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CNN’s Brian Stelter: “More In Private Than On TV,” Journalists Wonder If Trump Is “Crazy”


CNN's Brian Stelter began the Sunday edition of 'Reliable Sources' by wondering why more journalists have not asked the "uncomfortable questions" about President Trump's mental fitness for office. "Questions that feel out of bounds, off limits, too hot for TV," Stelter explained. "Questions like these: Is the President of the United States a racist? Is he suffering from some kind of illness? Is he fit for office? And if he's unfit, then what?" "Since President Trump's inauguration, there's been a lot of tiptoeing going on,†he continued. "His actions have been described as unpresidential, unhinged and sometimes even crazy. That word crazy can be interpreted several different ways. It gets said more in private than on TV." BRIAN STELTER, CNN: Questions that feel out of bounds, off limits, too hot for TV. Questions like these: Is the President of the United States a racist? Is he suffering from some kind of illness? Is he fit for office? And if he's unfit, then what? … Since President Trump's inauguration, there's been a lot of tiptoeing going on. His actions have been described as unpresidential, unhinged and sometimes even crazy. That word crazy can be interpreted several different ways. It gets said more in private than it gets said on TV… This brings me back to the questions that are tough to ask out loud on national television. Is the President of the United States suffering from some sort of illness? Is he racist? Is he fit to be commander in chief? And one more, is it time for objective journalists, I don't mean opinion folks I mean down the middle journalists to address these questions head on and how do they do it?

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Dem Rep. Adam Schiff: Gorka & Miller Should Be Fired; Need “More Adults In The Room”


Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says that President Trump should not stop with the firing of Steve Bannon and continue to clean house. He blames Trump for dividing the country in the wake of the Charlottesville violence. REP. ADAM SCHIFF, D-CA: You know, there certainly are a lot of people on the White House staff and NSC staff that shouldn't be there, people like Miller and Gorka and others, who not only I think represent the same thing that Steve Bannon did but also aren't capable of doing the job well. So, yes, I think there's more cleaning house that ought to take place.

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CNN’s Angela Rye: Washington, Jefferson Statues “Need To Come Down”


CNN's Angela Rye called for statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to come down Thursday on the network. "American history is not all glorious… George Washington was a slave owner. We need to call slave owners out for what they are. Whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not, he wasn't protecting my freedoms," the network contributor said. "To me, I don't care if it's a George Washington statue or Thomas Jefferson, they all need to come down," Rye concluded. Rye's remarks came after Daily Beast editor John Avlon argued Washingon spent his life trying to unite the nation. Full remarks: ANGELA RYE, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: We have to get to the heart of the problem here. The heart is the way many of us were taught American history. American history is not all glorious. I love John to death, but I couldn't disagree more about George Washington. George Washington was a slave owner. We need to call slave owners out for what they are. Whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not, he wasn't protecting my freedoms. I wasn't someone — my ancestors weren't deemed human beings. To me, I don't care if it's a George Washington statue or Thomas Jefferson, they all need to come down. There is a way to recognize… I'm not feeding into white supremacy. I'm calling out white supremacy for what it is. And sometimes what it is, John, are blind spots. Sometimes what it is, is not acknowledging this country was built on a very violent past that resulted in death and the rape and the killing of my ancestors. I'm not going to allow us to say it's OK for Robert E. Lee and not a George Washington. We need to call it what it is. I don't say they don't deserve to be taught about. We definitely need to learn about it so we don't repeat it. We are close to repeating it right now. I'm not giving any deference to George Washington or Robert E. Lee.

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Michael Eric Dyson: Antifa, Black Lives Matter “Preserving The Fabric Of America”


Michael Eric Dyson said President Trump is "lethally ignorant" on the history of race Wednesday in an appearance on CNN. Dyson also defended activist groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter for "preserving the fabric of America." "This man is lethally ignorant, incapable of even having a kindergartner's comprehension of the history of race," Dyson told CNN's Harlow. "Black Lives Matter, the Antifa movement, and so on, are interested in preserving the fabric of America," Dyson said. POPPY HARLOW, CNN: So, Michael, the president said that we are — about the monuments — about the Confederate monuments yesterday — that we are trying to erase — we, being American people — are trying to — it is trying to erase history, change culture by taking them down. And that sort of completely ignores the fact that they are representing a sanitized, fictionalized history. I mean, if you look back at these beautiful remarks from Mitch Landrieu earlier this year who quoted the vice president of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens. And he talked about that cornerstone speech and when he said that the great truth is that the "n" word is not equal to the white man. That slavery and support and subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. What did you make of how the president addressed these monuments yesterday? MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: This man is lethally ignorant, incapable of even having a kindergartner's comprehension of the history of race. And for those who say look, the Confederacy is about history and heritage, it is. The history and heritage of racism. The history and heritage of bigotry, building their sense of biological and, in many cases, theological and national identity upon a lie. A mythology of white supremacy. The belief that some people are inherently superior and some people are inherently inferior. For the president then to defend the actions against taking down Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson — and remember, these people hated America enough to want to secede from it. The people that we claim — Black Lives Matter, the Antifa movement, and so on, are interested in preserving the fabric of America. Mr. Miller says, again, that there was violence there. But the problem is to equate the violence in reaction against bigotry with the bigotry itself is to misunderstand the fact that when you go to cancer treatment the radiation is tough treatment, but it is meant to remove the cancer. So what he fails to understand and what the president, especially, fails to understand is that you are complicit with the worst occurrence of bigotry in this country when you try to draw a false equivalence between secessionist and racist and Confederate defenders and bigots and neo-Nazis and African-American and white people and others who have defended the right of this nation to really seek a path of healing beyond the consternation we see now. That's the problem with this president. He ain't got the right moral vision, he doesn't have the right words to express that moral vision, and he lacks an understanding of American history. This is the most illiterate, incompetent president in the history of this nation and it shows — and it tells on him in the midst of this racial crisis where he is incapable of showing basic decent compassion for those who are vulnerable and who are victims of white supremacy in this country. MORE: CNN panel with Michael Eric Dyson, Brunell Donald-Kyei of the Trump National Diversity Coalition have heated argument on who is responsible for death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville:

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CNN’s Blitzer: There Will Be Questions if Barcelona Terror Attack Was Copycat Of Charlottesville


CNN host Wolf Blitzer and CNN national security correspondent Jim Sciutto discuss the "alarming" shared tactics a van plowing into a crowd of people in Barcelona and the car attack in Charlottesville. "There will be questions about copycats," Blitzer said Thursday. "There will be questions if what happened in Barcelona was at all, at all, a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia." "Even though they may be different characters, different political ambitions, they use the same killing device. A vehicle going at high speed into a group, a large group, of pedestrians. And as the local police are saying, at least one person is now dead, 32 injured, many of them in critical condition right now. They fully expect the death toll to go up," the CNN host said. "In light of the uproar of the last several days, five days apart you have whites supremacists in Charlottesville use a vehicle to kill and here you have attackers at least following the modus operandi of terrorists using vehicles apparently to kill as well. And that — those shared tactics that should be alarming," Schiutto said.

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CNN’s John King: When Did Trump Decide He Needs The Facts Before Speaking?


CNN: President Trump said he wanted to wait for all the facts before making a statement about the Charlottesville white nationalist rally, but CNN's John King says there's very little in the president's past that shows he waits for the facts before speaking. KING: Welcome back. If you're watching us today, you know, the president says the harsh criticism and his initial reaction to Charlottesville and would she blame the violence on many sides. He did not single out neo-Nazis, the KKK, the white nationalist. Well, the president says that was unfair. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) TRUMP: It's a statement I made on Saturday. The first statement was a fine statement. But you don't make statements that direct unless you know the fact. This event just happened. In fact a lot of the event didn't even happen yet as we were speaking. This event just happened, before I make as statement, I need the facts. (END VIDEO CLIP) KING: Here's one question. What additional facts that he need? It was clear Friday night that the hate groups were stoking controversy, and yes, drawing large count of demonstrations. The Charlottesville mayor confirmed the death of Heather Heyer before the president spoke Saturday. And the Virginia governor says he had been in touch with the White House about key detail through out the episode. Then there's this separate question. When did this president decide he needs the facts before speaking? (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) TRUMP: You are not allowed to be a president if you're not born in this country. He may not have been born in this country. We had the biggest audience in the history of inaugural speeches. When you take a look at the registration, you have illegal's, you have dead people, you have this — it's a really bad situation. It's really bad. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this, Sweden? They took in large numbers, they're having problems like they never thought possible. (END VIDEO CLIP) KING: I have covered the White House for nearly 10 years. I'm all for presidents who are careful about what they say. Does this president have any credibility when he stands there and says I need to be careful about what I'm saying?

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CNN: What Would It Take For Drudge, Pro-Trump Media To Abandon Trump?


CNN: What happens if conservative media stops supporting Trump? CNN's Tom Kludt asks what a conservative media revolt against the White House would look like, and what could cause them to turn. The segment asks what if Drudge, Breitbart, and FOX News turns against Donald Trump.

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Fareed Zakaria: Trump Mishandling North Korea; Exaggerating Threat To “Appear Tough”


CNN's Fareed Zakaria says President Trump and his administration has mishandled the North Korea crisis with possibly dangerous consequences. FAREED ZAKARIA: How did we get here? Why does it appear that we're on the brink of a war in Asia, one that could involve nuclear weapons? North Korea has had nuclear weapons capacity for at least ten years now. Have its recent advances been so dramatic and significant to force the United States to wage a preventive war? No. The crisis we now find ourself in has been exaggerated and mishandled by the Trump Administration to the degree that is deeply worrying and dangerous. From the start, the White House has wanted to look tough on North Korea. Trump has made clear that the United States would respond to North Korean nuclear threats, rhetoric with a massive military strike possibly involving nuclear weapons. Is this credible? No. The United States is not going to launch a preemptive nuclear war in Asia. Empty threats cheapen American power boxing in the administration for the future. So why do it? Because it's Trump's basic mode of action. For his entire life, Donald Trump has made grandiose promises and ominous threats and never delivered on either.

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