On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Chris Cuomo invited on Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) to discuss the Ukraine scandal, starting with the testimony of Ukraine envoy Bill Taylor — and as usual, the exchange devolved into Mullin babbling ludicrous defenses of President Donald Trump.
“If this man what he is saying is deemed true, heard the call, saying investigate Biden — investigating one Biden is relevant to investigating all Bidens — and saying, I don’t think you should investigate these things, with the president with a quid pro quo, not that you need one, what would you think then?”
“You do need treason, bribery, high crime or misdemeanor and that has not happened,” said Mullin. (In reality, high crimes and misdemeanors is a broad phrase dating back to English common law that covers basically any kind of official misconduct.)
“If he asks a foreign power to investigate for a political advantage, it’s an excuse,” said Cuomo.
“He makes very unconventional decisions, but we hired a businessman to run the United States,” shot back Mullin. “That’s what the American people decided to do in 2016.”
“I have no problem with the election, I have no problem with the Democrats not getting over it, I’m asking you a question,” said Cuomo impatiently. “Here’s what I’m saying, Congressman. You are not supposed to ask a foreign power to investigate a political opponent. Do we agree?”
“Biden isn’t a political opponent. He hasn’t been elected,” said Mullin. “I would say that’s probably kosher. You shouldn’t. I’m not saying it’s illegal. I’m not saying it’s illegal to do so.”
“The founding fathers went out of their way, and it is illegal because you have laws designed off their intention to keep foreign powers out,” said Cuomo. “Let me give you a hint as somebody who wishes you well. Don’t ask a foreign power to look into your next opponent, Congressman. You’re going to be in legal jeopardy.”
“I completely agree with that and that is not what happened here,” said Mullin. “President Trump did not ask them to look into a political opponent, asked them to look into Hunter Biden’s—”
“That’s not what he said in the transcript. He said Biden and his son,” said Cuomo. “Why do you think this president cared about Joe Biden’s son? Because of how it’s connected to Joe Biden.”
“You have a seated vice president’s son who had no relationship with Ukraine setting on a board of an oligarch who is a known — he’s paid $83,000 a month,” whined Mullin.
“And all of a sudden [Trump] cares, right?” said Cuomo sarcastically. “It must really disgust him, not so much that he won’t have his daughter work for the U.S. government while she cuts trade deals for her company. That doesn’t bother him.”
“You always go to Ivanka,” complained Mullin.
“Because it’s such a hypocrisy,” shot back Cuomo.
Trump suffering an ‘erosion’ of his base — and it spells disaster for his campaign: CNN analyst
On Thursday, CNN political director David Chalian broke down one of the most ominous numbers for President Donald Trump in the new polls showing him down double digits to former Vice President Joe Biden.
"So in the approval, I think we see that down to 84 percent among Republicans," said Chalian. "Obviously, still, most Republicans are with the president ... but it's this little slippage that is actually significant. In the horserace, in the Biden versus Trump matchup, he gets 84 percent of Republican support. Joe Biden is in the 90s."
"So there's a little bit of erosion from key constituencies here, his fellow Republicans," said Chalian. "And just a little bit of an erosion in your base when your entire strategy for three and a half years has been all about jazzing up that base, not about trying to win the middle — the middle is gone for Donald Trump right now — but now we're seeing, because of his handling of the virus, this chipping away at the core supporters as well. That's a problem, given the way he's built his entire approach for the last three and a half years."
The problem isn’t the campaign manager — it’s Trump: Republican analyst
Switching up the campaign manager four months before the election when the latest poll shows you 12 points down has nothing to do with the campaign's leadership, Republican analyst Amanda Carpenter explained on CNN Wednesday.
"The problem isn't that Donald Trump has a bad campaigner," said Carpenter in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon. "They're raising tons of money. They have a boatload of surrogates. The problem is that he has a bad presidency. And no one -- no one, no spin master, not Kellyanne Conway, not Brad Parscale can spin the most important number of this election, and that's -- at present, 137,000 dead and rising. And so what we need to see if Donald Trump wants to turn this around is to turn around his white house. And I have four words of advice: More Fauci, less Kayleigh."
‘Are you kidding me?’ CNN’s Cuomo lays into Trump for hawking Goya products during a pandemic
On CNN Wednesday, Chris Cuomo exploded with outrage over the image of President Donald Trump promoting Goya food products from the Oval Office — just a day after his daughter did the same.
"The pandemic is in full effect," said Cuomo. "You tell me how a president, in the middle of a pandemic, has got time for this bullsh*t. Are you kidding me? Hawking products? Goya, I don't care who it is. Resolute Desk? This is what he's resolute about? Pandemic priorities? His daughter Ivanka, top White House adviser, are you kidding me? Marketing for a brand following calls for a boycott after Goya's CEO heaped praise on Trump last week. On your dime, in the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans. Are you kidding me?"