Former Trump campaign adviser was shut down by CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday night when the host used Donald Trump’s own words against him.
Ex-Trump adviser Steve Cortes attempted to defend the president after the statements Trump had made about former staff secretary Rob Porter.
Cortes began his argument by saying Trump cares about the Latino community.
“As a brown man, who the president has, by the way, not only treated me incredibly well, but that’s really beside the point,” Cortes said, “he’s treated my community incredibly well.”
Then he went on to add that unemployment among blacks and Latinos is at record lows.
“This continual idea that we’re going to paint the president as a racist because we’d rather not talk about policy,” the former adviser said. That’s when Cooper cut him off.
“I didn’t say he’s a racist,” the host noted. “He does defend white abusers.”
Cooper brought the conversation back to the topic of domestic violence and how Trump praised Porter even after two of his ex-wives accused him of abuse.
“I think he could have been more explicit about the victims of domestic abuse and how domestic violence is never okay,” Cortes said. “Please put yourself in his shoes for a moment. He doesn’t know Rob Porter in that way. [White House chief of staff John] Kelly didn’t know him in that way. They knew him in a professional setting where apparently he was exceptional.”
“Do you need to go out of your way to then praise them for their actions in a professional setting?” Cooper queried.
“I have gone over his statements,” the one-time adviser shot back. “He said it is sad for people in the White House and he knows that Rob Porter is sad as well. and that is it.”
Cooper then shot back at Cortes by replaying the clip of Trump praising Porter.
“It’s obviously a tough time for him,” Trump told reporters earlier in the day, “He did a good job when he was in the White House, and we hope he has a wonderful career.”
He later suggested reporters must take into account that Porter “says he’s innocent.”
Take a look at the argument in the video clip below: