At Wednesday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany cast President Donald Trump as a civil rights president.
“There are injustices that we have seen, clearly. That tape of George Floyd was inexcusable, gut-wrenching, difficult to watch,” said McEnany. “We recognize those injustices … but this president knows fundamentally that most police officers are good.”
Asked whether Trump intends to take any action on police violence, McEnany said, “this president has done a whole lot more than Democrats have ever done when it comes to rectifying injustices.”
Democrats were uniformly in control of Congress and the White House during the bipartisan passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act, among other landmark legislation. Trump has also presided over some modest reforms of the criminal justice system, most notably the FIRST STEP Act; however, his administration has also rolled back a number of other policies including reform of forensic science, housing discrimination law, restrictions on police militarization, and the rights of campus sexual assault survivors.
Ex-Trump staffer says conservative media ‘brainwashed’ her into hating Democrats
On CNN Wednesday, Jessica Denson, the former coordinator of the Trump 2016 campaign's Hispanic outreach who starred in a recent ad for Joe Biden, opened up about how she was taken in by the Trump campaign — and why he must be defeated.
"My motive to go and help that campaign and be of service to the American people was sabotaged, and I've seen my experience repeated in the experience of one public servant after another over the past four years," said Denson, who spearheaded a lawsuit to free former Trump campaign officials from nondisclosure agreements. "I have seen that this campaign continues to go out brandishing a Bible and an American flag and claiming that they have anything to do with freedom, but I've lived first-hand that they have nothing to do with freedom. They have worked very much against free speech and democracy."
Jared Kushner is ‘infantilizing the president’ in new Bob Woodward audio tapes: CNN host
White House advisor Jared Kushner was "infantilizing" President Donald Trump during comments he made to journalist Bob Woodward in April, CNN host Brianna Keilar said Wednesday.
In an audio recording released by CNN, Kushner tells Woodward that "the most dangerous people around the president are over-confident idiots" because they can get past Trump’s “defense mechanisms.” He added that those advisors had been replaced with "more thoughtful people who kind of know their place."
CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel said the clip revealed two important things about Trump.
‘He seems to really like dictators’: Former GOP voter explains how Trump pushed him out of the party
A former lifelong Republican told CNN this week that he's been so displeased with President Donald Trump's performance that he's no longer a member of the Republican Party.
During a CNN voter roundtable, a man named Dale explained that the GOP's embrace of ignorance and misinformation under the president had really soured his opinion on the entire party.
"When I joined the Republican Party, when I turned 18 years old... it was known as the party of ideas, it was a party of pragmatism, it was a party of logic," he said. "It seemed like those ideals are becoming further and further away from the party that I had joined."