Like most members of the administration of pretend-president Donald Trump, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney seems to be taking whining lessons from the whiner-in-chief as he attempted to explain to CNN’s “New Day” host Chris Cuomo why CNN is “Fake News.”
It didn’t quite go as planned and Cuomo quite handily shut Mulvaney down with a huge blast of truth. The interview started innocently enough, by exploring a recent Trump tweet:
Wow, so many Fake News stories today. No matter what I do or say, they will not write or speak truth. The Fake News Media is out of control!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2017
While Cuomo explained that CNN is being truthful in reporting the actual conditions of the island of Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria on September 20. Cuomo stated:
This matters, Mick, because the reason we go to these places to show the reality so people can connect to the need and justify the calls for help. You were there. You understand the situation well. What is fake in our reporting about the depth of DESPAIR and the need for better relief?
Mulvaney answered with an explanation of their frustrations:
All y’all show is the bad stuff. We spent several hours on the island (Tuesday) afternoon, (and) we got a chance, for example, to be briefed by the Army Corps of Engineers, the folks working on the electrical grid and all the work that they are doing, on everything that is going right — and by the way, some of the efforts down there are absolutely fantastic.
Sunshine and roses — a staple of the Trump administration. Everything they do is golden and Trump walks on water. Blah blah blah and yadda yadda yadda. They don’t care much for facts. Mulvaney continued touting how well the Trump administration has been doing in Puerto Rico, with each point countered handily by Cuomo.
When there are people coming up to you on the streets, begging for help, you don’t say, ‘Well, you know, things aren’t as bad as you think, my friend.’
Then Cuomo laid on a truth-bomb that told the reality of the whole situation:
It’s not being done to you, Mick, (or) to the president to embarrass you, it’s just being able to reinforce the need. Whatever’s being done, it’s not enough, Mick — and if you don’t know that now, you’re never going to know it. I have to believe you understand the reality.
It is doubtful that anyone in the Trump administration will ever really understand that the truth hurts sometimes, but it must be told. With Trump’s constant insistence that any negative news about him is fake, there are plenty of suck-ups following him around to reinforce what a great and wonderful Oz he is.
But kudos to Cuomo for at least trying to help Mulvaney understand.
Watch the exchange below:
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