CNN’s Jake Tapper Takes Away Lara Trump’s Medical License
CNN’s Jake Tapper, host of the Sunday morning program “State of the Union,” tweeted out a list of 16 people the show had sought to book on today’s edition.
We’re in a pandemic where officials need to communicate with the public. Among those we requested for @CNNSotu this morning (and WH declined):
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 18, 2020
None of those invitees were made available by the Trump administration so he ended up with Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and a Trump campaign official. Predictably – almost understandably – she defended Donald Trump’s encouragement of the “lock her up” chants at his Muskegon, Mich., rally on Saturday. “He wasn’t doing anything, I don’t think, to provoke people to threaten this woman at all. He was having fun at a Trump rally,” Lara Trump said.
She stonewalled when Tapper asked if her father-in-law had tested negative for coronavirus before the first presidential debate with Joe Biden. “I assume the answer is yes. I do not know. Why would the president knowingly test positive and then go to a debate?” she mused.
Tapper calmly accepted responses to those questions without editorializing. But the CNN reporter just couldn’t contain his incredulity after Lara Trump’s comments about Joe Biden’s well-known, life-long battle with stuttering, especially when she claimed to not being aware of Biden’s condition and saying the former vice president is in “cognitive decline.” Here’s their exchange:
Tapper: “You made this comment about Joe Biden earlier in the campaign. Let’s take a listen.”
Lara Trump: “Every time he comes on stage and they turn to him I’m like ‘Joe can you get it out? Let’s get the words out.’ You kinda feel bad for him.”
Tapper: “How do you think it makes little kids with stutters feel when you make a comment like that?”
Lara Trump: “First and foremost I had no idea that Joe Biden suffered from a stutter. I think what we see on stage with Joe Biden, Jake, is a cognitive decline. That’s what I’m referring to.”
Tapper: “A cognitive decline? I think that you were mocking his stutter. And you have absolutely no standing to diagnose somebody’s cognitive decline. I would think somebody in the Trump family would be more sensitive to people diagnosing politicians from afar.”
He concluded her appearance with the wry observation that he was sure that Lara Trump’s comments about Biden “was from a place of concern. We all believe that.”