It is not difficult to see that President Donald Trump has a sort of intestinal fortitude to call a spade a spade. After all, this is a man who has taken on some of the most entrenched forces on earth and has beaten them at their own game.
This week, Trump has taken things to a new level in American politics and news. First, he called out two justices on the Supreme Court.
In a remarkable public rebuke, President Trump late Monday called on Supreme Court justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse themselves from any cases involving his administration over their past comments.
Trump has proven in the past that he is not bashful about criticizing justices, but he seemed to be particularly bothered by a recent dissent by Sotomayor hinting that conservative-leaning justices have a bias towards Trump.
That really is not all that much of a stretch to think that Sotomayor would have a problem with Trump-appointed judges. After all, they pretty much rule the opposite of how she would. Her public objection to their jurisprudence, on the other hand, is not prudent and should not be tolerated. Bader-Ginsburg made some offhand comments about Trump during the presidential campaign for which she apologized. It seems the president has not forgotten, though.
President Trump scolded CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Tuesday during a press conference in India, telling the reporter he should be “ashamed” and blasting the liberal network.
Acosta asked Trump if he would accept foreign interference in the upcoming election and how he could justify replacing Joseph Maguire as acting director of national intelligence.
The president didn’t appreciate the two-part question.
“First of all, I want no help from any country, and I haven’t been given help from any country,” Trump answered before referencing a report that CNN had to walk back on Sunday. “If you see what CNN, your wonderful network said, I guess they apologized in a way. Didn’t they apologize for the fact that they said certain things that weren’t true? Tell me, what was their apology yesterday? What did they say?”
Acosta fired back, “Mr. President, I think our record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes.”
Trump responded by attacking the credibility of Acosta and CNN.
“Your record is so bad that you ought to be ashamed of yourself. You have probably the worst record in the history of broadcasting,” Trump said as Acosta attempted to interrupt.
Why CNN insists on using that clown is a question that needs to be asked.