Through the 1:00 PM ET hour on CNN Thursday, host Brianna Keilar trashed President Trump for his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic. Along with repeatedly accusing the President of “deliberate negligence,” Keilar went as far as to accuse him of “killing Individuals.”
Keilar started her monologue by declaring “This can be a nation in disaster. We’re watching leaders who’re in denial and it’s killing Individuals.” She referred to as President Trump “intentionally negligent” and claimed that he “knowingly places Individuals in danger by holding indoor rallies and occasions and by slicing funding for coronavirus testing.”
In response to Keilar, Trump “doesn’t even acknowledge the collective lack of the nation. As a substitute, he turns the pandemic right into a racist punchline for his rally-goers to cheer.” Keilar additionally whined that “the President is concentrated extra on sending troops to guard statues of lifeless accomplice generals than on defending American lives.”
The CNN host additionally appeared to take pleasure in herself fairly a bit when taking part in a clip of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “lecturing states and the media for not opening up quick sufficient and for warning Individuals in regards to the life and demise threat of the virus.” She teed up the video by describing DeSantis as one of many native leaders “abdicating duty to the individuals who elected them.”
Within the clip, DeSantis scorched the media, who “waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be identical to New York. Wait two weeks, Florida goes to be subsequent. Identical to Italy, wait two weeks. Effectively, hell, we’re eight weeks away from that and it hasn’t occurred.”
After the clip concluded, Keilar appeared to relish the chance to successfully inform DeSantis “I informed you so,” noting that “they’re hitting new data in Florida.” Transferring away from DeSantis, Keilar rapidly returned to Trump-bashing, agreeing with former Nationwide Safety Advisor John Bolton that “the President appears at every little thing by way of the prism of his re-election.”
As she launched CNN senior political analyst John Avlon, Keilar predicted that Trump’s “deliberate negligence” can be “one of many issues that can stand out essentially the most about his presidency when historical past judges it.” Avlon appeared to agree with Keilar’s evaluation, contrasting Trump with “each President since Washington” who has “tried to marshal the forces of the workplace to unite the nation, deal with what unites us, not what divides us.” Whereas Avlon and Keilar is not going to admit it, Keilar’s monologue solely reinforces the truth that nobody has achieved extra to deal with “what divides us” than the liberal media.
A transcript of the related portion of Thursday’s version of CNN Newsroom is beneath. Click on “broaden” to learn extra.
BRIANNA KEILAR: This can be a nation in disaster. We’re watching leaders who’re in denial and it’s killing Individuals. Simply evaluate the place we’re as a nation to the remainder of the world. New instances are on the rise in 29 states. The nation’s three most populous states, they’re setting day by day data for coronavirus instances; hospitals are overwhelmed. It’s like we’re again at sq. one when the pandemic first hit or worse in lots of locations.
KEILAR: Now, we’ve realized nothing from the struggling of different nations and our personal. A lot of it is a failure of nationwide management and a failure of a nationwide technique. Right here is the proof. The President is intentionally negligent. He knowingly places Individuals in danger by holding indoor rallies and occasions and by slicing funding for coronavirus testing, together with in hotspots like Texas, the place instances are surging. He doesn’t like testing as a result of it exhibits what’s actually happening and he has been admitting that for months.
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PRESIDENT TRUMP: We now have a lot testing. I don’t assume you want that type of testing and that a lot take a look at. So, in a means, by doing all of this testing, we make ourselves look unhealthy. I’ve all the time mentioned, “testing is considerably overrated.” Because of this the entire idea of exams aren’t essentially nice.
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KEILAR: You’ll be able to’t simply faux your means out of a medical situation by not testing. I’ve a two-year-old son, proper? If I hadn’t taken a being pregnant take a look at nearly three years in the past, I might nonetheless have a two-year-old son. And likewise, when Individuals should be knowledgeable essentially the most and given the exhausting reality, the President is preserving his personal activity power docs from briefing the general public. Dr. Fauci says that they don’t speak for weeks. In the midst of one of many nation’s worst disasters in fashionable occasions, the President of the USA doesn’t speak frequently along with his personal medical specialists. After which the masks, research after research exhibits they save lives. A brand new mannequin initiatives that if everybody wears them, we are going to save 30,000 lives by October. 30,000. That’s 5 occasions the variety of individuals on the President’s marketing campaign rally in Tulsa this weekend. That’s lots of people. And but, the President nonetheless refuses to set an instance by endorsing using masks and even sporting one himself. He mocks individuals who do put on masks. It’s infantile nevertheless it’s additionally illogical as a result of the President’s primary concern is the economic system, proper? And whether it is, he needs to be pushing masks. Simply have a look at nations the place masks haven’t been politicized. Circumstances are considerably decrease than the U.S. Tradition and society are getting again to regular. Proper now, a lot of nations are contemplating a ban of Individuals touring to their nations as a result of it’s so unhealthy right here. And all of this results in extra individuals dying. Keep in mind when this was the President’s benchmark.
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TRUMP: They’d minimal numbers of 100,000 and I believe we’re going to beat that; 100,000 deaths. Are you able to imagine that? That was a minimal. The minimal was 100,000 deaths and I hope to be considerably underneath the minimal, which means, all of us hope, Mike, proper? All of us hope to be considerably underneath.
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KEILAR: Greater than 122,000 Individuals have died in the previous couple of months. That is greater than each struggle because the begin of the Korean Struggle mixed. And the President barely mentions them or their households. He doesn’t even acknowledge the collective lack of the nation. As a substitute, he turns the pandemic right into a racist punchline for his rallygoers to cheer. The President is concentrated extra on sending troops to guard statues of lifeless Accomplice generals than on defending American lives. Sources say he personally requested to revive the one Accomplice statue within the nation’s capital as we, America, are in the midst of a large racial reckoning. And he’s not the one one in denial. Native leaders are abdicating their duty to the individuals who elected them as effectively. A month in the past, as New York was coping with its peak within the coronavirus outbreak there, the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, was lecturing states and the media for not opening up quick sufficient and for warning Individuals in regards to the life and demise threat of the virus.
GOV. RON DESANTIS (R-FL): Any insinuation in any other case is simply typical partisan narrative attempting to be spun and a part of the reason being that since you’ve bought lots of people in your career who wax poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be identical to New York. Wait two weeks, Florida’s going to be subsequent. Identical to Italy, wait two weeks. Effectively, hell, we’re eight weeks away from that and it hasn’t occurred. Not solely do we’ve a decrease demise charge…effectively, we’ve means decrease deaths, usually, we’ve a decrease demise charge than the Acela hall, D.C., everybody up there. We now have a decrease charge…demise charge than the Midwest, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio. However even in our area, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida has the decrease demise charge. And I used to be the primary touchdown spot from tens of hundreds of individuals leaving the primary scorching zone on this planet to return to my state. So, we’ve succeeded and I believe that folks simply don’t wish to acknowledge it as a result of it challenges their narrative, it challenges their assumption, so that they bought to attempt to discover a boogie man.
KEILAR: That was a month in the past. And now, New York’s instances have fallen dramatically. As we speak, the bottom variety of hospitalizations of your complete pandemic, and in Florida, they’re hitting new data. Why doesn’t the President seem to care about all of this? Effectively, perhaps it’s as a result of, in accordance with the person that he employed to be his Nationwide Safety Advisor, the President appears at every little thing by way of the prism of his re-election. So, he believes so long as the economic system is reopened, regardless of the dangers, that helps him, regardless of what number of plant staff or frontline staff get contaminated and presumably die. Essentially the most tragic a part of all of that is that a lot of this heartbreak may have been prevented and far can nonetheless be prevented as a result of we’re nonetheless at first of this pandemic. We now have one of the best drugs on this planet. Different nations historically mannequin themselves after America. However proper now, the USA is a cautionary story. I wish to herald our Senior Political Analyst, John Avlon. It’s…, taking a look at this deliberate negligence by the President of the USA in the midst of this lethal pandemic, I believe that is…this is likely one of the issues that can stand out essentially the most about his presidency when historical past judges it. What are his advisers telling him, John?
JOHN AVLON: His advisers hold attempting to get him to deal with…on the issues that would unite the nation, to be extra proactive. Clearly, Trumpland is, is, is, is fractured itself alongside many strains. But when the President’s primary precedence is re-election, then every little thing he’s doing in confronting this disaster is completely counterproductive to this aim as a result of the nation’s crying out for unifying management. Each President since Washington has tried to marshal the forces of the workplace to unite the nation; deal with what unites us, not what divides us, besides this President. And it’s a matter of intuition. It’s who he’s.
KEILAR: Yeah, it, it, it’s instinctual. You’ll be able to see that in how he’s reacting to all of this.