CNN’s Chris Cuomo says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wants to incite anger because he believes it benefits him.
“With all the legitimate angles of attack on the current state of play with ISIS and the United States, why go the route of saying that President Barrack Hussein Obama, as Trump likes to remind people, founded ISIS. He didn’t found ISIS. And then he says ‘ISIS honors Obama.’ ISIS doesn’t ‘honor Obama.’ Why say those things?”
Cuomo also played for Giuliani — and CNN’s shrinking audience — the edited version of Trump’s “controversial” statement regarding the Second Amendment.
And thus it began — an epic 32-minute commercial free exchange Thursday between Cuomo and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Giuliani appeared on Cuomo’s show “New Day” to defend recent comments by Trump and his belief that the media distorts what the Republican nominee says.
Here’s part of the exchange:
CUOMO: He doesn’t make a legitimate argument about the Second Amendment. He says, “oh, maybe you guys can go and do something.” He makes a joke that winds up becoming the story.
GIULIANI: It wasn’t a joke. I was with him, it wasn’t a joke. He —
CUOMO: Well you don’t — you’re not saying he had serious intentions about encouraging “Second Amendment people” to do something bad?
GIULIANI: Of course not. Of course not. No more than Hillary Clinton had eight years ago when she said she was going to stay in the race, because remember, Kennedy was assassinated.
CUOMO: You know what she did after she said that? She apologized.
GIULIANI: Well, because she was wrong.
CUOMO: Why didn’t he apologize?
GIULIANI: Because he wasn’t wrong.
CUOMO: How was he not wrong? To encourage people with the Second Amendment, which means they have guns, that maybe you can do something?
GIULIANI: Chris. Chris, Chris, Chris, Chris. He didn’t encourage them to do that. He was saying, “don’t vote for her.” It’s the Clinton spin machine —
GIULIANI: That interpretation of it —
CUOMO: I’m not part of the “Clinton spin machine” and you know that.
GIULIANI: But you accepted it. You’re accepting it.
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