On CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Tapper had a panel on to discuss remarks that President Obama made at a Friday-night fundraiser. At the event — a fundraiser for my excellent Governor, Jay Inslee — the President took a shot at Donald Trump:
“We don’t have time for charlatans and we don’t have time for hatred and we don’t have time for bigotry and we don’t have time for flim-flam. And we don’t have the luxury of just popping off and saying just whatever comes to the top of our heads. Don’t have time for that.”
To discuss these relevant comments, Tapper had on his panel: Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli, former Ohio state rep. Nina Turner and former Arizona governor Jan Brewer. Tapper let Gov. Brewer go first (probably regretting it soon after). Brewer loudly whined that:
“Obama just always comes tearing after Republicans constantly, calling names and calling people bigots and racists. And that’s their big comeback, you know. And it’s absolutely ridiculous.”
As Tapper began to speak again, Brewer interrupted him, saying that seeing a president speak like that “is offensive.” Tapper noted that Obama does tend to go after opponents (as if anyone else does not) and aimed a question at Gov. O’Malley. Before he could speak, though, Brewer just had to spit out that Obama went after her, too. Self-important, much?
O’Malley went on, noting that the President was not referring to “all Republicans” and never does so. He calmly continued, looking Brewer right in the eyes:
“But he did say it rightly that Donald Trump is a bigot, Donald Trump is a racist. Donald Trump is, in fact, making fascist appeals. That’s why many self-respecting Republicans are not supporting Donald Trump… Trump is an unstable charlatan who is appealing to the worst instincts of people and I believe, ultimately, that the American people are going to reject that.”
Brewer, apparently a one-trick-pony when it comes to her choice of topic, then went on a rant; interrupting Tapper again to do so. And here’s where she went a little maniacal:
“With President Obama and Hillary Clinton, every time you disagree with them, it doesn’t matter which subject it is, you’re a bigot or you’re a racist!”
She then talks loudly over both O’Malley and Tapper (side note — I find her voice grating), obviously a graduate of the Bill O’Reilly School of Shouting Down Opponents™. Tapper, barely able to keep control, takes the conversation over to the other side of the table for a bit.
Brewer is then asked by Tapper if some of Trump’s comments aren’t even the least bit “racially tinged or offensive.” Brewer, like most Trump supporters, gives The Donald a pass on all that. Because he is “new to the political arena” is Brewer’s nonsensical excuse. Even if he says something she is “not comfortable with” she lets him slide. Then she ramps up the whine machine a bit more:
“But dang it! I get fed up that we hear over and over and over and over again from the president of the United States that every time somebody wants to support on the Constitution and the rule of law that we are out there because we are racist and bigots.”
Well, dang it! Since when does Trump care about the Rule of Law or the Constitution? Here is a woman going ballistic because she thinks Democrats have a “go to” attack for Republicans, repeating a ‘go-to” talking point of the right. She gets angry over something President Obama says but if Trump says something that is blatantly racist, she covers for him with “he didn’t mean it the way that he said it.” Irony, Gov. Brewer. Look it up.
Through this entire segment, Martin O’Malley showed himself to be cool and collected. He was polite yet he looked Brewer full on when he spoke to her. He would make an excellent member of a Clinton cabinet, in my opinion. When he finally saw that he was in the midst of giving a porcine singing lesson, he laughed and said, “I can’t believe you’re supporting him.”
Brewer shot back, “Believe it.” Oh, we believe it, Gov. Brewer. You’re simpatico with Donald Trump. He hates Mexicans, you hate Mexicans. He shouts over people, you shout over people. He is rude, you are rude…. it’s a match made in political right-wing Heaven. It even shows in your face; you’ve adopted the same bitter, nasty expression as he has. You deserve one another.
Here’s the segment via RawStory:
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