A previous host from CNN, Chris Cuomo, known for his critical views of Donald Trump, expressed a shift in stance regarding the former U.S. president.
Speaking with podcast host Patrick Bet-David, Cuomo, 53, entertained a range of discussions, including the possibility of a second Trump administration. In a surprising response to Bet-David's query about the 2024 presidential election, Cuomo indicated openness to the idea of voting for Trump if he faced off against President Joe Biden.
“I am always open,” Cuomo said. “And I’ll tell you that people sell bulls***, ‘You’ve never voted for a Republican in your life.’ Wrong. And not only have I, the first vote I ever cast was for a Republican.”
“I don’t think there’s any greater risk to America with him than with Biden,” he continued. “And for people who are now going to attack me and say, ‘What are you talking about? Trump is like this crazy man.’ Well, look — you know — as Patrick says, ‘the data is the data.’ Nobody was trying to kill us when Trump was president in a way that they’re not now — if anything, there’s more hostility, and you can have reasons for that any way you want.”
Cuomo, currently an anchor at NewsNation, expressed his lack of existential fear towards another term under either Trump or Biden, stating, "Unlike many people in America, I believe that the country is much stronger than any individual leader."
“We survived the Russia thing,” he said. “We survived January 6. We survived having Biden as a gaffe machine. We survived Congress, going after each other and doing nothing for the rest of us. We survive these things.”
Cuomo's tenure at CNN ended in December 2021 amid an investigation into his role in assisting his brother, then-Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, during a sexual misconduct scandal.
Prior to his departure from the network, Cuomo was known for his strong criticisms of Trump during his presidential term.
In a newscast from December 2020, Cuomo referred to Trump as “the worst president ever” following Trump's pardoning of several close associates, including political consultant Roger Stone, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former national security adviser Lieutenant General Michael Flynn.
“I hope you decide to accept it once and for all,” Cuomo said at the time. “It is the gift of ultimate clarity about this outgoing president. Democrats, Independents, real Republicans, you all now know just based on the last 24 hours alone, this guy is the worst ever.”
“[Trump] is the worst president we have ever seen. Period,” Cuomo added.
After joining NewsNation, Cuomo committed to objective reporting, addressing past accusations of biased journalism during his time at CNN.
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