CNN Historian Doug Brinkley Cheers Big Tech Censorship, Says Trump Is ‘Toast’

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It’s obvious that if CNN has a historian on staff, that historian is going to toe the CNN line. In the wee hours of Saturday night, CNN Newsroom brought on liberal historian Douglas Brinkley to cheer Big Tech companies censoring “right-wing extreme apps” and proclaimed “Donald Trump is toast in American history” after the dreadful riots at the Capitol. 

Bolduan weirdly asked “has the country ever been somewhere like this before?” Brinkley made the obvious point to this playing dumb, that we’ve seen presidents assassinated and “our times aren’t uniquely perilous.” But Brinkley saw censorship as a sign of hope: 

BRINKLEY :We are going through a bad patch right now but I wouldn’t give up on American democracy, and I would bet that you’ll see this peaceful transfer of power with Mike Pence stepping in for Donald Trump and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being sworn in. You’re going to have the Secret Service providing security for that event, which should be stronger than the Capitol Police. And but there’s no question. This age of social media that we live in now is creating hate platforms in the U.S. and we’re going to have to find a way to get that under control and we see the start of it with President Trump being pulled from Twitter and Google and Apple not carrying right-wing extreme apps. 

While private companies have the right to do as they please with their property, Brinkley revealed what a Democratic hack he is by feigning concern for democracy and then expressing his exhilaration for companies colluding together to take down any platform that seems to give Trump and his supporters a venue to speak on the internet. 

Then came CNN’s favorite part, proclaiming Trump the worst president of all time.

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BOLDUAN: You know, we’ve heard from so many people, critics and supporters of the president saying that, you know, he’s destroyed his legacy with the events of Wednesday and his role in it. What does that mean? How much does this matter in the scope of the American presidency and the legacy of the American president?

BRINKLEY:  Donald Trump is toast in American history. He’s betrayed the country. Sedition. Words like treason will be around him. Divider, not a uniter. Xenophobia. Racism. Bigotry. You know, the worst president in U.S. History is usually James Buchanan, who was a good person. He just did a lot of inaction to try to stop the country from the Civil War. We’ve had presidents like Warren Harding and Richard Nixon with corruption. But, what President Trump has done, and is doing as I’m talking to you, the fact that the American flag is not at half mast for five dead from the Capitol riot, it’s just another indication of the lack of respect. And here’s a president who’s denounced American armed forces, mocked our troops. This is not somebody going down well in history and it looks like he may be headed for the Double I, the only president in American history to be impeached twice if the Congress starts proceeding as they are claiming they are tomorrow. 

This historian has a history of making extremely hyperbolic and hateful statements about Trump. Just this year, Brinkley gloated about Trump contracting COVID, compared him to the founder of the American Nazi party, predicted his tax returns will put him in prison, labeled him as “an abomination,” and asserted he would form a “shadow government” with Rush Limbaugh. 

When it comes to Democrats, Brinkley sings a completely different tune. Brinkley was such a sycophant for Barack Obama that the Media Research Center gave him the “Last Gasp Obamagasm Award” at the MRC’s 2017 DisHonors Awards. He won the not so honorable award for stating on CNN that “When you rank Presidents on ethical standards, Barack Obama’s the highest.” He also gushed over the plans for Joe Biden’s inauguration and promised that Biden “will give a good inaugural speech.”

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Read the full January 10th transcript here:

CNN Newsroom

1/10/21

12:38:42 AM

KATE BOLDUAN: What about how history will view and judge the events of this week? Joining me right now for some perspective on that is CNN presidential historian, Doug Brinkley. It’s good to see you. Thanks for coming on, Doug. So, this deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, incited by the sitting President of the United States, cabinet secretaries are resigning, a second impeachment vote is coming. Just days, all, before the inauguration. I mean, just — that’s not even all the data points that I could lay out. Has — has the country ever been somewhere like this, before? 

DOUGLAS BRINKLEY (CNN PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN):  Well — well, I like to say that the point of American history is always to remember that our own times aren’t uniquely perilous. We have a — a — a history of issues. I mean, Andrew Johnson never came to the inaugural of Ulysses S. Grant’s. We’ve had assassinations of presidents. There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a brutal year in the United States, politically, but also with COVID-19. So, it’s rough. We are going through a bad patch right now but I wouldn’t give up on American democracy, and I would bet that you’ll see this peaceful transfer of power with Mike Pence stepping in for Donald Trump and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being sworn in. You’re going to have the Secret Service providing security for that event, which should be stronger than the capitol police. And but — but there’s no question. This age of social media that we live in now is creating hate platforms in the U.S. and we’re going to have to find a way to get that under control and we see the start of it with President Trump being pulled from Twitter and Google and Apple not covering — carrying right-wing extreme apps. 

BOLDUAN: You know, we’ve heard from so many people, critics and supporters of the President, saying that, you know, he’s destroyed his legacy with the events of Wednesday and his role in it. What does that mean? How much does this matter in the scope of the American presidency and the legacy of the American president? 

BRINKLEY: Donald Trump is toast in American history. He’s betrayed the country. Sedition. Words like treason will be around him. Divider, not a uniter. Xenophobia. Racism. Bigotry. You know, the worst president in U.S. History is usually James Buchanan, who — who was a good person. He just did a lot of inaction to try to stop the country from the Civil War. We’ve had presidents like Warren Harding and Richard Nixon with corruption. But, what President Trump has done, and is doing as I’m talking to you, the fact that the American flag is not at half mass for five dead from the capitol riot, it — it — it’s just another indication of the lack of respect. And here’s a president who’s denounced American armed forces, mocked our troops. This is not somebody going down well in history and it looks like he may be headed for the double I, the only president in American history to impeached — be impeached twice if the Congress starts proceeding as they are claiming they are tomorrow. 

BOLDUAN: The President said Friday that he’s not going to be attending Biden’s inauguration. And Joe Biden responded saying that it was, you know, a good thing that Donald Trump was not. And I — I — I was curious, if you thought it was a good thing?

BRINKLEY: You know, I never did, up until January 6th, 2021. I always thought, even as bad as it is, it would be good for President Trump to be there because this transfer of power is sort of the crown-jewel moment of American democracy. It’s a very special, kind of, sacred moment. But, after what happened on January 6th, he doesn’t — nobody wants to see Donald Trump on a platform. He can go back to Mar-a-Lago. He could go to wherever he wants to go. He’s lost his contract with the American people, and — and he’s just now — he walks around like a — a bull carrying his own China shop around with him. The Vice President of the United States, Kate, just tonight, has been letting the press know that there’s still — he’s still open to the idea of the 25th Amendment. Unlikely, be very extreme, but the very fact that the — our Vice President is saying the President’s deranged and unstable, ostensibly, tells you that he doesn’t need to be in Washington, D.C. for the inaugural and — and he’s not going to be.

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