CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield to GOP Rep. About Trump’s Tweets: ‘What Do You Yell Your Daughter?’
On Sunday, just hours after President Trump tweeted an edited video of himself body-slamming and assaulting CNN, CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield brought GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin to question about how he was relating the president’s tweets to his young daughter.
Trump’s recent tweets about CNN, which he has dubbed “Fraud News Network” as well as MSNBC and the “liberal media” at large, followed controversial, gendered tweets in which Trump claimed Mika Brzezinski had gotten a facelift — it was just his latest attack on an influential woman’s appearance as an attempt to discredit her work. Trump has defended his tweets by calling them “modern day presidential,” but many people from both parties are expressing concern that Trump does not seem to understand the dignity required of the office that he holds — and concern over what this means for their children.
Whitfield first asked Zeldin if he thought Twitter is a tool meant for the president to encourage his followers to “beat up the press or CNN?”
“For one,” Zeldin said, “he’s been using Twitter to communicate that and also uses Twitter to say other things that, you know — I think of my 10-year-old daughter.”
“What’s your answer to the president who just might be listening right now?” Whitfield asked next. “About his behavior and about his use of Twitter, what’s your message?”
“When I was my daughter’s age and I was 10 years old, we looked up to the president of the United States when trying to understand the difference between right and wrong and set our own moral compass,” Zeldin finally said. “Being presidential is being that role model. I don’t believe that some of what he’s doing on Twitter is setting the right example for my kids.”
Immediately, Whitfield then asked, “What’s your message to your daughter, then, this morning? What do you say to your daughters about trying to explain what we’re all trying to view and understand today?”
“Since you brought it up, you use the presidency as an example, as a lesson to your daughters, what’s the message you convey to your daughters today when trying to extrapolate and understand the tweet that went out by the president of the United States today?” she pressed him.
“We all need to up our game,” Zeldin said, before denying that his daughters were even on social media at all. “And I want to add that it’s not just the president of the United States. There’s a whole lot of responsibility to go around.
Last week, asked by NBC News reporter Hallie Jackson if she identified Trump as a “role model” to her children, the best deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders could offer was the pious idea that the only perfect role model her children should have is God.
“When it comes to role models, as a person of faith, we all have one perfect role model. And when I’ve asked that question I point to God,” she said. “I point to my faith. And that’s where I would tell my kids to look. None of us are perfect. And certainly there’s only one that is. And I would point that direction.”
In short, no, she doesn’t. And apparently, no matter how he spins it, neither does Zeldin. Meanwhile, former President Obama remains widely recognized as the most admired man in the country for the eighth year running.
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