CNN’s Anderson Cooper kicked off his show on Tuesday night with an epic monologue delving into the current White House crisis over its handling of the domestic abuse allegations against a senior official — and accused President Donald Trump’s administration of “gaslighting” the American people.
“We begin tonight keeping them honest, with the White House continuing their effort to gaslight the American people,” Cooper opened, before giving a definition of the term.
“Gaslighting is when someone tries to make you question your own reality and sanity,” he explained. “And they do this by lying, they do it by speaking in contradictions, and by denying the reality that you know to be true.”
“So that is how the White House is gaslighting the American people daily in an effort to cover up how it handled the case of Rob Porter.”
Porter resigned from the White House last week after both of his ex-wives accused him of domestic abuse. The fallout from his ouster has left the White House plagued with questions over whether officials — most notably chief of staff John Kelly — new about the allegations against Porter.
The White House’s shifting explanations and morphing timeline of the controversy, as well FBI Director Christopher Wray’s sworn testimony on Tuesday morning contradicting those explanations, have prolonged the scandal.
In Cooper’s monologue, he explained how “the story magically, conveniently changed hours after the FBI Director testified about a timeline that directly contradicted what the White House had said just yesterday.”
He also analyzed the contradictory statements from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in her briefings this week.
Watch above, via CNN.
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