A CNN panel repeatedly attacked President Donald Trump on Monday for attending the memorial service for former President George H.W. Bush and suggested he was forced to be there.
The segment began by noting how Trump and the Bush family agreed to put politics aside so they could come together and honor the late president.
Both Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Capitol Hill on Monday night to pay respects to Bush, whose casket was draped with an American flag and lying in the Capitol Rotunda.
The CNN segment quickly turned nasty as panelists attacked Trump, mentioned his notable clashes with the Bush family, and suggested the 45th president didn’t even want to be there.
“He’s not one to mend fences too readily. I think he’s doing this because he feels he has to do it and I’m also assuming General Kelly has had a big hand in it,” CNN’s Jamie Gangel complained
“I do know from the Bush family that they are very appreciative and think the White House has just bent over backwards, gone to great lengths, been extraordinarily helpful. That said, I just can’t help but wonder if there was a thought bubble over Donald Trump’s head just know, what he was thinking as he stood there,” she added.
“I have to imagine he was thinking, ‘how much longer do I have to stand here?'” CNN panelist Jeffrey Engel suggested.
“It’s, it’s, he had to be there, he did it, um, I think it’s interesting he did it because maybe he could have waited till the National Cathedral and then he saluted,” Gangel continued, questioning why Trump showed up.
“It was somewhat theatrical, uh, in nature, but it’s, I, I can’t imagine that this is very comfortable for him, these moments and I think it is going to be fascinating to watch the cathedral on Wednesday and how he interacts with these other presidents and how he sits there during these eulogies,” he added, repeatedly saying it was “interesting” that Trump showed up.
CNN repeatedly attacks President Trump for putting politics aside and paying his respects to George H.W. Bush.
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Engel then took it one step further and asserted Trump doesn’t deserve credit for not “kicking dirt” on the grave of the fallen president.
“I think we need to be a little bit thoughtful and careful about how we interpret what President Trump is doing here,” Engel said.
“David Gergen just mentioned we need to give him credit for not tweeting out nasty things about President Bush. I’m concerned that we shouldn’t give credit to someone for not kicking dirt on the grave of a person who just passed away,” Engel disgustingly added.
Without any evidence or push back from the host, several CNN analysts attacked Trump and suggested that he didn’t even want to be there.