On Saturday, CNN analyst Alex Burns described how Republicans have given up on trying to get President Donald Trump to stay on message, and are just hoping he doesn’t actively work against them.
“So do we know anything about what is happening behind the scenes, his speechwriters, people, is there anybody trying to change the narrative for him and maybe he’s just not listening?” asked anchor Christi Paul. “Because I think it is hard for people to understand the kind of support he has behind the scenes.”
“Well, my understanding from my reporting is that, yes, there are people who have consistently tried to nudge him more in the direction of talking about the economy, generally, and signs of the economy that it may be recovering, although the signs are not as encouraging now as it might have been two or three months ago because of the surge in the coronavirus pandemic,” said Burns. “But a lot of Republicans that I talked to at this point and they felt this way for a couple of weeks now, have sort of reached the acceptance stage of the President Trump experience in this campaign. Just feeling like, he’s going to do what he’s going to do and they just need to kind of run their own races and try to sort of grit their teeth and get through this and hope that he does not sort of sabotage himself even more dramatically than he has before election day.”
“I don’t want to overstate the optimism on the Republican side that this is possible,” added Burns. “But the people in a position to call him up on stage are aggressive intervention [sic]. My understanding is, they’ve reached the conclusion there is no chance that would be successful and it is not worth the try.”
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."