CNN's Jake Tapper turns Lindsey Graham's Trump-tied media criticism back on him, using Lindsey Graham
Between his digressive speeches, clinging to pet conspiracy theories, and potentially dangerous tweeting (and retweeting), President Trump has raised some concerns among observers about his mental state. Most of the relevant stories about Trump come from Republicans, but allies like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) don't want people jumping to conclusions. "What concerns me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label the guy as some kind of kook not fit to be president," Graham told CNN on Wednesday morning. On Wednesday night, CNN's Jake Tapper pointed out why that's so funny.
"Now, I have never said, and I don't think anybody here has ever said, that the president is a kook, or that he's unfit to be president," Tapper said to his panel, which had been discussing Trump's retweets of anti-Muslim videos, "but you know who has?"
Lindsey Graham today: I’m concerned by the media’s attempt to label Trump as a kook or not fit to be President.
Lindsey Graham in 2016: “I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.” pic.twitter.com/34w2HEM12b
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) November 30, 2017
"What a difference a year makes," Tapper said. But Graham isn't wrong that reporters are expressing concern that Trump is becoming a little unhinged. For example, here, again on CNN, is New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman discussing what might be going on in Trump's head, and in his West Wing. Peter Weber
Access Hollywood assures everyone the Donald Trump tape is 'very real.' Jordan Klepper tries gaslighting.
On Saturday, The New York Times reported that President Trump has been privately suggesting since January that the infamous Access Hollywood tape, in which he's heard bragging into a hot mic about kissing and grabbing women by their genitals, is actually a fake. On Monday, the report that Trump might be denying something he has already apologized for was met with disbelief on TV and with a shrug by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said Trump has "already addressed it," and "we didn't have any updates on that."
On Monday night's Access Hollywood, host Natalie Morales wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page, reality-wise. "Let us make this perfectly clear — the tape is very real," she said. "Remember his excuse at the time was 'locker-room talk.' He said every one of those words."
TRUMP: The "Access Hollywood" tape might be fake
ACCESS HOLLYWOOD: What you talkin' 'bout Willis? pic.twitter.com/EOFtO26czr
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 28, 2017
So, case closed? Well, yes, but Jordan Klepper still had a little fun with it on Monday night's The Opposition. "I've always been skeptical of the Access Hollywood tape," he said. "First of all, it comes from Hollywood. Everything is fake in Hollywood: like CGI, Mark Ruffalo's sex appeal, or equal pay for actresses — all fake." In case you don't see his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, Klepper brought out an actual gaslight. "Trump admitted he said it, and now he's remembering it was actually fake," he concluded. "2016 Trump, I think you should thank 2017 Trump for clearing this up." Peter Weber
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meeting on Monday, a day before his controversial speech to Congress. But the Obama administration isn't giving Netanyahu an empty stage to make his case against a prospective nuclear deal with Iran. White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power will make the case for the deal at AIPAC, and Obama will likely discuss the Iran negotiations in an interview scheduled with Reuters on Monday afternoon. Peter Weber