CNN’s Historian Smears ‘Mafioso’ Trump Family, White House Staff ‘Embarrassed’

Following the revelations found in Donald Trump Jr.’s e-mails earlier in the week, the media have put greater focus on President Trump’s close-knit family. So late Wednesday night, during CNN Tonight, the network’s presidential historian Douglas Brinkley went on an angry rant where he railed against the Trumps as a family. And in addition, made baseless accusations about what White House staffers thought about them and their desire to work there.

Brinkley clearly had a bone to pick with the Trump family as he equated them to an Italian organized crime family. “You have a kind of-- like a Mafioso; the family’s in charge only, and we keep it in our clan together,” he chided. “And some people find that honorable, but when it starts damaging the United States at home and abroad.

In particular, Brinkley’s ire was directed at Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who he claimed had “the bull’s eye” of controversy on him. “I think he's going to at the very least have to have his security clearance revoked. And I think he should step down. I don't believe he's trustworthy anymore,” he asserted. But his tirade against Kushner didn’t end there:

And having somebody like Jared Kushner over and over again mislead people, spending taxpayer's money, people are trying to understand what's going on about our election hacking and here is somebody; Kushner is supposed to be coming to negotiate peace in the Middle East according to Donald Trump when he's taking meetings with rogue Russians in such a fashion.

He was also quite adamant in claiming that most people who worked in the White House didn’t want to be there. “But for White House staff this is just a disaster. I mean, people are going to want to start heading for the hills pretty soon,” he stated while citing no sources.

The closest thing to a source Brinkley got to was a fellow panelist, author William Cohan, who said: “I think Gary Cohn is looking to position himself to get away from the White House,” so he could become the chairman of the FED. Despite the fact that it was only Cohan’s opinion, host Don Lemon insisted it was a “very interesting bit of news.” But that’s speculation, and speculation is not news.

In response to Cohan’s unsupported claim, Brinkley rambled on about how he thought White House staffers were “embarrassed” to work there. “Well, I just think that there are a lot of people that are working for Donald Trump now that are almost embarrassed to have it on their resume, meaning they work for somebody who seems to be involved in scandal all time,” he pushed.

And when it came presidents with a lot of scandals, Brinkley declared that one needed to “go back to like Warren Harding and [the] early scandals of teapot dome.” He eventually would recall Nixon and Reagan, but no others. Of course, he would only recall Republicans and completely ignore any and all Democrats.

With that kind of disgusting mudslinging coming from a so-called presidential historian, it’s no wonder CNN’s credibility is in the gutter. It’s one thing to want historical context for current events, that’s important, but to have the historian smearing the family of a sitting president, that’s something far different and damaging to journalism.

Transcript below:

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CNN Tonight
July 12, 2017
10:50:39 PM Eastern

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DON LEMON: How does a scandal like this deepen the divide among—the divide among his family and his staff?

DOUGLAS BRINKLEY: Well, I don't believe it divides them between his family. It probably does make them stronger. But for White House staff this is just a disaster. I mean, people are going to want to start heading for the hills pretty soon. Donald Trump just can't seem to be able to shake this Russia probe. Every day it's a drip, drip, drip. Something bad is happening.

I think the bull's eye and the family right now is on Jared Kushner. The fact he is in government, that he is in the White House as you’ve been talking about, Don, is problematic. I think he's going to at the very least have to have his security clearance revoked. And I think he should step down. I don't believe he's trustworthy anymore.

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WILLIAM COHAN: [I think] He [Gary Cohn] is positioning himself as the head of the search for the new chairman of the FED to take over from Janet Yellen. Who Donald Trump has said he wants to not renew her term. I think Gary Cohn is looking to position himself to get away from the White House, to go over to the FED to be chairman of the fed to not have his reputation continuously tarnished by what’s going on in the Donald Trump White House.

LEMON: Oh, that’s a very interesting bit of news. Douglas, did you want to weigh in on that?

BRINKLEY: Well, I just think that there are a lot of people that are working for Donald Trump now that are almost embarrassed to have it on their resume, meaning they work for somebody who seems to be involved in scandal all time. I mean, you go back to like Warren Harding and when early scandals of teapot dome. Nixon was in for a long time before those kinds of scandals really kicked in.

But with this just the scandal a day going on, it's a White House in disarray. You have a kind of-- like a Mafioso, the family’s in charge only, and we keep it in our clan together. And some people find that honorable, but when it starts damaging the United States at home and abroad. And having somebody like Jared Kushner over and over again mislead people, spending taxpayer's money, people are trying to understand what's going on about our election hacking and here is somebody; Kushner is supposed to be coming to negotiate peace in the Middle East according to Donald Trump when he's taking meetings with rogue Russians in such a fashion.

So it's a White House right now that's disassembling and Donald Trump I think would serve people well to do what Regan did Iran-Contra: try to talk honestly to the American public, not just to Fox News or to Christian Broadcasting Network where he feels he has friendly people doing the questioning.

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