CNN host Chris Cuomo devoted his closing argument Friday night to trashing President Trump. Cuomo declared that “the President’s mouth is a threat to this country” and accused the President of racism.
Cuomo began by arguing that “what he is saying is inherently abnormal and a dereliction of his duty to “faithfully execute the Office of the President.” The CNN host then took a shot at “puppets” of the President who refuse to call out his “bad behavior,” accusing them of “cowardice.”
At this point, Cuomo told his audience “the truth is the President’s mouth is a threat to this country.” Cuomo specifically took issue with President Trump’s comparison of Chairman of the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
According to Cuomo, President Trump made the comparison because “they won’t do what he wants.” Cuomo contended that President Trump “literally doesn’t care that one is an oppressive autocrat because he consistently is not bothered by despots, and can’t stop talking like one himself.” Cuomo proceeded to play psychoanalyst by claiming that “his foul mouth is just the stench of a real wound.”
Cuomo spent the rest of his monologue calling President Trump a racist: “He doesn’t just run his mouth about a fake brown menace, he pushes to put kids in cages...he wants to remove a Constitutional protection of birthright citizenship. How’s that preserving the Constitution?” For the record, the author of the “Constitutional protection” he is referring to, the 14th Amendment, made it clear that the protections of the Amendment did not apply to “persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons.”
Nonetheless, Cuomo continued to rattle off open borders propaganda: “He wants to end the promise of taking the tired and poor. His people literally say to your face that poem, the New Colossus, on the Statue of Liberty, is just words...Thank God the generations that built this country, those that came freely, didn’t know that…or else a lot of us wouldn’t be here.”
No anti-Trump lecture would be complete without an accusation of Islamophobia and Cuomo delivered on that as well: “he doesn’t just talk about Islam being evil. He acts on it. He doesn’t want them to come in. He tries to ban them.” Cuomo also accused President Trump of sympathizing with white nationalists: “He doesn’t just soft-pedal an objection to white supremacy. He refuses to call their murdering ways terrorism.”
Cuomo closed his monologue by describing President Trump “as the one chosen at this time to make you decide what you want your country to be about. After reminding the audience that “this President is a living, breathing, tweeting example of a very different America than the one that made us great,” he urged the audience to “choose, and look at everything that happens through that lens.” It looks safe to say that Cuomo wants his audience to vote President Trump out of office in 2020.
A transcript of the relevant portion of Friday’s edition of Cuomo Prime Time is below. Click “expand” to read more.
Cuomo Prime Time
CHRIS CUOMO: A little real talking, all right? We all get politics is often about provocative talk, trash talk even, and I’ll stipulate for the fact of this argument that this President likes to be provocative, and it messes with the media, and gets him a lot of attention. But there’s also a point at which what he is saying is inherently abnormal and a dereliction of his duty. His oath is to faithful…faithfully execute the Office of the President. His oath is to preserve and protect the Constitution. I argue that he’s not doing either. He clearly thinks this economy is shaky. That’s okay. But that’s the only reason that he’s attacking the Fed Chief, Powell. You can argue Powell raised the rates too fast and too much. But if the economy is so strong, it shouldn’t matter, and certainly can’t warrant this. The President of the United States calling the Fed Chief…the Fed Chair an “enemy” and likening him to someone else he says is an “enemy,” a guy he’s trying to cut a deal with right now, the Chinese President, Xi? This statement is a metaphor for the mess this President is making. Puppets, like Senator Graham, say “Well, that’s him being a street fighter.” That’s a pathetic excuse for bad behavior, and he knows it. Too many, like Graham, even some in the media, refuse to call it out because this President could be such a scold, he can be such a dangerous enemy. Fine, then live with your cowardice. The truth is the President’s mouth is a threat to this country. Comparing the Fed Chief to the Ruler of China, a man who has eliminated term limits for his Presidency? His country systematically oppresses millions of Muslims. He carries out detention and torture. TV and the internet are censored. Critics are arrested. And this President is going to so easily equate him with a guy who just won’t raise rates enough, a public servant in the United States? The sick part is why he’s doing this. It’s just because both these men represent what he doesn’t want. They won’t do what he wants. He literally doesn’t care that one is an oppressive autocrat because he consistently is not bothered by despots, and can’t stop talking like one himself. Now, I get why just his running his mouth this way might be excused by some of you because you got low, low expectations of politics. And you’ll say, “I just look at what he does. That’s all I care. I don’t like his style but.” Here’s my argument. His foul mouth is just the stench of a real wound. So, he announces more tariffs on top of China’s tariffs. See, that’s more pain for the American consumer, and it is not better leverage for him to get this deal done. I know they’re telling you that. Ask him for proof. It’s definitely more pain for your 401(k) because the Dow is going to tank, because the Street doesn’t like it, down more than 600 points today. Why, if it’s such a strong move, why don’t they like it? Why don’t the farmers like it? Why don’t the manufacturers like it? He doesn’t just run his mouth about a fake brown menace. He pushes to put kids in cages, to round up migrants working illegally, but not their employers, like him, even though the employers break the law just as much as people who enter illegally; just as he broke the law at his clubs, and still does. He wants to remove a Constitutional protection of birthright citizenship. How’s that preserving the Constitution? He wants to end the promise of taking the tired and poor. His people literally say to your face, that poem, the new Colossus on the Statue of Liberty: it’s just words, it’s not policy. Thank God the generations that built this country, those that came freely, didn’t know that. They weren’t told that. Or else, a lot of us wouldn’t be here. He doesn’t just talk about Islam being evil. He acts on it. He doesn’t want them to come in. He tries to ban them. He doesn’t just soft-pedal an objection to white supremacy. He refuses to call their murdering ways “terrorism.” Critics say “the emperor wears no clothes,” especially because this week, right, because Hans Christian Andersen is Danish, and the President was pissing all over Denmark, the ally, over not being sold Greenland. But I disagree with the take. He’s not naked. He has on a tie that’s made in China, ironically, because he wouldn’t do what he’s asking other companies to do now, and divest from China. Everything about him is not invisible. It’s obvious. His words are not just talk. They are the poisonous precursor of divisive and dangerous actions. We are way too focused on who is us, and who is them, and that’s because of him. This is a country that owes its very existence and survival to unity and the destiny of diversity. He may be right about being the Chosen One, however, because I argue he is the one Chosen at this time to make you decide what you want your country to be about. This President is a living, breathing, tweeting example of a very different America than the one that made us great, and you will choose, and look at everything that happens through that lens.