A CNN debate about civility between a defender of the president and a vociferous critic predictably devolved into an angry shouting match.
Trump 2020 reelection advisory council member Rob Astorino battled it out with former Clinton White House aide Keith Boykin on Erin Burnett’s CNN show Wednesday.
They were discussing whether President Donald Trump had improperly attacked his Democratic detractors while visiting the survivors of two mass murder attacks.
Astorino immediately pivoted into criticizing the media for blaming the president for the attacks while a visibly weary Boykin waited his turn to announce that he didn’t want to debate the issue anymore.
“What can you say to what Rob just said?” Boykin said incredulously.
“You can say you agree!” Astorino joked.
“It’s utter nonsense, I’m tired of having this discussion over and over again,” Boykin announced.
“We all know that Donald Trump is responsible for fanning the flames,” he added.
“Oh, and pulling the trigger as they’ve said?” Astorino interrupted. Boykin sighed in exasperation.
Astorino pointed out that presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had already been raising money based on the massacres, when Boykin countered that the president released a “campaign ad” of his visit to the families.
“Rob, Rob, you know, I don’t even know what to think about what you’re saying now, because it’s all lies!” Boykin exclaimed.
Having recovered his desire to debate, Boykin listed all the people and outlets that the president attacked.
“The Senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown (D), the mayor of Dayton Nan Whaley, (Sen.) Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Beto O’Rourke, (Sen.) Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Shepard Smith, Fox News, the New York Times, the quote unquote lame stream media and CNN,” he said loudly.
“Those are the people who Donald Trump attacked just today on Twitter while he’s supposed to be trying to unify the country after 31 people were shot and killed in El Paso and Dayton,” Boykin continued.
“And you are gonna sit here and tell me the Democrats are responsible, and not the president of the United States?!” he hollored. “Where does the buck stop, Rob?!”
Astorino laughed during Boykin’s outburst.
“I’m sick and tired of having this conversation with you over and over again, you know better, this is ridiculous!” Boykin angrily yelled. “Why are we doing this?!”
The debate on civility ended appropriately without any agreement.
Here’s the furious debate on civility:
CNN panel clashes over Trump attacks