The in-artful dodge: CNN Grills Rep. Meeks and he can't seem to give Trump credit for anything

Side effects of Trump Derangement Syndrome include: rage, inability to avoid the patriarchy, sensitivity to microaggressions, victim complex, inability to conduct reasonable conversations, blurred vision while shifting genders, bloating, chronic whining, preoccupation with defending “minority cultures,” hatred of men, susceptibility to mansplaining/manspreading and denial. Call your doctor immediately if you experience chest pains, sudden pink hair or thoughts of feminism.

Sadly, I must report that Congressman Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York, has been showing signs of advancing Trump Derangement Syndrome. Yesterday, during an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow and John Berman, Congressman Meeks displayed the unnerving symptoms of a contaminated patient. Most of all, he showed a profound sense of denial.

This conversation is fairly long, mostly because Rep. Meeks does such a masterful, cringe-inducing job of caking his Trump hatred with passive voice and insinuation. His symptoms emerge in the form of an elaborate form of vocal and ideological gymnastics:

BERMAN: All right, this morning, breaking news out of North Korea, maybe. The three Americans detained there could be released imminently. About an hour ago, the president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said it would happen today. Not clear how he would know that or what he knows exactly. The White House has not put out any kind of official statement. Sarah Sanders says moments ago she has no immediate news on it. The president did sort of hint that it might happen last night. This is what he wrote. He wrote, stay tuned. He also slammed the Obama administration for not freeing the three men while President Obama was in office.

HARLOW: I should note that two of those Americans were detained after President Trump took office.

Let's talk about this with Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks, member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Appreciate you being with us.

MEEKS: Good being with you.

HARLOW: No doubt everyone would welcome the return of these three American citizens and let's hope that Rudy Giuliani is correct and that they're on their way home.

MEEKS: Right.

HARLOW: We just don't know. If it -- if it happens, does the president deserve credit?

MEEKS: President Moon does of South Korea.

HARLOW: Does president -- does President Trump deserve credit if these three Americans come home?

MEEKS: I think that -- I think that, number one, we want to make sure that they come home. And if anybody had anything to do with it, I'm happy. I want -- I want American citizens to come home.

But when I look at the whole deal with North Korea, it seems to me that all of what was started was started with President Moon. And President Moon has been doing a lot of the negotiations and been talking to the North Koreans and talking to the Chinese behind the scenes and trying to work to make this happen because he knew when he heard President Trump say that President Trump would not go back to South Korea if he decided to attack North Korea, that's when the negotiations started taking place with North Korea. He left, he went to North Korea and started talking --

HARLOW: President Moon said President Trump deserves a lot of credit.

MEEKS: Well, yes. So --

BERMAN: But, you know, even in your interpretation of it, President Trump didn't get in the way. I mean doesn't he deserve credit then for creating -- or being part of this atmosphere where these three Americans may come home and these talks might happen?

MEEKS: I am glad that we get our Americans -- if we get our American detainees home, it's a positive thing. And a number of individuals could take credit.

BERMAN: Is he one of them?

MEEKS: But I am saying that if you talk about the whole North Korea/South Korean peace, the reason why we are where we are is President Moon.

HARLOW: It seems like you're doing everything you can to not say that the president deserves credit. I'm wondering if you think he's not doing -- I mean is he doing a better job, for instance, than the Obama administration did, or the Bush administration, or the Clinton administration, handling North Korea right now?

MEEKS: No, and that's why I wanted to be clear in regards, as opposed to saying, just because of these three, that the whole scenario with North Korea and South Korea, you know, it started with the South. President Moon got elected based upon the fact that he wanted a better relationship with North Korea. And he went about doing it at the same time that President Trump was calling him rocket man, et cetera.

And the key in the change of direction of -- with South -- with North Korea was when, you know, President Moon said to his people, well, President Trump would not do anything against us. And he said, well, I don't have to go to South Korea to get approval to strike North Korea. And that seemed to be the point where things started to change. Moon went over and started having dialogue and then (INAUDIBLE).

BERMAN: But even then -- even then President Trump was a part of that equation. I will note that.

Luckily, Trump Derangement Syndrome is treatable. There is a cure. Of course, there are many people who are just immune to the cure --- they are incurable. Most people, however, can be saved.

Ingredients for the cure include: humanity, belief in others, logic, common sense, optimism, greater selflessness, personal responsibility and the critical reasoning of the average 4th grader. If you are faced with someone who is stricken with the syndrome, stay calm.

Show them your humanity, your kindness, your ability to be strong.

It is rarely contagious. Do not let their hysteria enflame your senses --- that is what they want.

Instead, show them your humanity, your kindness, your ability to be strong, and maybe --- hopefully --- they will see you, not as a video game villain, but as the person you are, with all the great things you have to offer.

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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