On CNN Saturday, historian Douglas Brinkley warned that President Donald Trump’s repeated threats to reject a peaceful transition of power are a national humiliation for America on the world stage.
“I want to point out something that you told The New York Times on the president’s election doubts,” said anchor Christi Paul. “Your quote is, ‘This may be the most damaging thing he’s ever done to American democracy.’ How so?”
“Because our great export in the United States is our free and fair elections,” said Brinkley. “So we tell the rest of the world how to hold them and now here we are in 2020, mayhem about to happen, president of the United States talking about fraudulent ballots, rigged election, I may not leave even if I lose. It makes us look ridiculous the world over. We’ve lost our franchise on free and fair elections. You almost feel like we need a group of nations to monitor our own election, instead of the other way around.”
“It’s a sad sight to watch a president of the United States be that paranoid and insecure because he’s down in the polls by ten points, nine points, doesn’t seem to be getting any momentum — to resort to just trashing the whole democratic electoral system,” added Brinkley.
Trump’s ‘attempted purge’ of late ballots could screw over military voters: CNN’s John Avlon
CNN's John Avlon on Friday explained how President Donald Trump's attempts to stop late-arriving ballots from being counted could screw over the same military voters who largely backed him four years ago.
During one of his "Reality Check" segments, Avlon cited the president's recent remarks about how he hoped the Supreme Court would cut off counting ballots on the day after election day.
"Hopefully, the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to count ballots, that won't be allowed by the various courts," the president said this week.
Avlon, however, argued that this could backfire on the president.
‘I’ve got a jail cell’: Trump and his ‘goons’ threatened with arrest by angry Philly DA if they disrupt Election Day
In a very blunt warning on CNN on Friday morning, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner served notice to Donald Trump that a jail cell awaits him if he keeps encouraging his rabid followers to interfere with voters on Election Day.
Speaking with host Alisyn Camerota, Krasner was asked about a tweet he directed at the president this past week and what message he was trying to send to Trump when he wrote, "I've got something for you."
"That means I've got a jail cell and I've got criminal charges and you can stand in front of a Philadelphia jury, which, by the way, is a diverse jury, and you can explain why you thought it was okay to come to Philly and steal our votes. This is the birthplace of democracy and we are not doing this -- wannabe fascists stay home," Krasner explained.
‘Just incompetent’: CNN doctor reads Trump the riot act after US hits record COVID cases
Novel coronavirus cases in the United States hit a record high on Thursday, as numbers released by the COVID-19 Tracking Project show more than 88,000 new infections.
CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner on Friday slammed President Donald Trump for ignoring the record surge in cases and continuing to insist that America has "rounded the corner" on dealing with the disease.