Looks like S.E. Cupp got confused—she was apparently thinking of Jeffrey Toobin...
In perhaps the grossest metaphor of this election season, smutty CNN commentator and Never Trumper Sarah Elizabeth Cupp said on CNN's New Day this morning:
"Trump wore the Republican party like a rented tuxedo to get through the election . . . That tuxedo is in the corner, it’s crumpled up, it’s got cigarette-butt stains, and bodily fluids on it."
John Avlon burst in to wonder what the people "in the control room" were thinking, while Don Lemon said he could hear the people in the control room talking to him through his earbuds.
Cupp played it coy, feigning ignorance about the Lewinsky-echoing commentary: "I don’t know what you guys were thinking I meant." But check the video. Cupp hesitates and pauses before plunging ahead with her "bodily fluids" line. She knew exactly what she was saying.
Don Lemon tried to bail her out: "She’s talking about sweat stains." Cupp decided to take the lifeline: "it was sweaty."
Deconstructing Cupp's disgusting simile, she was presumably saying that Donald Trump fraudulently adopted the appearance of a Republican in order to win the nomination and election. And it's true that Trump didn't have a history as a conservative Republican.
But the irony is that once in office, Trump has governed as perhaps the most conservative president in almost a century.
Here's the transcript.
6:47 am ET
DON LEMON: What happened to the Republican party--the constitutionalists? . . . What happened? What happened?!
S.E. CUPP: Trump happened. I used to say years ago, Trump wore the Republican party like a rented tuxedo to get through the election. And here we are with the dry cleaning bill.
That tuxedo is in the corner, it’s crumpled up, it’s got cigarette-butt stains and [pauses] you know, um, bodily fluids on it. And the Republican party [John Avlon bursts into laughter] has got to figure out what to do with the rented tuxedo. You know, they let him wear it for four years —
JOHN AVLON: I can hear the people in the control room —
CUPP: I don’t know what you guys were thinking I meant.
LEMON: I can hear the people in the control room speaking over the ear buds . . . She’s talking about sweat stains, in the armpits.
CUPP: It was sweaty!