On Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” White House reporter Kaitlan Collins dissected the political danger of President Donald Trump’s continual lies about voter fraud and mail-in ballots, and threat to delay the election.
“It sounds like he’s heard that reaction on Capitol Hill from people that are normally his allies, being pretty blunt, saying that’s not going to happen, the election is going to happen November 3rd,” said Collins. “When he was asked to explain that tweet that he sent this morning, he started to talk on having to wait to find out who won the election, if there is mail-in voting, talking how long it would take to tally votes, go through ballots. That’s the argument he stayed on as he talked with reporters, instead of defending his tweets.”
“He is trying to sow doubt on mail-in voting, even though more officials are turning to that in case the pandemic is raging like it is now,” said Collins. “It makes me think of Republicans that say they fear the president will sow so much doubt that when that does happen, it hurts Republican turnout because it is not as many Republican voters sending in a mail-in ballot.”
‘He’s violating us’: Cuomo tears into Trump for lying that children are ‘almost immune’ to COVID-19
On CNN Wednesday, anchor Chris Cuomo lost his temper over President Donald Trump's false claim that children are "almost immune" to COVID-19 on Fox News in the morning.
"I know for a fact he knows not to say what he's saying to you right there," said Cuomo, himself a COVID-19 survivor. "And with our kids. Children have died from this virus. Do they usually? No. Do they die the way adults do? No, but that's not the point. They are not immune. They get sick and infected. They generally have lighter or no symptoms, but after age 10, the best research we have at this point tells us they are just as likely to spread coronavirus as anyone else. And he knows it. I know he was told that. It is the best reckoning by his own task force."
‘You’re an economist, not a scientist’: CNN’s Burnett slams Trump trade adviser for promoting discredited COVID-19 treatment
On Wednesday, CNN's Erin Burnett clashed with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who once again made unproven claims about the discredited treatment of COVID-19 with the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.
"Look, Tony [Fauci] is a great guy, right? There's just disagreements," said Navarro. "And on things like, for example, the hydroxychloroquine, he has a strong point of view. There's as many doctors on the other side."
"But there aren't. But there aren't as many doctors on the other side," said Burnett. "Peter, first of all, you're an economist, not a scientist ... there's many millions of doctors in this country, there's five peer reviewed studies that show it not to be true, there's Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci."
Trump wants to ‘pick and choose’ which states can use mail-in voting based on partisan loyalty: CNN’s Acosta
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta tore into the inconsistencies in President Donald Trump's crusade against voting by mail.
"At the very beginning of this briefing ... he was challenged on the statements he continues to make about the safety of mail-in balloting, the security of mail-in balloting," said Acosta. "The president continuing to try to paint this picture that you'll have massive fraud across the country and ... he is taking exception to how they're doing things in Nevada while supporting mail-in voting in Florida."