CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield could barely contain her contempt on Tuesday after a senior Trump campaign official tweeted a meme that called Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton a murderer.
The tweet came in the wake of the House Republican’s report on the terror attacks in Benghazi. Michael Cohen, Special Counsel to Donald Trump, tweeted a meme of Hillary Clinton with the words:
I presided over $6 billion lost at the State Department, sold Uranium to the Russians through my faux charity, illegally deleted public records, and murdered an ambassador. Elect me!
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) June 28, 2016
Banfield proceeded to shame and humiliate Cohen publicly, even suggesting that Clinton could sue him.
This show is called Legal View because we know a thing or two about the law,” Banfield explained. “And Michael Cohen is a lawyer. That there is libel to suggest that a woman murdered an ambassador.
Nia Maliki, a CNN contributor, was more dismissive, suggesting that the tweet was “the kind of strident language that has been surrounding the Donald Trump campaign.”
We’ve heard things like this emanating from the Donald Trump orbit and so it’s not really surprising,” Henderson opined.
Banfield disagreed: “Let’s just be really frank here, people. Don’t call someone a murderer of an ambassador for God’s sake!”
“It’s offensive to Americans who really want the truth on what’s going on in politics,” she added. “Please give us a break! Campaigning!”
“I nearly lost my cool,” the host concluded. “I did lose my cool effectively.
The frustration Banfield displayed will only get worse as Trump’s campaign continues to lash out and grasp for anything that will hurt Hillary Clinton. Trump has been in free fall since eliminating his competition of the nomination. With no other Republicans to beat up on, he’s tried to take on both Clintons, President Obama, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and any Republicans who don’t swear loyalty to him.
So far, not only have his attacks proven ineffective, but the counterattacks from Clinton, Warren, and Obama have often been much more damaging.
One common thread that’s proven successful in fighting Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric has been the use of comedy. Trump absolutely hates being made into a joke, and he’s noticeably more off his stride when he’s defensive. We can expect a lot more funny anti-Trump ads and speeches from the Clinton campaign as Trump becomes more and more obscene.
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