Panelists Martin O'Malley, former democratic candidate for president; Jan Brewer, former Arizona governor; Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia Attorney General; and Nina Turner, former Ohio state senator; join State of the Union for a discussion on Donald Trump's "racism and fascism."
O’Malley, the former Maryland governor who ran in the Democratic primary and is now backing Hillary Clinton, said: "Donald Trump is a bigot. Donald Trump is a racist. Donald Trump in fact is making fascist appeals."
Former Arizona governor Jan Brewer called this "offensive."
"Dang it, I get fed up that we hear over and over and over again from the president of the United States that every time somebody wants to support the Constitution and the rule of law that we are out there because we are racists and bigots," she said.
Transcript, via CNN:
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We don't have time for charlatans and we don't have time for hatred, and we don't have time for bigotry, and we don't have time for flim-flam, and we don't have the luxury of just popping off and saying whatever comes to the top of our heads.
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TAPPER: Attack-dog-in-chief on the stump this weekend in Washington State. Here with me to talk about this and everything else, Martin O'Malley, former Democratic candidate for president and governor of Maryland, now a Clinton supporter, former Arizona governor Jan Brewer who backs Donald Trump, Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia attorney general who has endorsed Ted Cruz, and Nina Turner, former Ohio state senator and backer of Bernie Sanders.
Governor Brewer let me talk to you first. Some tough words from President Obama calling Donald Trump a charlatan and a flim-flam man. Do you think that this ultimately might hurt him, Donald Trump?
JAN BREWER (R), FORMER ARIZONA GOVERNOR: No, I don't believe it. President Obama just always comes tearing after Republicans constantly. Calling names and calling people bigots and racists, and that's their big comeback and absolutely ridiculous.
TAPPER: It's actually an interesting point though, governor --
BREWER: To see a president speak like that is offensive, period.
TAPPER: But we've heard President Obama in three -- this will be the third presidential election where President Obama has understandably gone after the Republican nominee twice. They were challenging him directly. Is there kind of like a built-in numbness that the American public might have to this, given that he's gone after Mitt Romney and John McCain and now it's Donald Trump. I mean, maybe they just tune it out.
BREWER: And me.
MARTIN O'MALLEY (D), FORMER MARYLAND GOVERNOR: No, I think that --
TAPPER: Have he went after you? Is that what you're saying?
O'MALLEY: I think there's something very, very different here, Jake. Governor Brewer, President Obama doesn't say this about all Republicans but he does say rightly that Donald Trump is a bigot. Donald Trump is a racist. Donald Trump in fact is making fascist appeals. That's why many self-respecting Republicans are not supporting Donald Trump for president.
Look, being president of the United States is the toughest job in the world and I can tell you, as someone who has worked with Secretary Clinton and competed against her that she is a tough person who is ready to do this job. Donald Trump is an unstable charlatan who is appealing to the worst instincts in people, and I believe ultimately the American people are going to reject that. This is a very different sort of candidacy. This is not the party of Lincoln.
TAPPER: Let me, Ken --
BREWER: You know, Martin.
TAPPER: OK. Governor Brewer.
BREWER: Martin, you know --
O'MALLEY: Yes, Governor Brewer?
BREWER: We need to discuss policy and every time with...
O'MALLEY: I'm willing to do that. Let's talk about immigration, governor.
BREWER: ... President Obama and Hillary Clinton, every time you disagree with them it doesn't matter which subject it is, you're a bigot or you're a racist.
O'MALLEY: No, that's not true. Let's talk about --
BREWER: ... immigration until we go on all night. Absolutely.