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Anderson Cooper: WH's Grisham Pretending To Be Unintentionally Ironic While Really Trying To Subvert Trump


CNN's Anderson Cooper suggests there's a hidden strategy behind White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham's appearances on Fox News.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: Time now for "The Ridiculist," and don't call it a comeback, but for the second night this week, Stephanie Grisham is back on "The Ridiculist." You didn't think I meant back in the White House briefing room doing her job, did you? No. Ms. Grisham doesn't play that game.

She actually can't go back because she's never been in that room doing a press briefing. She might have walked through it or, I don't know, gaggled or something, but never an actual formal press briefing. There hasn't been one of those in 304 days, old news, democracy. Tweets are better, rage tweets. Tweets.

Grisham is making more than $150,000 a year. She doesn't have time to step in that small, dank little room with all that free press sitting around. There's no telling what they might ask.

No, Grisham is back on "The Ridiculist" this week because even though possible war with Iran is on hold, she is still popping up on Fox News, firing on all cylinders, by which I mean, she continues to say things which appear meant to defend the President but actually point out the President's own failings.

I'm actually starting to think that Grisham may be just pretending to be unintentionally ironic and deeply hypocritical while in fact she's trying to secretly and subtly subvert the President.

Example, just a few days ago she was on Fox and was asked if she could specify the threats posed by Qassem Soleimani, threats that U.S. officials have used to justify the time of the attack. Without a shred of irony, this is what she said.


STEPHANIE GRISHAM, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: No, that's something -- it was an intel based decision and it saved American lives. And I think that that's what's most important. I know a lot of people are now questioning the intel. That's really unfortunate.


COOPER: See, she seems to be defending the President's decision, but then she ends it with attacking anyone who would question U.S. intelligence, saying that's really unfortunate that someone would question U.S. intelligence. Now, here's the genius of that. Who's the biggest questioner of U.S. intelligence? Her boss.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I've dealt with some people that aren't very intelligent having to do with intel.

I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You disagree with that assessment?

TRUMP: I have intel people. That doesn't mean I have to agree.

As I think you've all learned, the intelligence agencies have run amok.

When we waste our time with intelligence, that hurts our country because we had poor leadership at the top, that's not good.

My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be.


COOPER: And that's unfortunate. The President even questioned intelligence on Iran in the past. Here's the tweet. "The intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They're wrong." "Perhaps intelligence should go back to school."

Just side note, the man who once paid a $25 million settlement for running a fraudulent university told intelligence professionals to go back to school. That is actually unintentionally ironic.

Back do Grisham, though. It seems we aren't the only ones concerned over the lack of White House press briefings. Two mega best-selling authors have now made her a proposal. Take a look at this tweet from crime novelist Don Winslow. "To Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, I'm upping my offer to $100,000. Stephen King has agreed to put in $75,000. We will donate $175,000 to St. Jude in your name and help a lot of kids if you will take questions from the White House press corps for one hour in the White House briefing room."

CNN's Jake Tapper asked Ms. Grisham about that offer to which she replied, and listen to this, "If you have $200,000 to play with, why not just help children because it's a good thing to do? Donations to charity should never come with strings attached."

And there it is again. She just did it again. It's brilliant. Donations to charity should never come with strings attached. Guess who views charity in exactly a strings attached kind of way? The President. Here's his strings attached offer to President Obama.


TRUMP: I have a deal for the President, a deal that I don't believe he can refuse, and I hope he doesn't. If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications, and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give to a charity of his choice, Inner City Children in Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS research, anything he wants, a check immediately for $5 million.


COOPER: Yes, the champion of the more than likely racist and completely debunked conspiracy theory about President Obama was willing to donate $5 million to Inner City Kids in Chicago, the city he hates, if President Obama would play along with the more than likely racist, and I think we can just say racist and completely debunked conspiracy theory.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) TRUMP: Frankly, it's a check that I very much want to write. I absolutely would be the most happy of all if I did, in fact, make this contribution through the President to these charities. One caveat, the records must be given by October 31st at 5:00 in the afternoon.


COOPER: That is called strings attached. So Stephanie Grisham, it has been a big week for you and I see your long game. I see what you're doing. That's why you were so quick to echo the President when he called those never-Trumpers human scum. You were like a deep cover asset for the resistance inside the White House.

But don't worry, your secret is safe with us, President Trump never watches CNN. So keep sending those messages on Fox. He'll never notice how much you're pointing out his own hypocrisy on "The Ridiculist."

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