "But I think all the signs of economic recovery are going to be raging everywhere and the only thing we're going to be really debating as economists is are we going to get back to where we were or is it going to be kind of a long haul to get there?"