CNN Guest Lecturer Ripped Trump's July 4 Speech as a Tawdry 'Spectacle' in Advance

NewsBusters | 7/4/2019 | Staff
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Looking back after President Trump's inspirational and unifying speech on Thursday night, it's embarrassing for CNN that they were dumping all over this celebration the night before.

On Wednesday's CNN Tonight, as she was substituting for Don Lemon, CNN legal analyst Laura Coates uncorked a commentary attacking President Donald Trump for holding a flashy July 4 celebration at the same time that thousands of illegal immigrants are being held in overcrowded detention centers.

Coates - Hour - Fourth - July - Birth

Coates began the hour: "on this Fourth of July eve as we all prepare to celebrate the birth of America, all of Washington is scrambling to prepare for an event that the president promises this will be the show of a lifetime, designed to satisfy an audience of one. "

Then she added: "There are rumblings tonight that things may not turn out the way the president wants. A source telling CNN that military chiefs fear the whole thing will amount to a campaign event with the armed forces front and center. The Washington Post is reporting that there are worries that the crowd may not meet the president's expectations. And we all know what happens when a crowd doesn't meet the president's expectations." Then she played Sean Spicer in 2017 claiming the Inauguration crowd was the largest ever.

Coates - Rant - Pm

Coates continued her rant at 10:23 pm:

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LAURA - COATES - President - Show - Lifetime

LAURA COATES: The president tweeting "It will be the show of a lifetime." Indeed it will be a spectacle, but one that pales in comparison to the unconscionable spectacle that is the humanitarian crisis at our Southern border. Human beings treated like animals because they have the audacity to seek a more dignified existence for themselves and their families. The nerve of it all.

This is the spectacle I'm talking about -- photos of migrants inside detention centers, crammed into cages. A report by...
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