The set of CNN’s “State of the Union” was set on fire on Sunday during a blistering exchange involving host Jake Tapper and a senior adviser to President Donald Trump.
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller appeared on the show to discuss Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” But it quickly devolved into Miller destroying Wolff, Steve Bannon whose quotes are featured in the book, Tapper himself and CNN.
“It’s tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and, obviously, so vindictive … the whole White House staff is deeply disappointed in his comments,” Miller told Tapper. “With respect to the Trump Tower meeting, he wasn’t even there when it went down, so he is not really a remotely credible source on any of it.”
“Your network has been going 24-7 with all of the salacious coverage, and I know that it brings a lot of you guys a lot of joy to try to stick the knife in,” Miller said.
Miller said that “so called geniuses” did not see that President Trump was going to win the presidential election. Tapper fired back that the only person who called himself a genius recently was President Trump.
“Which happens to be a true statement,” Miller said.
And that is when the interview went off the rails.
“I’m sure he’s watching this on TV and is very happy that you said that,” Tapper said which caused Miller to call him “condescending.”
Tapper then mentioned the travel ban and Miller obliterated him.
“I’m so glad you brought [the travel ban] up, because that’s one of the fake news items in the book,” he said. “I would happen to know better than you would, Jake, about how the travel ban was written.”
“Let me ask this question,” Tapper said, but Miller was having none of that.
“No, because you have 24 hours of negative anti-Trump, hysterical coverage on this network that led, in recent weeks, to some spectacularly embarrassing false reporting,” he said.
“I think the viewers right now can ascertain who’s being hysterical,” Tapper fired back.
“No, the viewers are entitled to have three months [sic] of the truth, why don’t you just give me three minutes to give the truth about the Donald Trump that I know,” Miller shot back.
“Because it’s my show and I don’t want to do that,” Tapper replied like a baby.
“Settle down, settle down. Calm down. I have a question for you about issues,” Tapper said before asking Miller if Bannon had as minor of a role in President Trump’s administration as is now being portrayed.
“I think that what the point is is that his role has been greatly exaggerated, whereas the president hasn’t gotten the due that he deserved on the movement that he put together to tap into the type of people whose life concerns don’t get a lot of attention on CNN,” Miller said. “He tapped into a reality that is happening in this country that is not covered on this network. And I know you think I’m interrupting you, but frankly, the American people deserve to have two or three minutes of the truth. And here’s the truth: I’ve traveled with Donald Trump all across the country and the world. I would be with the president with a campaign plan with a rally in 20 minutes and he would be…”
Tapper asked if Miller thought the president’s tweets on Saturday, in which he called himself a “stable genius” helped him.
“Not only do I think helping, but I think in the toxic environment that you’ve created here … which is a real crisis of legitimacy for your network, and we saw it, of course, with the extremely fake news you reported about the Don Jr. and Wikileaks story. That was a huge embarrassment for your network,” he said as Tapper attempted to stop him. “Just like the huge embarrassment you had when you got the Comey testimony wrong.”
“Stephen, I’m trying to get to the issue of the president’s fitness, which a lot of people are…” Tapper said.
“Well, I’m getting to the issue of your fitness,” Miller responded. “But the president’s tweets absolutely reaffirm the plain-spoken truth: A self-made billionaire revolutionized reality TV and tapped into something magical that’s happening in the hearts of this country.”
“The president has an approval rating in the 30s. I don’t know what ‘magical’ you’re talking about,” Tapper shot back.
Tapper claimed that Miller was only concerned with impressing “one viewer.” That being President Trump.
“I get it, there is one viewer that you care about right now and you’re being obsequious … to please him,” Tapper said before he cut off Miller. “I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time. Thank you, Stephen.”
If Miller was attempting to impress the president he did a fine job, as President Trump tweeted after the interview.
Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration. Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2018