CNN Touts Claim Trump 'Wants to Lose,' 'Worried About Getting Arrested'

November 13th, 2020 11:08 PM

CNN seems to be invested in pushing fake news, constantly touting articles that bash President Trump but have no evidence or sources behind them. The latest item seized upon by the leftist network, from New York Magazine, cites a “friend” of the President claiming Trump actually didn’t want to win the election.

On Friday, New Day co-host John Berman was happy to discuss other accusations in the article: “…he wants to lose, he's out of money, he worried about being arrested, he worried about being assassinated, they said. It hasn't been a great experience for him. He liked showing people around the White House, but not the actual day-to-day business of being President.

Remember when journalists reported on the facts and had sources to back up their claims? CNN has loved touting the various articles written by the New York Times and its 1,104 unnamed ‘Senior’ administration officials. The partisan network will even trumpet sources known to have lied, such as Miles ‘Anonymous’ Taylor.

A New York Magazine article did not have one named source, but that did not stop Berman from fawning over it. He wildly stated: “This is one heck of an article and a few amazing quotes that have drawn so much attention. In that one quote we read, there's like six things that I want to dive into there.”



Olivia Nuzzi, the author of the article, then appeared on the broadcast to talk up the salacious hit piece. Berman was happy to line up further attacks on the President: “Now, he worries about being arrested, part. So explain that part.” Nuzzi was happy to continue the speculation: “He's kind of used the office of the Presidency as a shield, legally, to protect himself.…Look at the list of Trump associates, who from starting with the 2016 campaign into the White House, who have found themselves in legal peril. It's rather long.”

Nuzzi eagerly piled on:

And I could imagine, this is me speculating, but I could imagine that the President views admitting the defeat as somehow different, as somehow more shameful than the act of losing the election itself. And I also think we have to remember this is a guy from reality TV. He understands high drama. And this is the series finale. And maybe he wants to drag it out a bit and have these legal battles that his heart's not really in, because he wants to drag out the drama that he can only really create as President of the United States.

It used to be the job of journalist like Berman and Nuzzi to report on facts and information, not wildly speculate to fit their narrative. Sadly, this has become commonplace at the DNC-aligned CNN.

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A transcript of the November 13th Coverage is included below:

New Day
6:53 AM ET

JOHN BERMAN: Eight days since President Trump has spoken a word out loud in public, leaving many to speculate what he's thinking, if he's thinking. One Trump insider told reporter Olivia Nuzzi, quote, he wants to lose, he's out of money, he worried about being arrested, he worried about being assassinated, they said. It hasn't been a great experience for him. He liked showing people around the White House, but the actual day-to-day business of being President. It's been pretty unpleasant for him. Joining us now is Olivia Nuzzi. She is a Washington correspondent for New York Magazine. Olivia thanks so much for being with us. This is one heck of an article and a few amazing quotes that have drawn so much attention. In that one quote we read, there's like six things that I want to dive into there. "He wants to lose." What does that mean? 

OLIVIA NUZZI [Washington Correspondent, New York Magazine]: This is something that Trump's friends and allies and even some White House staffers have speculated about for a long time. That he's not happy as President, that even though he might like the status that being President provides, he doesn't actually enjoy the job. He doesn't enjoy performing typical Presidential duties. He finds it rather boring. And that he doesn't really want to keep on doing this. And often during the campaign, when he would give a particularly lackluster performance at a rally, say, or if he seemed to be in particularly bad spirits, this is something that White House staffers and campaign staffers and people outside of the formal Trump apparatus would speculate about. 

BERMAN: Now, he worries about being arrested, part. That's something, too, given that CNN has reporting, Jamie Gangel reports that President Trump has been talking about 2017 or asking questions inside about whether or not he can pardon himself. So explain that part. 

NUZZI: Well, this is something that we've been asking for years, as far as we know. And that's before Jamie's reporting. But, obviously, if he is no longer in office, he has new legal threats and there is new possibility that he could be investigated, forced to hand over documents that so far he's been able to avoid doing. He's kind of used the office of the Presidency as a shield, legally, to protect himself. And if that is no longer available to him, there are a number of active investigations currently in New York, elsewhere, that I assume he's quite worried about. Look at the list of Trump associates, who from starting with the 2016 campaign into the White House, who have found themselves in legal peril. It's rather long. And I'm sure that he knows that and is aware of it, and is thinking about that as he is being told to concede and get ready to leave office. 

BERMAN: So if he does want to lose, as you're being told, then what's he doing? Then why hasn't he, if not conceded, then at least not impeded the Biden transition? And this is something that I've been fixated on, why has he not said a word out loud in public for eight days? 

NUZZI: I think it's quite confusing, but one of the things that the friend of the President said to me that's not getting quite as much attention as the other quotes that you mentioned is that in this person's view, the President is okay with losing, but he's not okay with quitting. That that's the distinction. And I could imagine, this is me speculating, but I could imagine that the President views admitting the defeat as somehow different, as somehow more shameful than the act of losing the election itself. And I also think we have to remember this is a guy from reality TV. He understands high drama. And this is the series finale. And maybe he wants to drag it out a bit and have these legal battles that his heart's not really in, because he wants to drag out the drama that he can only really create as President of the United States. It's not quite the same if he is no longer, if he is the outgoing President. 

BERMAN: I will say, some series finales stink. See Game of Thrones. I mean sometimes you're just better off handling it with class. There's a lot of things in this article. One of the things that I think is so interesting is what you're hearing from people inside the White House about themselves and about the atmosphere within. I want to read this. You write, "I received messages from multiple staffers who said they were counting down the days from freedom if the environment they entered and stayed in willingly, that they had so much to tell me now, that it was too late to matter very much." That's pretty interesting. That people are sort of falling all over themselves to say these things to you. What's going on here? 

NUZZI: Well, people know that there will be life after Trump. That life is long and it's certainly long in Washington. And that they need to kind of go on a bit of a reputational recovery tour. And I don't think it's surprising. I think there's just this class of kind of anti-professional operatives in the White House, and in this White House, they're certainly anti-professional, who want to maintain their status, want to maintain their relationships with the people that perhaps they've attacked publicly, during this administration. And they want to have jobs when this is all over. And now, you know, we're starting to hear about White House officials looking for new jobs and, you know, the impression seems to be that everyone around the President knows that it's over and is preparing for it to be over, but the President just isn't ready yet to admit that. 

BERMAN: Olivia Nuzzi, thank you so much for joining us this morning. It's a terrific article. Thanks for sharing your insight. Really appreciate it.