During a Tuesday night interview with Kellyanne Conway, which focused on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, CNN's Anderson Cooper gave Conway a major eyeroll when she continuously deflected questions about the president's motivations behind Comey's ouster.
"When asked about the ongoing Russia investigation — or any other topic they’d rather not talk about — the Trump White House insists there is no point in ‘relitigating’ the past," Cillizza wrote in a Wednesday analysis of the interview.
He continued, "Asked during Tuesday's press briefing about the 18 day gap between when the White House learned national security adviser Michael Flynn may have been compromised by the Russians and when Trump fired Flynn, White House press secretary Sean Spicer responded: 'We're not going to relitigate the past on this. think we've been very clear as to what happened and why it happened. I think the president made the right decision, and we've moved on.'"
Cillizza noted that the problem with that defense lies within Trump's previous actions themselves.
"The problem with that defense is that Trump loves to relitigate the past — in particular the 2016 election. During an interview to mark his 100th day in office, Trump handed out electoral maps with the counties he won marked in red. At his 100 day speech in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania he went on a long tangent about how no one thought he could win Pennsylvania and then he did."
Referencing Cooper's eyeroll, Cillizza supported the action and wrote that it was "what we were all thinking," and added that it was the "right response" to Conway's comments.
"An eyeroll is the right response here," Cillizza concluded.
— Brenna Williams (@brennawilliams) May 10, 2017