comScore Brooke Baldwin and Rob Astorino Clash Over Ilhan Omar

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Dresses Down Guest in Fiery Debate Over Ilhan Omar, Trump: ‘Don’t Blanket Statement!’


A CNN panel exploded Wednesday afternoon as two guests and anchor Brooke Baldwin tussled over President Donald Trump‘s call for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to resign.

The discussion kicked off with Trump 2020 advisor Rob Astorino admitting he disagrees with the president — and that Omar should not resign following remarks condemned by top Democrats and many others as anti-Semitic. But Astorino promptly used the opportunity to criticize coverage of the controversy, by arguing that most of the attention is now focused on past remarks from Trump, rather than the current statements by Omar.

“Has he said stupid things? Absolutely, he has said stupid things,” Astorino said. “It’s clear. But that doesn’t take away from the fact of what Omar has said, and others in the Democratic party.”

Baldwin challenged her guest — questioning why the president was mum after Rep. Steve King‘s (R-IA) comments asking when the term white supremacy became offensive.

“Why didn’t [Trump] denounce Steve King if he’s going to denounce Ilhan Omar?” Baldwin asked.

“He was denounced by the leadership of the Republicans in the house,” Astorino replied.

“But not directly by the president of the United States,” Baldwin said.

“Okay,” Baldwin said. “He should’ve said something.”

That turned out to be just a preview, though, of the fireworks to come between Astorino and Baldwin. The Trump campaign advisor argued, “We’re going to go down a really bad rabbit hole in this country because everyone is a victim of something.”

“No, no, no, no. Don’t blanket statement!” Baldwin fired back. “This is anti-Semitism!”

“If we’re going to have everyone resign –” Astorino said, before being cut off by Baldwin.

“Hang on. Sir. She apologized.”

“It took her a little while,” Astorino said.

“Slow your roll,” Baldwin shot back. “She apologized.”

Then she turned to Trump.

“We just played three clips from the candidate, and then the man, the president himself,” Baldwin said. “Tell me how many times he’s apologized for those comments — making the exact same points.”

“He hasn’t!” Astorino said. “And I’ve condemned those.”

“But that is why we’re pointing out the hypocrisy,” Baldwin said.

Watch above, via CNN.

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