On CNN Wednesday, anchor John Berman clashed with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro about President Donald Trump’s promotion of a quack doctor who believes people are being sickened by demon sex and modern medicine contains DNA from aliens — and his defense of the discredited hydroxychloroquine protocol to treat COVID-19.
“Peter, let me ask you, what’s your opinion of Dr. Stella Immanuel?” asked Berman.
“I have no opinion,” said Navarro. “I saw the brief, I had no knowledge of her,” replied Navarro.
“Hang on,” said Berman. “The president is promoting Dr. Stella Immanuel and he tweeted out what she said yesterday … she said alien DNA is used in medicine.”
“You’re having fun with this,” said Navarro.
“Oh, god, I’m not having fun with this. I’m deadly serious,” said Berman. “My question is, why lean on Stella Immanuel to make a medical point?”
“So, look, my mission here is to help the president save lives and create jobs,” said Navarro. “This issue of hydroxychloroquine, what the president was talking about, I thought he did it in a very sophisticated way yesterday because he pointed out that it’s only efficacious in early treatment. I would suggest, don’t believe me, don’t believe Dr. Fauci, bring on William O’Neill.”
“He didn’t quote Dr. O’Neill. He didn’t quote Dr. Risch at Yale. He did talk about Stella Immanuel,” said Berman. “He talked about this doctor who promotes demon seed.”
“I know nothing about her,” said Navarro. “If you want to use me as a prop to kind of play her clips — because I have got stuff to talk about to you.” Navarro then went on to say that “I stand by” the benefits of hydroxychloroquine — a drug that has been shown to have no clinical benefit with COVID-19 patients and cause life-threatening side effects — and added “I’m sitting on millions of doses of it.” The segment devolved into an argument with Berman enumerating all of the medical evidence against Navarro’s position.
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."