Trump Defender Steve Cortes Agrees GOP Shouldn’t Have Had Candace Owens at Hearing ‘Throwing Bombs’
Trump defender and CNN commentator Steve Cortes forged rare agreement with liberal CNN commentator Angela Rye when he agreed that Republicans were wrong to invite occasional Hitler apologist Candace Owens to a House hearing on hate crimes.
On Tuesday night’s edition of CNN’s Cuomo PrimeTime, host Chris Cuomo concluded his “Great Debate” segment by asking Rye and Cortes about the GOP’s decision to invite Owens to a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism,” an occasion which Owens used to relentlessly attack Democrats.
Cuomo told the panel that Owens was invited to the hearing by Republicans “because you want to blow it up. You want to blow up what was going on, talking about issues that the right doesn’t like to deal with, and doesn’t like getting used as a cudgel against them, and I think you have to ask yourself is that a good strategy if your goal is to build from your base?”
“I get how it would help control your base and there’s always that nice twist of Candace Owens being African American and making arguments that you don’t usually hear from African Americans, but if the goal is to expand your base, why have dynamite like that injected into a hearing?” Cuomo asked, as Rye nodded in agreement.
“I thought it was a bad strategy,” Cortes said, and added “I want to persuade Americans of any color, black, brown, purple… that the America first strategies are working for them.”
He then claimed that “Hispanic support” for Trump “is surging,” and said Republicans should be “pointing out the positives.”
“To me, that’s the way, rather than throwing bombs,” Cortes concluded. “So I didn’t like that strategy in front of the House committee today.”
“Let’s leave it there,” Cuomo said, noting that “you have to take agreement when you find it every once in awhile.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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