CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Angela Rye held a panel with pro-Trump commentator Steve Cortes and things got heated over how President Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on the press.
The panel first started with a discussion on Trump siding with Saudi Arabia following the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite US intelligence suspecting Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the murder.
Watch it all unfold in the video below:
“Donald Trump sees the press more of his enemy than the Saudis because he can put a dollar figure next to it,” said Angela Rye.
“He is siding and aligning himself with people who have been threatened by the mere questions, threatened by the mere seeking of accountability of folks in power, and he has already made it very clear with folks who also sit on this network that the press is his greatest enemy. That is the truth, and that is a painful pill that y’all don’t want to swallow.”
“And all he has done is criticize the press,” Cortes shot back. “He has not done one thing to infringe upon the freedom of the press in this country.”
“I’m sorry. Jim Acosta. Jim Acosta. Jim Acosta. April Ryan. Abby Phillip. Yamiche Alcindor. Are you kidding me?!” Rye answered.
Cortes then argued that the press is still allowed to “say whatever they want” about the president and that Acosta was disciplined for “poor behavior” and not for his criticism of the president.
“You cannot compare him to MBS or anybody in the House of Saud––whoever it was––who ordered the murder of a journalist,” said Cortes.
“Time out! He’s actually put people’s lives in danger!” Rye responded. “Do you know there are people who sit on this network who are getting death threats because of your president’s rhetoric?! That is the truth.”
Cortes responded that he has received death threats too “because of the left, because of Antifa.”
“Is that why that guy sent me a bomb?” asked Cuomo. “Is that why we have bombs sent here, because of Antifa?"
“Are you saying that Antifa's not violent?” Cortes asked in return.
“I’m saying that’s not who sent the bomb to my office, Steve!” Cuomo answered. “When somebody threatens you and your family and your safety, I hope that the first thing that comes to mind is, ‘Well, you know, there are bad things that other people do too. I guess I won’t take it too personally.'”
Cuomo then ended the segment by wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving.