“So, we have an new tweet,” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota said on New Day this morning. She and guest David Gregory chuckled about the ridiculousness of that statement, but co-host Chris Cuomo wasn’t laughing.
“Well it matters because it’s about me,” Cuomo said, before reading President Trump’s comments on him personally earlier this morning. The tweet accused the anchor of neglecting to raise credibility issues with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who told Cuomo in an interview that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch called the president’s recent attack on the court system “demoralizing.”
To Trump the “fact” that Cuomo never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave ‘service’ in Vietnam” meant the whole interview was “FAKE NEWS!”
But Cuomo had a surprise for the president: the tape.
In reality, Cuomo brought up that exact issue with Blumenthal, asking, “What is your response to the president of the United States, who says you should not be believed because you misrepresented your military record in the past?”
“The president, with all due respect, is once again off on the facts,” Cuomo asserted after playing that clip. Blumenthal may have “ducked” his question regarding the time he “misspoke” about his time in the military during the “Vietnam era.” But you cannot say that Cuomo “never asked.”
“‘Fake news’ is the worst thing that you can call a journalist,” Cuomo said, comparing the term to “ethnic disparagement” perhaps a bit hyperbolically. “He just keeps doubling down when the facts don’t favor his position.”
It turns out Jake Tapper’s not the only CNN anchor capable of calling out Trump administration lies.