CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter ripped into President Trump’s “disgusting” Sunday tweet boasting about his TV ratings as “people are dying.”
On CNN, I said people are dying while Trump is talking about his ratings. It is beneath any human being. Trump's inner circle needs to intervene. https://t.co/toCDou4cAv
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 29, 2020
Trump sparked outrage with a boastful tweet that included a quote from a March 25 New York Times article titled, ‘Trump’s Briefings Are a Ratings Hit. Should Networks Cover Them Live?’
Trump tweeted, in part: “President Trump is a ratings hit. Since reviving the daily White House briefing Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of ‘The Bachelor.’ Numbers are continuing to rise…”
“President Trump is a ratings hit. Since reviving the daily White House briefing Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of ‘The Bachelor.’ Numbers are continuing to rise…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
Stelter on Sunday revealed how Trump would send him articles about his Apprentice show in the past, where he would brag about how well he was doing and how great the show was.
“The fact that he’s still doing it today is disgusting,” Stelter said. “We are talking about a pandemic here on CNN, the president is on Twitter talking about the ratings for his briefings!”
Brian Stelter is finally through. pic.twitter.com/wkPY5nN1tc
— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Politidope) March 29, 2020
“People are dying and the president is talking about his ratings,” he repeated with disgust. “It’s beneath any human being.”
Stelter said that he felt there needs to be some sort of intervention with Trump by someone in his family or members of his cabinet.
“They all have a responsibility to get him back on track, to get him away from talking about ratings,” he said.
Stelter noted that Trump has used his daily White House “briefings as a stage for the Trump show is a recreation of the rallies.”
He continued, “What nobody benefits from is tweets and backslaps about ratings and about his own popularity.”
“Think about the folks who are in hospitals right now,” he said. “How do they possibly benefit from him tweeting about Harry and Meghan or about ratings?”