Marco Rubio: It’s Worth Blowing Up Relationship With Saudi Arabia Over Human Rights

Sen. Marco Rubio spoke out against Saudi Arabia’s alleged killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi on CNN Tuesday and held that human rights are more important than U.S. relations with the Gulf nation. Trump has framed his reluctance to strongly condemn Saudi Arabia around his fears of jeopardizing arms deals with the country, totaling at least $9 billion since 2013. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota noted Trump’s concerns about the arms deals and added that Rubio himself sees Saudi Arabia as a valuable hedge against Iran’s influence in the Middle East. “Is one journalist’s gruesome murder enough to blow all of that up?” she asked. “Well, I can tell you that human rights is worth blowing that up,” Rubio replied. “And luring someone into a consulate where they’re murdered, dismembered and disposed of is a big deal. By the way, this happens to be a green card holder of Continue reading "Marco Rubio: It’s Worth Blowing Up Relationship With Saudi Arabia Over Human Rights"

CNN Panel of Regretful Trump Voters Shred ‘Dictator in the White House’: ‘Don’t Know Where the Bottom Is’

CNN is back with one of their always amazing voter panels, this time stocked with a half-dozen independent voters — five of whom voted from President Donald Trump in 2016. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked the voters what they thought of Trump ahead of the 2018 midterms. The panel kicked off with this quite stunning exchange between Camerota and Trump voter Anthony Miles:
Camerota: Anthony, how are you feeling?
Miles: Afraid.
Camerota: Of what?
Miles: The dictator in the White House. He has no empathy for anything. He will never admit when he makes a mistake.
There you have it. Miles went on to say that he thought Trump would clean up Washington, but “all he’s done is surrounded himself with crooks.” “The divisiveness in this country right now, and the rhetoric coming from the president, is a daily exhausting thing,” said Sydney Cohan, another regretful Trump voter. Continue reading "CNN Panel of Regretful Trump Voters Shred ‘Dictator in the White House’: ‘Don’t Know Where the Bottom Is’"

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota: I’m ‘Concerned’ About Kanye After Pro-Trump SNL Rant

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota said she is “concerned” about the rapper Kanye West after his pro-Trump rant after his performence on Saturday Night Live. “I think [his rants are] a little bit uncomfortable, I just am wondering if it’s time to start worrying about Kanye because he does go on, sometimes, nonsensical rants,” the New Day co-host said. “He has taken a break for some stress related issues, so I’m concerned.” In 2016, the artist cancelled part of his Saint Pablo tour after being hospitalized over concerns for his well-being. Camerota’s co-host John Berman noted that the SNL cast members watching West’s pro-Trump rant did not have a “warm” body language toward the rapper. “The president obviously loved it,” Berman added. “I look at it as yet another entertainer deciding to get political on company time.” President Donald Trump did give West a Twitter shoutout, writing, “Like many, Continue reading "CNN’s Alisyn Camerota: I’m ‘Concerned’ About Kanye After Pro-Trump SNL Rant"

Toobin: If a Woman Behaved Like Brett Kavanaugh, ‘They’d Probably Put a Net Over Her’

The appearance of a double standard for judicial behavior is at issue this morning, given the angry moments that embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh displayed before the Senate Judiciary Committee during Thursday’s hearing. CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin put a fine point at where we now stand in the confirmation hearings noting that Thursday was in some sense transcendent as it moved the conversation surrounding the confirmation vote from Roe vs Wade to his judicial temperament. Toobin opined “It’s like a more holistic evaluation of his qualifications, including his performance at the hearing, just the way he behaved in the way of judicial temperament, and that should all figure in, not just did he lie about drinking at Yale.” New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota then cited the American Bar Association’s guidelines of impartiality suggesting that Kavanaugh’s overtly political allegations  (blaming the Clintons?) under testimony might be disqualifying. “There’s that” Continue reading "Toobin: If a Woman Behaved Like Brett Kavanaugh, ‘They’d Probably Put a Net Over Her’"

Avenatti Dismisses Report on Client’s Ex-Boyfriend: ‘This is the Best the Far Right Can Do?’

On CNN’s New Day on Thursday, lawyer Michael Avenatti dismissed claims from ex-boyfriend of his client, Julie Swetnick, which characterize her as revenge-seeking and not credible. The ex-boyfriend’s comment is from a Politico interview after it was revealed he’d filed a restraining order against Swetnick in the past. Host Alisyn Camerota, in the clip above, read the quote to Avenatti. “We’re in the business of more information is better. So it’s not about character assassination, it’s about painting a full picture,” said Camerota. “The guy who she was dating, her ex-boyfriend, gave this statement to Politico who says: ‘Right after I broke up with her, she was threatening my family, threatening my wife, threatening to do harm to my baby at that time. I know a lot about her and she’s not credible at all. Not at all.'” “Does that give you any pause, Michael?” “No, it Continue reading "Avenatti Dismisses Report on Client’s Ex-Boyfriend: ‘This is the Best the Far Right Can Do?’"

CNN Hosts Panel of Women Who Voted Trump: Not A ‘Respectful, Pro-Woman Kind of Man’

CNN held one of their “pulse of the people” panels on Tuesday, so there was plenty of interesting commentary on how the voters are feeling at this point in time about the political state of the country. The panel consisted entirely of women who voted for President Trump in 2016, though half of them regret their decision. Panelist Nell Justiliano held regrets despite Trump’s impact on the economy and as a change agent, and Annie Anthony said she hopes that Trump’s Supreme Court picks make her vote for him worth it. Amelia Kennedy continues to stand by Trump due to his support for faith-based communities, just as Ruth Birchett does because of how Trump counteracts Democratic local politics. Ally Bross got in next, critiquing Trump for his “disrespectful” conduct, not being pro-women, and also for cozying up to Vladimir Putin when he’s supposed to be focusing on national security. In Continue reading "CNN Hosts Panel of Women Who Voted Trump: Not A ‘Respectful, Pro-Woman Kind of Man’"

CNN’s Camerota Smacks Trump’s Puerto Rico Claims: They Didn’t ‘Die of Old Age, They Died of Neglect’

On Thursday, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota joined the chorus of critics pushing back on Donald Trump‘s claim that the Hurricane Maria body count in Puerto Rico was manufactured by Democrats. Camerota spoke to reporter Abby Phillips as she covered Trump’s newest tweets where he not only rejected the reports saying almost 3,000 Puerto Ricans died because of the storm, he also accused Democrats of coming up with that estimate “to make me look as bad as possible.” Since Trump accused Democrats of inflating the death toll by including Puerto Ricans who died of old age and other causes unrelated to Maria, Camerota took that idea and raked it across the coals.
“We need to deal with the facts, which is these 2,975 people did not die of old age. That is not true. They did not die of old age, they died of neglect. They would be alive today Continue reading "CNN’s Camerota Smacks Trump’s Puerto Rico Claims: They Didn’t ‘Die of Old Age, They Died of Neglect’"