On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” analyst Gloria Borger slammed President Donald Trump and his top officials for trying to skate responsibility for the president’s own efforts to downplay the coronavirus pandemic for weeks.
“Gloria, when I asked the vice president earlier in the day why it took so long to grasp the severity of this pandemic, the vice president seemed to point the finger at the CDC, at China. He even said it took Dr. Deborah Birx until Friday to give them the latest modeling on the death toll, 100,000 to 240,000,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “What do you make of that kind of spin?”
“I think it’s absurd. I think it’s spin, that’s exactly what it is,” said Borger. “And if the president wasn’t aware of the modeling, why was Sanjay Gupta aware? Why were a lot of doctors that we’ve interviewed on our air aware? Why were scientists all across the country aware of the modeling? This is something that was not kept a secret. It was published. And that’s because, as Sanjay was alluding to before, the administration does have a timing problem. You want to compare the United States to Italy in the sense that we got started late.”
“I refer you back to the end of February when the president was at a campaign rally and was complaining about Democrats overreacting according to him, to the coronavirus, he called it their ‘new hoax,'” continued Borger. “And I’ve got a list of things, you know, January, the president was saying this is totally under control. February 10, we’re in great shape. February 26, we’re going down and not up. And March 10th, saying, just stay calm, it will all go away. Well, that hasn’t happened. And if the president wasn’t aware of the modeling, as the vice president said, I think we can all ask why.”
Republicans are terrified of having to think for themselves once Trump is gone: S.E. Cupp
On CNN Monday, conservative commentator S.E. Cupp argued that GOP lawmakers are not just scared of retribution for not standing with outgoing President Donald Trump; they are also scared of having to define what they stand for as a party without him telling them what to believe.
"For the past four years, we, especially in the media, have heard Republicans in private are XYZ — disgusted, disturbed, troubled — but publicly, very silent, except in these moments where it really doesn't count, where everyone is doing it," said Cupp. "I think, in fact, if I write another book, I will call it 'In private: the great cowardice of Trump's GOP.'"
‘No hands to play’: Harvard Law professor says even competent lawyers wouldn’t have saved Trump’s case
On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe argued that President Donald Trump's legal case to overturn the presidential election results was doomed to fail — even if he had had more knowledgeable and skilled legal counsel.
"Let me ask you about the breaking news from the GSA," said anchor Erin Burnett. "Emily Murphy, Trump appointee, said she was not pressured to do anything. Trump obviously seems to be clearly taking credit, I recommended she do this, I am the one calling the shots. You have been very clear that this withholding of a transition from the GSA and Emily Murphy, as the chief, could have been in violation of federal law. Do you believe any laws were broken in this delay?"
Trump becomes ‘hermit-in-chief’ as he hides from reporters amid election court losses: CNN’s Acosta
On CNN Monday, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down how President Donald Trump's loss is starting to sink in for the president, his advisers, and his party.
"Becoming something of a hermit-in-chief, President Trump steered clear of the cameras yet again and was even unusually silent on social media much of the day, as more top Republicans slam President Trump's legal team for serving up nothingburgers in his quest to upend the 2020 election," said Acosta. "Even though some of the president's advisers urged him to dump attorney Sidney Powell from his legal team, it's unclear whether that will satisfy close allies like former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who are losing patience with Mr. Trump's efforts to cling to power."