The CNN crowd apparently felt they had to remind us again how much they dislike President Trump’s tweeting.
On Monday night, CNN commentator Tara Setmayer lashed out at former Trump staffer Jason Miller for defending the president’s weekend tweets on issues from the FBI to Oprah Winfrey, declaring “I’m sick of you guys making excuses for him.”
The panel argued that the president’s tweets were inappropriate because they followed the tragic mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school that left 17 dead.
Political strategist and CNN regular Robby Mook suggested that President Trump’s tweets are intended to sow division and distract from unfavorable issues.
“He’s doing it for the reason we’re here now, we’re getting into a discussion about what’s true or not true about the Russia investigation” Mook said. We’re not talking about children who are dying.”
Conservative Alice Stewart believed the president “did a fine job with the statement he gave to the nation last week, but he canceled it all away this weekend by the comments that he made.”
This prompted Stetmayer, a self-described conservative and former Republican aide, to say “Why doesn’t the president just shut up? Just be quiet for a weekend.”
“He’s constantly being attacked,” Miller responded.
Setmayer said she didn’t care because children were killed, and Miller asked if the president cannot push back if attacked.
“Have some restraint,” Setmayer exclaimed. “It’s called impulse control. It’s called being an adult. It’s called being the President of the United States. You cannot freak out on Twitter every single time someone attacks you. That is part of the job of being President of the United States.”
After she called President Trump “thin-skinned,” Miller reminded her that President Trump visited with victims and their families in Florida.
“That’s great,” Setmayer replied. “That was a good thing to do, and then he should have just quietly let the weekend go by and allowed people to mourn. Have people come together, find solutions.”
“That’s not what was happening on Saturday,” said Miller. “On Saturday he was being attacked around the clock.”
Setmayer then went on a rant:
“This, again, just highlights how unqualified he is as president of the United States. He does not have the temperament. You have to be able to take the hits if you’re going to be president of the United States, and he is unable to do it.
“So instead he behaves like an insecure lunatic on Twitter as opposed to being a mature adult as the president of the fricking United States. I’m sick of you guys making excuses for him.”
Later on in the panel discussion, Ryan Lizza suggested President Trump will soon attack the high school students demanding gun control, to which Miller replied “that’s too far.”
Leave it to a CNN regular to accuse the president of being “thin-skinned”–and then go into complete meltdown mode on national television.