CNN Debate Derails After Trump Surrogate Steve Cortes Claims Mueller Probe is Part of the Swamp


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During a National Review podcast interview in April, CNN host Don Lemon said he “absolutely” thinks that some pro-Donald Trump guests who appear on his network do not believe what they’re saying on the air. After a New Day segment full of loony assertions, it’s hard to imagine Steve Cortes doesn’t belong in that category. Cortes, the former head of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council, took the CNN morning show off the rails Friday when he made the claim that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is actually part of the “swamp’s” effort to undercut the president’s election. “What the swamp is doing — and it’s very good at this — is it is mounting a massive campaign via the Mueller probe and via media to try to undermine our 2016 victory,” Cortes said. “Because the swamp is powerful, and it wants to reassert itself, and many Republicans are complicit in Continue reading "CNN Debate Derails After Trump Surrogate Steve Cortes Claims Mueller Probe is Part of the Swamp"

CNN’s New Day Openly Mocks Trump’s Distancing from Michael Cohen: ‘Barely Knew the Guy!’


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This morning the cable news world has a lot to work with given Fox & Friends exclusive interview with President Donald Trump taped just a day after his former campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty for bank and tax fraud, and his former lawyer Michael Cohen pled guilty to breaking campaign finance laws and directly implicating Trump. CNN’s New Day, which can fairly be described as a morning show that, while occasionally featuring pro-Trump voices, presents a consistently skeptical approach to the Trump administration. A good example of that skepticism is their reaction to a clip from the aforementioned Fox News interview, in which President Trump seemed to dismiss the role that Cohen played in the Trump Org. The deeply cynical ploy to belittle Cohen’s standing with Trump (now that he’s pled guilty) drew open mockery and doubled over laughing by hosts Alysin Camerota, John Berman, Continue reading "CNN’s New Day Openly Mocks Trump’s Distancing from Michael Cohen: ‘Barely Knew the Guy!’"

Alisyn Camerota Clashes With Matt Schlapp: You’re Doing ‘Fancy Rhetorical Footwork’ to Defend Trump


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President Donald Trump‘s friends were hard to come by on cable news Wednesday morning — less than 24 hours after the guilty plea by his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, and the guilty verdict against his campaign chairman Paul Manafort. But ever-loyal, Matt Schlapp — chairman of the American Conservative Union — went to bat for his president Wednesday. Appearing on CNN’s New Day for a chat with Alisyn Camerota, Schlapp tried to write off Cohen’s plea deal as totally no biggie. “I believe that Michael Cohen pled guilty to actions that are called crimes in the plea deal, that aren’t in fact crimes,” Schlapp said. “Alisyn, can you name any other person in this country who has been convicted of trying to squelch a story in the National Enquirer?” Camerota wasn’t buying any of it. “What I think you’re doing is a lot of fancy rhetorical Continue reading "Alisyn Camerota Clashes With Matt Schlapp: You’re Doing ‘Fancy Rhetorical Footwork’ to Defend Trump"

MI Democrat Nominee: I Will ‘Probably Not’ Support Pelosi, She Doesn’t Speak to my District’s Issues


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Democratic congressional nominee for Michigan Rashida Tlaib has become the latest left-leaning political figure to say she will not support a bid to make Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Speaker of the House again. When Tlaib spoke to John Berman on Thursday for CNN’s New Day, she told him she would “probably not” vote for Pelosi because “I need someone who is connected with the different levels of poverty going on” in her district. Tlaib continued to say Pelosi’s “troubling” support of big banks wouldn’t put her people first, so Berman asked if she thought Pelosi is a “Democratic sellout.” “I don’t know,” Tlaib said. “All I can tell you is she doesn’t speak about the issues that are important to the Continue reading "MI Democrat Nominee: I Will ‘Probably Not’ Support Pelosi, She Doesn’t Speak to my District’s Issues"

Trump Weighs in on Morning Ratings War: Fox & Friends ‘Blowing’ Away ‘Dead Show’ Morning Joe, CNN’s New Day


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President Donald Trump, as is well known, watches a colossal quantity of television. And since his years as the star of a hit reality TV show, he cares a great deal about ratings. On Thursday, Trump weighed in on the contentious morning ratings battle. “Wow, @foxandfriends is blowing away the competition in the morning ratings,” Trump tweeted. “Morning Joe is a dead show with very few people watching and sadly, Fake News CNN is also doing poorly. Too much hate and inaccurately reported stories – too predictable!” Ratings-wise, the president is correct. In the newly released Nielsen ratings for Continue reading "Trump Weighs in on Morning Ratings War: Fox & Friends ‘Blowing’ Away ‘Dead Show’ Morning Joe, CNN’s New Day"

Rudy Giuliani Appears on Both CNN and Fox News to Claim Collusion Isn’t A Crime


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The tune, she has changed. President Donald Trump‘s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, went on both Fox & Friends and New Day to tell the American people that there was no collus– no wait, that was an old script – to tell the American people that he’s not sure collusion is a crime. That would seem to indicate that Trump maybe, you know, did collude with Russians, and that Giuliani is now saying: it doesn’t really matter. Speaking to a nonplussed Alisyn Camerota on New Day, Giuliani said: “I don’t even know if that’s a crime, colluding about Russians. You start analyzing the crime. The hacking is the crime. … The President didn’t hack.” “That certainly is the original crime,” Camerota replied dryly.

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CNN Echoes NY Times Publisher on Dangers of Trump’s Press Rhetoric: Rally-Goers ‘Receptive’ to Violent Language


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Many journalists agree with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger‘s assessment in his meeting with President Donald Trump that the president’s rhetoric about journalists is harmful and dangerous, and a panel on CNN’s New Day helped to explain why. “Nobody quite knows when the rhetoric becomes an excuse for somebody,” Washington Post Congressional Reporter Karoun Demirjian said, mentioning the massacre of journalists in Annapolis. “It’s not completely out of the realm of possibility that people take physical action to harm and kill members of the press.” “I guess I would add to your publisher with one other beat. I’m not just concerned that the president described the media as the enemy of the people, I’m really concerned that there’s such a reservoir of support for that sentiment in the country,” CNN Political Analyst David Gregory, filling in for John Berman, noted. “There are people out Continue reading "CNN Echoes NY Times Publisher on Dangers of Trump’s Press Rhetoric: Rally-Goers ‘Receptive’ to Violent Language"

CNN’s New Day Warns of ‘Orwellian’ Change of WH Putin Transcript: Not Fooling Anyone But Fox News Viewers


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CNN’s New Day covered a grave development in the Trump-Putin press conference mess: the White House’s official transcript of the presser omitted a crucial line about the Russian president declaring he wanted Trump to win the 2016 election. During the presser, a reporter asked Vladimir Putin if he wanted Trump to win in 2016, and if he directed any of his officials to help him do that. “Yes I did,” Putin replied. “Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal.” The White House deleted that question from the official transcript. “They have changed reality,” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota said gravely. “You’ve been talking about how Orwellian this is, and I think that’s the right word,” conservative commentator Max Boot said. “[He’s] re-writing the past. Now of course he’s doing it in such a ham-handed and ridiculous way. I really don’t know who they think they’re Continue reading "CNN’s New Day Warns of ‘Orwellian’ Change of WH Putin Transcript: Not Fooling Anyone But Fox News Viewers"

CNN’s Camerota Battles Michael Caputo on Trump’s ‘Blame America Tour’: Why Did He Insult the US?


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Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo faced a lengthy grilling from CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on New Day Monday morning, over everything from the president’s “blame America tour” to the FISA warrant obtained to surveil Carter Page. Caputo started off by pointing out that Trump’s Helsinki disaster “is one of those rare occasions where I break with the president,” before blaming Trump’s “opposition” for his inability to condemn Russia. Camerota pointed out that Trump “insulted the U.S. on the world stage as he stood next to Vladimir Putin,” and Caputo argued that the president was merely “expressing his distrust for the American intelligence organizations that tried to stop him from being president, and are trying to remove him today.” Caputo tried to steer the conversation to the FISA warrant applications to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, but Camerota pushed back. “You’re not answering my question,” she said. “Why did Continue reading "CNN’s Camerota Battles Michael Caputo on Trump’s ‘Blame America Tour’: Why Did He Insult the US?"

CNN’s New Day Takes on Trump’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Iran Threat: ‘When He’s Embarrassed’ He ‘Looks For a Distraction’


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As CNN’s New Day covered President Donald Trump‘s explosive late-night tweet threatening Iran, the morning show concluded: this is a means to distract from his terrible week. Trump issued this dire threat to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani late Sunday night: New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota pointed out that Trump predicted multiple times during the Obama presidency that the former president would attack Iran to help him politically. “Is this a distraction of some kind?” she asked guest Max Boot. The conservative writer said Trump is a “master of distraction,” and that if any other Continue reading "CNN’s New Day Takes on Trump’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Iran Threat: ‘When He’s Embarrassed’ He ‘Looks For a Distraction’"

Republican Congressman Asks Why We Can’t Call Women Sluts Anymore


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Rep. Jason Louis (R-MN), a great philosopher for our time. “You’re welcome, America, for what you’re about to hear,” Alisyn Camerota began sarcastically, explaining that the investigative team at CNN’s New Day unearthed a portion of a radio show from March 2012 in which Louis wondered why it’s not a thing for women to be called sluts nowadays. Here’s what he said:
“Well the thing is, can we call anybody a slut? This is what begs the question… Does a woman now have the right to behave – and I know there’s a double standard between the way men chase women and, you know, running around, you know – I’m not going to get there but you know what I’m talking about. But it used to be that women were held to a little bit of a higher standard. We required modesty from women. Now, are we beyond those days
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CNN Panel Tears Into Maxine Waters For ‘Outrageous’ Rhetoric: Stoking ‘Mob Mentality on the Left’


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CNN’s New Day was unanimous in its condemnation of Rep. Maxine Waters Monday, who said at a rally over the weekend that Trump officials who continue to defend the president are going to face harassment in public. The California Democrat said at a rally that these officials are “not going to be able to go to a restaurant, stop at a gas station, shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them, they’re going to protest, they’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president: ‘No … this is wrong, this is unconscionable; we can’t keep doing this to children.’” RealClearPolitics editor A.B. Stoddard kicked off the CNN panel by pointing out that Waters is set to take over a highly important position in the House as chair of the Financial Services Committee — and “she’s doing Continue reading "CNN Panel Tears Into Maxine Waters For ‘Outrageous’ Rhetoric: Stoking ‘Mob Mentality on the Left’"

CNN Panel Tears Into Maxine Waters For ‘Outrageous’ Rhetoric: Stoking ‘Mob Mentality on the Left’


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CNN’s New Day was unanimous in its condemnation of Rep. Maxine Waters Monday, who said at a rally over the weekend that Trump officials who continue to defend the president are going to face harassment in public. The California Democrat said at a rally that these officials are “not going to be able to go to a restaurant, stop at a gas station, shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them, they’re going to protest, they’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president: ‘No … this is wrong, this is unconscionable; we can’t keep doing this to children.’” RealClearPolitics editor A.B. Stoddard kicked off the CNN panel by pointing out that Waters is set to take over a highly important position in the House as chair of the Financial Services Committee — and “she’s doing Continue reading "CNN Panel Tears Into Maxine Waters For ‘Outrageous’ Rhetoric: Stoking ‘Mob Mentality on the Left’"

Anthony Scaramucci Rips ‘Atrocious’ Border Separation Policy: ‘We All Know’ Trump Can Change It


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Anthony Scaramucci appeared on CNN Monday morning and gave a candid interview in which he bashed the Trump administration policy of separating child migrants from their families at the U.S. southern border. Scaramucci, a Trump adviser who served briefly as White House communications director, kicked off the interview on New Day by saying: “I think the president should stop it.” “Aside from which it’s inhumane and its cruel, I think he needs to step back, stop listening his aides and his advisers,” Scaramucci said, likely referring to White House immigration hardliners Stephen Miller and John Kelly. “He’s got to step in there and end this thing because I think it’s an atrocious policy, it’s inhumane, it’s offensive to the average American,” Scaramucci continued. “It does not represent American values.” Scaramucci went on to argue that the optics of the policy aren’t good for Republican chances in the Continue reading "Anthony Scaramucci Rips ‘Atrocious’ Border Separation Policy: ‘We All Know’ Trump Can Change It"

Former CIA Director: Attacking Canada Before NoKo Summit Makes Trump Look ‘Unstable, Erratic and Thin Skinned’


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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden was dismayed by the Trump administration’s decision to trash Justin Trudeau and Canada on his way to the summit with North Korea, saying the move had the opposite effect of its intention to make the president look tough. Trump upended the agreement reached by allies at the G-7 after leaving the conference, trashing Canada’s prime minister in scathing tweets. On the Sunday shows, his advisers followed suit with bizarrely acrimonious rhetoric: Larry Kudlow said Trudeau “stabbed us in the back” and Peter Navarro said there’s “a special place in hell” for the allied leader. Hayden said he reacted to the attacks with “a mixture of sadness and, frankly, anger because no country deserves to be treated that way.” “Certainly having officials in one government criticize the head of government in another country, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before, and for god sake, Continue reading "Former CIA Director: Attacking Canada Before NoKo Summit Makes Trump Look ‘Unstable, Erratic and Thin Skinned’"

Art of the Deal Co-Author Tony Schwartz: Donald Trump is ‘Mentally Ill’


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Tony Schwartz, the co-author the Donald Trump‘s famed book The Art of The Deal, assessed the president’s prospects at the upcoming summit with North Korea on New Day, and came to a troubling conclusion: he is “mentally ill.” Schwartz was on to analyze the president in the wake of his decision to upend the two days of diplomacy with allies at the G7 over the weekend, and made the bold declaration based on his decades of observing Trump. “He is under a severe a lot of stress,” Schwartz explained. “I’m going to say it very bluntly: He’s mentally ill.” “This is a man — and I understand I’m not a psychiatrist — but he’s prima facia mentally ill. He has a personality disorder. That means on its face this is a man who is unstable, who doesn’t think clearly and now has narrowed his Continue reading "Art of the Deal Co-Author Tony Schwartz: Donald Trump is ‘Mentally Ill’"

CNN’s New Day Reminds Rudy Giuliani When He ‘Publicly Humiliated His Wife’ After Lawyer Smears Stormy


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Rudy Giuliani made some pretty horrific comments yesterday that sort of went under the radar, given all the other insane stuff the lawyer said on his whirlwind tour of Tel Aviv. Giuliani said he doesn’t “respect” Stormy Daniels, the porn star Trump claims he definitely didn’t have an affair with. Rudy, the thrice married former mayor, who once had sex with his cousin for 14 years straight, went on to say that Stormy Daniels can’t be “damaged” because she has “no reputation.” CNN’s New Day responded to that hypocrisy on Thursday morning, also pointing out that Giuliani’s client Donald Trump is not exactly a paragon of virtue. CNN political analyst Kristen Powers called Giuliani a “dinosaur,” noting his comments are “the way people used to talk about women” who were porn stars or prostitutes. “It’s so antiquated and outdated. It was unacceptable then, it’s unacceptable now.” “Rudy Continue reading "CNN’s New Day Reminds Rudy Giuliani When He ‘Publicly Humiliated His Wife’ After Lawyer Smears Stormy"

Kellyanne Conway Stumbles When Pressed About Why WH Aide Who Made McCain Joke Was Fired


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Kelly Sadler — the White House aide who made a joke in private that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) doesn’t matter because he’s “dying anyway” — was let go from President Donald Trump‘s administration on Tuesday. But apparently, she’s still welcome to apply for other White House gigs. That’s the word from White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway — who appeared Wednesday on CNN’s New Day. In an interview with John Berman, Conway stated that other administration jobs are “open” to Sadler. “Yes. There are other administration jobs open to her, and to others that would like to interview for those jobs.” Conway said. “They should definitely submit their credentials.” Berman seized on that remark. “So, in your mind, the comments she made about John McCain would not be disqualifying for another administration job?” Berman asked. According to reports, she was not let go because of her Continue reading "Kellyanne Conway Stumbles When Pressed About Why WH Aide Who Made McCain Joke Was Fired"

WATCH: Dinesh D’Souza Chokes After CNN’s Camerota Nails Him on Trump-Obama Double Standard


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Conservative filmmaker turned Internet troll Dinesh D’Souza continued his victory lap on Tuesday after he was pardoned by President Donald Trump for a felony campaign finance violation — where he was confronted by CNN host Alisyn Camerota for some of his more controversial tweets. Pointing out that D’Souza said that Trump pardoned him so he could be a voice for his principles, Camerota brought up his old tweets with “racist overtones,” including one in which he called Obama’s father “a philandering, inebriated African socialist.” “I’m confused, what are the principles that you are hoping to be able to talk about now and spread?” Camerota asked. “Obama’s father was a philandering, inebriated African socialist as a matter of fact,” D’Souza replied. “Are you anti-philandering?” Camerota shot back. After a pause, D’Souza protested, “look I’m not talking about this.” Camerota again pressed the commentator if he was anti-philandering, Continue reading "WATCH: Dinesh D’Souza Chokes After CNN’s Camerota Nails Him on Trump-Obama Double Standard"

CNN’s New Day Rips Sarah Sanders For Spreading ‘Lies’: She’s Useless Now


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The White House press shop found itself in hot water this week after it was reported Trump’s legal team is claiming the president dictated Don Jr.‘s statement on his infamous Trump Tower meeting last year. That news comes despite both Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claiming previously that Trump had no part in Don Jr.’s statement, which stated the meeting with Russians was to discuss adoption policy. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota first called out Sanders for making “a false statement from the podium,” playing a clip of the press secretary refusing to answer questions on the discrepancy on Monday. Joe Lockhart, former press secretary for Bill Clinton, put it starkly: “She doesn’t have any usefulness now.” “She either can’t trust the president and her colleagues or she can’t tell the truth,” he added. “There’s no way forward here for her.” “Maybe Continue reading "CNN’s New Day Rips Sarah Sanders For Spreading ‘Lies’: She’s Useless Now"