CNN Panel of Regretful Trump Voters Shred ‘Dictator in the White House’: ‘Don’t Know Where the Bottom Is’


CNN is back with one of their always amazing voter panels, this time stocked with a half-dozen independent voters — five of whom voted from President Donald Trump in 2016.

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked the voters what they thought of Trump ahead of the 2018 midterms. The panel kicked off with this quite stunning exchange between Camerota and Trump voter Anthony Miles:

Camerota: Anthony, how are you feeling?
Miles: Afraid.
Camerota: Of what?
Miles: The dictator in the White House. He has no empathy for anything. He will never admit when he makes a mistake.

There you have it. Miles went on to say that he thought Trump would clean up Washington, but “all he’s done is surrounded himself with crooks.”

“The divisiveness in this country right now, and the rhetoric coming from the president, is a daily exhausting thing,” said Sydney Cohan, another regretful Trump voter. She added that she fears “the wannabe dictator in the White House” will suspend future elections.

Stephanie Martin, a lifelong Republican and “part of the Religious right,” said she felt “embarrassed” and was considering changing parties. “The values coming from the White House just don’t mesh up with what I believe.”

She noted Trump’s “dark” and “antagonistic” Inauguration speech was when she first felt uncomfortable with Trump’s rhetoric.

Camerota noted that the Trump economy is roaring, but the voters dismissed that progress as less important than the president’s other policies and rhetoric.

Nancy Celentano, a regretful Trump voter, said she’s “not even thinking about” the economy. “I’m thinking about what he’s done to our country,” she said, noting Trump’s policy of family separations at the border “really broke [her] heart.”

“Is this the America that I grew up in?” asked Miles. “I don’t think so.”

Cohan also took issue with the treatment of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, as well as Trump’s accusers.

“I’m a victim of rape,” Cohan said. “And to hear this woman sit in front and under oath, swear and tell her story about what happened to her, only to have grown men laugh at her, mock her. I just don’t know where the bottom is anymore.”

Several on the panel called Trump’s language aimed at his accusers “shameful.”

Dale Munholland, a Republican since he was 18 who changed parties to Independent after voting for Trump in 2016, said his former party had become “spineless” and “cowardly” for failing to stand up to Trump.

Watch above, via CNN.

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