CNN’s Chris Cuomo Says Trump Went ‘Full Alex Jones’ During GOP Fundraising Speech
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo directly compared Donald Trump to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones over remarks Trump made at a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraiser.
On Tuesday night’s edition of Cuomo PrimeTime, the host spent a segment with Toronto Star correspondent and professional Trump fact-checker Daniel Dale going over the last several hours of Trump’s lies.
They started with a rare “true” claim by Trump, which was his admission, during a photo op Tuesday, that closing the border with Mexico would have a negative effect on the economy, but only after he’d claimed Friday that closing the border would be a “profit-making” move.
Dale and Cuomo then tackled Trump’s repeated false claim that between zero and three percent of asylum-seekers show up for their hearings (it’s actually 89 percent), Trump spokesman Hogan Gidley’s reference to Puerto Rico as “that country” (“Puerto Rico is part of the United States. It has been since 1898. Puerto Ricans are American,” Dale noted), and Trump’s claim that his father was born in Germany (Fred Trump was born in New York, New York, U.S.A.). Cuomo played video of Trump making this claim on two other occasions, as well.
Then, Cuomo turned to Trump’s remarks at Tuesday night’s fundraiser, during which Trump alleged that during the midterms, there were a lot of close races, and “every single one of them went Democrat.”
“There’s something going on,” Trump said. “You have to be a little bit more paranoid than you are. But we have to be a little bit careful because I don’t like the way the votes are being tallied.”
“This is full Alex Jones,” Cuomo said of Trump’s remarks. “This is full Alex Jones he went on this. How do you even find a path through that palaver?”
“You just say that there’s no evidence of deceitful fraudulent counting of votes,” Dale calmly replied, noting that Trump has made these sorts of claims repeatedly in the past, without evidence.
“None of it happened,” Dale said, and added “This is a figment of his imagination. He uses it as an excuse for why his party didn’t do better in the midterms.”
“Straight-up Alex Jones,” a bemused Cuomo repeated.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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