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CNN’s Pamela Brown Smartly Pounds Pence’s Former Chief of Staff: ‘Trying to Take Away Responsibility for Trump’s Behavior’
Wow. Pamela Brown of CNN is setting the standard when it comes to interviewing Trump apologists, or any other political spin doctors.
With Trump speaking at CPAC next week, a move that Maggie Haberman calls “a sign that Trump may already be lining up for 2024,” there is a ton of rehabilitation to do and it will be all hands on deck to get that job done. Indeed, it is so bad that Marc Short – who worked for Mike Pence, someone Trump threatened – is already moving to cover up and spread the blame for the siege. Short is also referencing the big lie, the election issues in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
He might have gotten away with Newsmax talking points were it not for Brown. Watch her wipe away the election stuff in one “short,” well-researched, answer.
Really good job by @PamelaBrownCNN to repeatedly correct Marc Short's misstatements about the outcome of Trump's post-election legal challenges. She clearly knew the facts and he did not. We need more reporters as prepared as she is here. pic.twitter.com/HauLOZdqhB
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) February 21, 2021
But it got worse. Somehow, these Trump alums think there is a way to overcomplicate the statement: “No, sir, there is no way for Mike Pence to stop the count. You have run out of options unless you get a judge to intervene and that is getting far more difficult by the day.” Marc Short believes that there is nuance to planning post-electoral college counts.
“I think unfortunately the President was getting bad advice from people who had articulated that the Vice President would have some extraordinary powers that had never been used before .. during certification by Congress” of electoral results,
Brown didn’t allow that answer to echo on her show:
“When you say the President was getting bad advice it sounds though like you’re trying to take responsibility away from the President” pic.twitter.com/d0rBcoHcP3
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 21, 2021
Yes. The Trump administration expected every official to absorb blame and protect the chief baby. Again, the blame lies solely with the man at the top. If one finds themselves listening to Rudy Giuliani and Mike Lindell for constitutional law advice, one deserves what one is going to get. Relying on Roger Stone and Alex Jones will get one imprisoned.
Can someone ask Marc Short if he thinks Donald Trump is a 4 year old or suffering from advanced dementia because a functioning adult doesn’t need “good advice” to realize that the Vice President does not have the power to unilaterally overturn the election results. https://t.co/eCL0JdXdus
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) February 21, 2021
The net was impressed or at least enjoyed Short getting smacked.
Marc Short on @CNN is still pushing the Big Lie, especially in PA. Pamela Brown did a good job of pressing him.
— Susan Says “Where the hell is my vaccine?” Becraft (@AliceTinker1943) February 21, 2021
— Mike in Pasadena (@SweeneyME) February 20, 2021
I could watch @PamelaBrownCNN read the stock tables, but she’s also one of the best interviewers on TV. Her dogged but respectful interrogation of former Pence chief of staff and fog machine Marc Short just now is a good example.
— Jeff Stein (@SpyTalker) February 20, 2021
Marc Short forgot he wasn't speaking on Trump tv.
— Blue Girl (@BlueGirlRules1) February 21, 2021
— Melissa rose (@Melissarose527) February 20, 2021
@CNN soooo Marc Short interview tonight… wow he had all his DDDD’s ready to fire
— @paixentrenous (@kathryn69392390) February 20, 2021
Yes, it was a little better than what we’ve come to expect.
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