On Tuesday’s edition of New Day, hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota conducted a panel on President Trump’s list of potential candidates for retiring Justice Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. During the segment, CNN political analyst Brian Karem made his animosity towards President Trump and the conservative movement quite clear. Apparently, conservatives make Karem “nauseous.”
The panel began its discussion by examining Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his writings on executive privilege based off his work in Ken Starr’s investigation of the Clinton Administration. Karem responded saying that Trump’s consideration of Kavanaugh was “Trump the destroyer in action. I mean, this is the man who wants to tear down everything.”
After Karem made his views on the President perfectly clear Berman pointed out that this list of judges is relatively standard for a Republican president and is not “very different than [what] you would have seen under a President Rubio, a President Cruz or President Romney.”
If Karem hadn’t made his disdain for conservatism perfectly clear yet, he responded to the prospect of those once potential administrations “now you're just trying to make me nauseous aren’t you.”
Karem is well known for these silly political stunts. One incident on June 14th went particularly when Karem yelled at White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders over the illegal immigration crisis.
There is nothing wrong with Karem holding the opinions he wishes to hold. It does speak to the objectivity of “the most trusted name in news” when their political analysts (not their opinion hosts) act like far left pundits better suited for left wing publications than a self-professed objective news outlet.
A transcript of the relevant segment is below
6:10:43 - 6:11:15
JOHN AVLON: In the case of Kavanaugh, what’s really interesting is this is a guy who served on Ken Starr's committee that investigated Bill Clinton but seems to emerged from that with a very skeptical view about these attacks on the presidency and a very expansive view of presidential privilege. That could be very appealing to this president.
BRIAN KAREM: It is - it will be appealing to the president as he tries to deflect. Look, this is Trump the destroyer in action. I mean, this is the man who wants to tear down everything--
JOHN BERMAN: Let me just say. Let me just say -- whatever you say about President Trump, I do not think this list is very different than you would have seen under a President Rubio, a President Cruz or President Romney.
KAREM: Now you're just trying to make me nauseous aren’t you.
BERMAN: But Brian, in all seriousness here. President Trump is doing whatever he is doing, but this is a very traditional, predictable, conservative list of judges.
KAREM: It is. But what you have to look at is that one, as John was talking about, the things that will -- that Trump will want to use to his benefit whereas Rubio or someone else would make a choice based on social issues. Trump is going to make the decision based on how it affects Trump.