Media Trolls Trump Over 'Shameful, Pathetic, Un-American' Cabinet Meeting
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer isn't the only one who's ridiculing President Donald Trump's first full cabinet meeting.
The panel assembled on CNN's "The Situation Room" on Monday mocked the compliment-heavy meeting where high-level government officials lined up to shower the president with praise.
Gloria Borger said it was "beyond a photo op," while Bianna Golodryga said it was "cringeworthy" and it reminded her of the opposite of why her parents brought her to the U.S. from the Soviet Union.
"Their leaders were forced to do that," Golodryga said. "The difference here is, they are not forced to do that, and you could see how uncomfortable the cabinet was in having to dole out these accolades. It was something you don’t do or bestow upon a five-year-old, much less the president of the United States.”
Phil Mudd agreed that it looked like a "Soviet-style meeting."
MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday also had a go, with the hosts and guests offering each other effusive praise.
Host Joe Scarborough got a little more serious, declaring the cabinet meeting "the most sick, shameful, pathetic, un-American, autocratic display."
"I will tell you if I were ever in meeting and people did that to me, I would say, Shut up.' And I would fire you," Scarborough said.
Pundits also took to social media to ridicule the meeting:
The American experiment in honorable and dignified self-government.
July 4, 1776 - June 12, 2017.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 12, 2017
Trump cabinet meeting is a fascinating depiction of what seems to be a meeting to pat Trump on the head and tell him he's a good boy.
— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) June 12, 2017
Can anyone who saw groveling session of a Cabinet mtng, were everyone sucked-up to Dear Leader, doubt Trump asked Comey to pledge loyalty??
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) June 12, 2017
Trump Cabinet meeting was like an episode of "Apprentice": Each person trying to outdo the last in praise of Trumphttps://t.co/caogFBV14R
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 12, 2017
Cringing so hard. https://t.co/yergPC3VKC
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) June 12, 2017
With tough love like this, it's shocking that they can't get Trump to act presidential... https://t.co/oH0OS5dYy6
— Brad Thor (@BradThor) June 12, 2017
This interminable cabinet spray, where everybody pays tribute to Trump, is one of the most exquisitely awkward public events I've ever seen.
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) June 12, 2017
The approval rating among cabinet members is sky high. https://t.co/ysBCjqSsnD
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) June 12, 2017
So? It's only decent to say grace before you swallow your dignity. https://t.co/KXIlX6hq9a
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) June 12, 2017
Turns out Trump isn't Julius Caesar, he's King Lear.
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) June 12, 2017
He absolutely would never ask anyone for loyalty though. Completely out of character. https://t.co/hVldvLyOtn
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 12, 2017
Trump’s Monday meeting started off with the president declaring his administration was on a record-setting pace, and he was one of the most productive presidents in American history.
Then, one by one, each of Trump's cabinet members pledged their appreciation to the president and thanked him for the opportunity to serve in his administration.
Meantime, Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, thought it was an extremely successful and encouraging meeting.
"It was wonderful," Carson said. "We talked about how we are going to get the American people working again and bring confidence back to people."
He said the nice thing about this particular cabinet is that they have multiple "operators" who know how to actually get things done.
"And you bring that business savvy in," he continued. "You start doing things that make sense based on evidence and not on ideology."
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