That’s the point CNN’s Anderson Cooper made Tuesday night when he began his show with a candid, compelling analysis of Trump’s unprecedented defense of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump had said during a news conference earlier in the day that many of the rally attendees were “very fine people.” He also criticized far-left activists protesting the event much more harshly than he did the white supremacists.
“A few hours ago, the president of the United States revealed to us so clearly who he really is,” Cooper said, questioning, “whether he can ever be a president for all people or just for white ones, a president for people of all beliefs or just the alt-right.”
Cooper interspersed his monologue with some of the more startling moments from Trump’s remarks, including the president’s claim that he “wanted to see the facts” before responding to the unrest in Charlottesville.
“If there is anything we already know about this president, it’s that he does not wait for facts to become clear before speaking,” the CNN host said. “Has any president in modern history lied so frequently and so fast as this one?”
Watch more of his takedown in the video above.