After President Trump spoke with reporters at Joint Base Andrews on Tuesday, CNN Newsroom host John King condemned him for exclusively focusing on matters of law and order to the exclusion of race-based police shootings and that efforts to portray a diverse party at the RNC were “a mirage.”
Conducting the segment with GOP strategist Alice Stewart and a chyron that read, “America in Crisis: Trump makes inflammatory comments amid unrest, violence in cities,” King derided, “He says ‘I’m about law and order’ and he’s right, African-Americans would like less crime in their neighbors, Latino Americans would like less crime in their neighborhood but nowhere — there was an opportunity for the president to say they would also like not to be pulled over because they are black and brown and they would like not to fear that their sons or daughters might get shot in the back seven times because they are black or brown.”
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After King asserted that police shoot people because of their skin color, a claim that the network’s many fact-checkers won’t care to assess, Stewart lamented Trump going “off message,” but expressed hope that the campaign will get back to the “softer side of the president” that was presented at the RNC. King then criticized that point, “but it has to be genuine, does it not, because, forgive me, a lot of what we saw at the Republican convention was, in part a mirage.”
As evidence, King offered, ”
Thirty-six percent of the speakers at the convention were women, there are only 17%, we can show you the numbers here, in the Trump cabinet only 17% of the members are women and Republicans in congress only 10%, 23% of the Republican convention speakers were non-white, and only 13% of the Trump cabinet is not white and 6% of Republicans in Congress are not white so what they showed us at that convention was not the reality of the Trump Administration or the Republican Party at this moment in terms of diversity.
King’s point is hardly original for CNN, but if it weren’t for those speakers, the network would be portraying the RNC as being exclusively old white men. This is also the same network that thinks that John Kasich and Colin Powell endorsing Biden proves he has significant bipartisan appeal.
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