CNN’s “New Day” hosts tried their best to avoid talking about the resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Tuesday and pivoted to Trump family tweets and accusations of hypocrisy instead.
Schneiderman resigned after he was accused of assaulting several women whom he had been dating at the time. He allegedly subjected them to a myriad of physical and psychological abuse.
Host Chris Cuomo pointed out that no one came out to defend Schneiderman, not even his own team.
“Even his own team was sideways on it, but it did become more political as the story went on,” he said.
Co-host Alisyn Camerota began reading tweets from White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and Donald Trump Jr. before network commentator John Avlon chimed in to praise Democrats for being above politics.
“[They’re] going after Schneiderman’s looks. In other words, I mean, turning it into something — a different conversation,” Camerota said. “Going after Schneiderman’s looks instead of just sticking with the appalling subject.”
“Once upon a time before Trump, hypocrisy was the unforgivable sin in politics,” Avlon said. “We are through the looking-glass with that with the president on many issues. But by people really immediately calling for the attorney general of New York’s resignation, it was an affirmation that these standards do matter and it was Democrats.”
Schneiderman was also a vocal critic of Harvey Weinstein and had used his power in the state AG’s office to bring legal action against him. He also pushed for higher cash payouts for Weinstein’s victims.
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