On CNN Thursday, late-night host Chris Cuomo tore into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his refusal to condemn President Donald Trump’s conduct on coronavirus — or even his racist use of the term “kung flu.”
“Here is ranking Republican McCarthy, request to a no-brainer question,” said Cuomo. “Here is his response to a question about whether or not it is good for a president to call COVID ‘kung flu.'”
“Do you think that is the most pressing issue you have about the coronavirus?” said McCarthy in the clip, saying the question was “appalling” but not answering it.
“You should get right back to that podium because we know you don’t have the gumption to come on a show like this,” said Cuomo. “You hide. You stay quiet. Big man Mr. McCarthy. Strong leadership. Tells everybody all the time, I’m not afraid of Trump, I’m not afraid of anything. Come on the show and tell me that you’re appalled by questions about ‘kung flu.'”
“I’ll tell you what is appalling,” said Cuomo. “You haven’t said a damn thing about what this president has been misleading America about, and you know it. Think about if it were your daughters. Think about it. Would you want them going with no mask? Would you tell them masks are weakness? Is that what you’re doing for them? How about your parents? How about the vulnerable people in your family? You telling them?”
“You’re not appalled at all,” said Cuomo heatedly. “You ducked the question because you can’t risk your relationship with the president, because he keeps you in power. You fear him. You are one of those politicians that does things out of fear of consequence. You are not about good conscience. Prove me wrong! Show me where you said the president is wrong to talk down about masks, we have to do better, we have to contact trace. Where is it? Where have you said it?”
‘Where were you in April guys?’ Sports columnist shreds GOP senators’ ‘tantrums’ over college football cancellation
A sports columnist on Wednesday hammered Republican lawmakers who are complaining about college football being cancelled even though they spent months doing nothing to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic that so far has killed more than 165,000 Americans.
Appearing on CNN, USA Today's Christine Brennan argued that we could be seeing college football begin right now if public officials had done the necessary work to contain the pandemic earlier this year.
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.