Tuesday marked the second edition of Chris Cuomo’s new show, Cuomo Prime Time. It’s quickly becoming clear that the show will just be another platform for liberal anger on CNN. Anthony Scaramucci, former White House Press Secretary, joined Cuomo for a discussion about Donald Trump rescinding the invitation of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to visit the White House. Scaramucci took the opportunity to call out Cuomo for not highlighting President Trump’s recent and meaningful victories.
Cuomo began by attacking Trump’s character: “Does this president ever have to be a better man? Does he ever have to rise above any perceived indignity?” The ex-White House aide responded with a statistic from a NewsBusters’ study on how much of the press coverage on Donald Trump is negative:
But here's the problem with the whole narrative. He is taking in 93, 90% enemy incoming constant barrage of attacks, barrage of criticisms, we don't give him credit on anything. He's about to meet the North Korean president. He's working on the Middle East. The economy is rising. So let's talk about real economic data. We have the lowest African-American, Hispanic unemployment in the history of those numbers.
Cuomo refused to acknowledge the positive jobs numbers and shrinking unemployment. Instead, he switched to accusing Trump of “trying to divide the country,” though conceding that if peace was achieved on the Korean Peninsula it would be Nobel Prize worthy.
Scaramucci doubled down on the unfair media coverage, reiterating the 90% statistic. Cuomo refused to budge from the anthem topic:
Truth is not about psychiatry. It's about facts and respect. It is not about personality. It's whether he tells the truth. I don't care about his personality. I care whether he tells the truth to the American people on the matters that are important. That's not psychology.
Ironic that Cuomo does not care about personality when he opened his discussion with attacks on Trump’s character. CNN had the opportunity to switch from their massive amount of coverage on the Eagles and highlight the good happening in America, and yet they refused. I suppose they needed to keep their 90 percent negative press score.
Read the full transcript from June 5 below:
Cuomo Prime Time
9:11:31 PM EST
CHRIS CUOMO: We're going to talk about this in a larger way. Does this president ever have to be the better man? Does ever he have to rise above any any perceived indignity?
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI: Here's the problem. I'm going to answer that question in a way that will surprise you. I'll say of course he does. But here's the problem with the whole narrative. He is taking in 93, 90% enemy incoming constant barrage of attacks, barrage of criticisms, we don't give him credit on anything. He's about to meet the North Korean president. He's working on the Middle East. The economy is rising. So let's talk about real economic data. We have the lowest African-American hispanic unemployment in the history of those numbers.
CUOMO: You're saying because he's doing good things, it is okay if he does bad things. And it's okay if he's trying to divide the country.
SCARAMUCCI: I'm not saying that. I'm saying, he's counter punching against a very heavy onslaught of negative incoming, that's coming from the mainstream media.
CUOMO: He gets peace on the peninsula, I said when the first word came out. I said this is a huge if. If it happens, this is the stuff of a Nobel peace prize.
SCARAMUCCI: Can I get invited back on that night?
CUOMO: God willing. Who doesn't want peace? This is a man and an administration that does what you're doing right now. It doesn't matter what we do wrong. Look what we do right. And if we do anything wrong, other people do things wrong. And if you say we're doing something wrong you got it wrong and it's fake news.
SCARAMUCCI: With all due respect, this is the second night on the show. So I'll be super respectful to you. But what you're saying is totally unfair to what I am saying. You said number one, should the president be a better person? Yes. He has to rise to higher ground and be a better person. Why is he having a hard time doing that in situations like this, and I answered it. I said he's having a hard time because he's getting a 90% incoming of negativity from the media and no one is giving him credit for the success.
CUOMO: I think it's about a relationship with the truth. I think we see it here where he is saying it is about the anthem.
SCARAMUCCI: The universities still like you, they're gonna give you the PhD in Psychiatry. I'm not getting a PhD. In psychiatry.
CUOMO: Truth is not about psychiatry. It's about facts and respect. It is not about personality. It's whether he tells the truth. I don't care about his personality. I care whether he tells the truth to the American people on the matters that are important. That's not psychology.
SCARAMUCCI: You're like everybody else in the media. The president is a liar. The president is a liar.