On CNN Thursday, former Jeb Bush strategist Tim Miller, a Never Trump conservative, warned there may be no way out for Republicans who have stuck by President Donald Trump and tied their political fortunes to him.
“I imagine … discussions taking place with the pandemic where it is, which is bad, but it’s also getting worse,” said anchor John Berman. “So what do the consultants do or think about if this situation continues to get worse? How do you run on a situation even worse than this in October or November?”
“Maybe from lack of imagination, but, you know, I’m not sure that that’s the case. You know, it’s always darkest before completely black, as John McCain would say,” said Miller. “I think these guys are stuck with him. You know, at this point they’re pregnant, you know, they’re past pregnant, you know? Their Trump kid is now running around as a toddler right now.”
“They don’t have any way out,” said Miller. “What am I going to do in September after my candidate said nothing during Charlottesville, they said nothing when he’s gassing protesters, said nothing about his mishandling of the pandemic, I’m going to come out? That’s going to seem disingenuous. I think the view is these folks are stuck with them, with individual candidates who have their own personal brands, you know, and trust with voters. But, man, those are few and far between these days.”
CNN shows damning supercut of Trump’s failed COVID predictions as US passes 5 million infections
The United States now has more than 5 million novel coronavirus infections -- and President Donald Trump is still insisting, as he has for months, that the situation is totally under control.
CNN on Monday played a damning supercut of Trump's failed predictions about the coronavirus pandemic, starting as far back as January when he told CNBC that "it's one person coming in from China and we have it under control, it's going to be just fine."
"5 million is not just fine," interjected host John Berman. "And it's 5 million more than the close to zero the president promised in March."
‘The hydroxychloroquine of economic policy’: Krugman warns ‘greater recession’ could come from Trump’s stimulus
Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman explained that the things President Donald Trump did on Saturday would provide little help to Americans desperate to survive amid a worse recession since the Great Depression.
Amid the coronavirus crisis, the U.S. entered another recession, and jobs were lost so quickly by the shutdown that the unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent. In the 2007-2008 recession, the rate tapped out at 10 percent. The highest U.S. unemployment rate was 24.9 percent in 1933 during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.
"This new thing, what it is, is both limited and it calls for a new program," said Krugman about Trump's proposal. "It calls for complicated actions from the states. More money. And one thing we learned it's that our unemployment insurance system in this country is not designed to do complicated things. The virtue of the last round was that it was very, very simple. Just $600 a month and even so, a lot of people took a long, long time before they got those benefits."
‘Sounds like he’s not getting the job done’: Acosta hammers Trump aide for being a ‘dealmaker’ who can’t make a deal
President Donald Trump's campaign aide Jason Miller told Congress that they need to get back to Washington to pass a stimulus package. The comment came as Trump was spending his weekend in Bedminster, New Jersey, golfing at his resort. Meanwhile, Trump's campaign seems to also be off message about the president's executive orders, revealing that apparently, they didn't work because a stimulus is still needed.
CNN's Jim Acosta probed Miller on how Trump could claim to be a "dealmaker" and so brilliant at making deals if he can't even manage to make a deal with Congress on the COVID-19 stimulus package.