On CNN Thursday, anchor Jake Tapper and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti demolished the claim from right-wing pundits that the novel coronavirus is better understood as a problem for Democratic states than for America as a whole.
“For anybody listening, out there, to say I’m different from the smallest town: No matter where you are, this is coming to you,” said Garcetti. “Everybody is the new whatever the worst city is right now, and take all the measures you can now to make sure people are home.”
“Well, you know, you say that, I’ve heard some partisan morons talk about how it’s only affecting blue states,” said Tapper. “This is a nationwide crisis, and what happens in Los Angeles — and by the way, there are Trump supporters in Los Angeles — it’s going to go to Sacramento, it’s going to go to Arizona, it’s going to go everywhere in this country.”
“That’s right,” said Garcetti. “Iran was the new China. Italy the new Iran. Spain the new Italy. New York is new Spain, Los Angeles may become the new New York. It’s going to be in Topeka. It’s going to be in Atlanta. It’s going to be in Louisville. It’s already there. And so the best thing all of us can do as local officials, while we push hard for national leadership, is to bring together all of the love and resources we have here locally.”
’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team
On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.
"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."
Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.
Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.