'Don't Slur Your Fellow Republicans': CNN Contributor Shuts Down Trump Supporter Steve Cortes' Shameful Defense of the President

Even Steve Cortes, a long-time supporter of President Donald Trump, balked at the president's mocking of the Me Too Movement in a recent campaign speech. But in an appearance on CNN Friday night, he quickly moved from rejecting the remark to defending the president.


"I wish he hadn't mentioned it," Cortes said. "That was a mistake."

He continued: "But here's the thing with this president... He's so authentic, both for good and bad. He speaks to us, not in a lawyerly and measured way, but the way normal people speak to each other at a bowling alley or the church parking lot or a bar. He speaks in a very colloquial, and authentic, and vernacular way to the American people, and that they understand."

CNN contributor Joan Walsh was appalled at Cortes' defense of Trump — which was particularly ironic, given recent complaints about "incivility" on among Democrats. 

"I have Republicans in my family. I have people I love who are Republicans," she said. "I literally never heard anyone talk the way Donald Trump does. Literally never. So don't slur your fellow Republicans or people in my family by saying that this is just the way people talk, because it isn't. And secondarily, to mock the Me Too Movement when you have been credibly accused by a dozen women or more of sexual harassment or even abuse yourself... He is speaking to men. he is speaking to his idea of men, and he wants to go into 2018 and 2020 doubling down on his support with men."

"Only 32 percent of American women say he's doing a good job," she added. "So good luck with that. Take that to the polls in November 2018 and 2020. I think you'll be very sorry."

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