On CNN Saturday, Republican strategist Brian Robinson tried to claim Joe Biden’s pledge to “transition” from oil is a sign he will harm the energy industry — and was promptly swatted down by Democratic counterpart Maria Cardona.
“A gaffe in politics is saying what you really think,” said Robinson. “He wants to have a liberal agenda on energy issues. And he’s got supportive comments of the Green New Deal on his website. So I do think that it’s something we can pin on Democrats, of their lurch to the left of an issue that directly impacts jobs, directly impacts quality of life and the cost of living in our communities.”
“The only daylight that we saw during that debate was between a candidate, Vice President Joe Biden, who believes in climate change and has a real plan to make sure that we have a Planet Earth, clean air and water to have when we are older and when our children are grown, and a candidate and a president currently that does not believe in climate change, that thinks it’s a hoax, and who wants to sell our earth, our clean water and our clean air to his best friend polluters,” shot back Cardona.
“Look, Joe Biden was very clear and his campaign was very clear,” added Cardona. “He is not going to get rid of fossil fuels. He is going to phase out the subsidies that fossil fuels get, and he wants to focus on clean, renewable energy. Look, getting to zero emissions is not a new thing. In fact, George Bush talked about it when he was president in 2006. In fact, every president, Republican and Democrat, has talked about it for the last two decades, except, of course, Donald Trump. So the choice is very clear. If you want somebody who believes in climate change and who, frankly, has a plan in terms of going to renewable energies that will create millions of jobs and protect our planet, that’s Joe Biden, not Donald Trump.”
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."