Trump organization spokesman Michael Cohen has proved that he is every bit as thin-skinned and obnoxious as his boss. Probably just as bigoted, too.
Friday night’s Hannity was an hour-long special devoted to Donald Trump. The Hannity website promised to “examine the good, the bad and the ugly in the 2016 election.”
But, predictably, some things got “examined” more than others.
The segment, which also started the show, began with a flattering video homage to montage of Trump. FoxNews.com subtitled the segment, “How the business mogul has spiced up the race.”
Cohen was “balanced” by Hayes and assisted by obvious Trump fan, Sean Hannity.
Hayes said Trump was generally right about immigration but “went too far” in generalizing about Mexicans. He was referring, of course, to Trump’s now-infamous remarks:
TRUMP: When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. …They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us (sic). They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime and some I assume are good people.
Cohen interrupted to suggest that if Trump had only said “Mexican government” instead of “Mexico,” nobody would have been upset about the comment.
COHEN: I want to say that to everybody that’s out there listening. He is not referring to the Mexican people. He’s referring to Mexico, Sean and Steve, and what he’s doing is he’s saying they are unloading their unwanted into the United States.
In other words, it’s not that all Mexicans are rapists and drug dealers, it’s that the Mexicans in the U.S. are rapists and drug dealers because that’s what their government is sending here. Thanks for clearing that up, Michael.
Hayes did not challenge that ludicrous statement but he did say that Trump is not taking the process seriously. “He gives speeches, he makes comments that are sometimes irresponsible,” Hayes said. “Sometimes I think he’s trying to make a joke, it doesn’t work, sometimes I think he’s just nasty.”
Hayes went on to ask Cohen “when he (Trump) abandoned all of the liberal positions that he had taken over all of these years.” Hayes was referring to his support for single-payer health care, “which puts him to the left of Barack Obama,” raising taxes “to confiscatory levels,” praising Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, calling himself a Democrat in 2004 and more. “A skeptic might suggest that he’s a conservative of convenience because that’s where he sees his opening now,” Hayes added.
Hayes was saying something about Trump’s immigration stance in 2012 when he was interrupted by Cohen.
“I gotta be honest. I gotta be honest, Steve. You are part of the liberal media problem. Wow!” Cohen accused.
Yet Hannity did not challenge this outlandish accusation.
From then on, it was pretty much all internecine warfare with Hannity and Cohen blaming Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham for “starting it” with Trump and Hannity reiterating his praise for Trump’s stunt of giving out Graham’s personal cell phone number. Hannity called it “kind of humorous” and said, “I liked how he handled Lindsey Graham, I thought that was funny.”
Oh, and it’s worth pointing out that one thing Hayes did not criticize Trump on was his completely bogus and discredited birtherism.
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FWIW, my hunch is that Ailes has not made a deal but that he is making concessions to the significant chunk of his own side that hates Trump. But it still showed how much Trump has split the right.
First, this whole show was as fair and balanced as Fox ever gets, because there were both pro-Trump and anti-Trump views. Either Ailes made a deal with Murdoch or decided himself to show both sides. It shows how much Trump has split the right.
Also, Michael Cohen did not 100% agree with Hannity. I really like the part where Cohen diss’ed Hannity’s concern about Trump running third party. Hannity kept complaining that Trump was leaving open the possibility of running third party. Cohen kept saying it was too soon to discuss it and he told Hannity that Hannity should call Trump himself if he had a problem.
Finally, at about 11:18, Hannity gave up and said. “We’re not there yet. I understand that.”
To be fair, the right didn’t criticize Trump about anything until now… And at this point, it would ruin them to start, even without Trump handing out their phone numbers are making their backdoor business public. Trump knows this.
Ethically, T Rump is mierda, and is far from one of our best.
And he really actually is a fucking pussy and a Giant Douche (Yea South Park).
And Trump knows this. He said it to push buttons and used a fallacy to make himself “conservative media attractive” to Fox viewers that are going to have that ragweed seed tickling their brain, and it’s almost subliminal.