In an heated interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, President Donald Trump’s deputy assistant ripped the network for having lower ratings than “Nick at Nite cartoons.”
The interview between Camerota and deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka started tame when the two spoke about the strategy of defeating ISIS in the city of Mosul.
But moments later, things started to get testy.
Camerota changed the topic of the interview to the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia. She asked Gorka if he thought it was a good idea for Donald J. Trump Jr. to have a meeting with a Russian lawyer that had ties to the Kremlin, as had been recently reported — Trump Jr. released an email strand of his communications with the lawyer later in the day.
In Gorka’s response, he fired back at Camerota, asking if it was appropriate for the Democratic National Committee “to sent its operatives to the Ukranian Embassy,” which had been reported in January.
Gorka wasn’t a fan of Camerota’s response when she asked if it was “possible that your team is obsessed with the Clintons.”
“No, we’d like you to actually do your job,” Gorka said.” You aren’t in the news business anymore. You used to be. You are in the attacking President Trump business and it’s sad, it’s really sad.”
Later on in the interview, Gorka took even more jabs at CNN: “The amount of time you spend in desperation on a topic that has plummeted you to 13th place in viewership ranking across America, more people watch Nick at Nite cartoons than CNN today.”
Looking at the ratings themselves, CNN’s viewership is up almost 50 percent year-over-year in the last quarter, but has taken a noticeable dip in recent weeks.
According to The Hill, recent ratings show Fox News at No. 1 and MSNBC at No. 2 in basica calbe while CNN ranks No. 13 behind Nickelodeon.
Later in the day, Gorka did another interview, this time with MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle. At the very end of the interview, Gorka said that the Trump administration has been “crushing it” on all aspects, saying the president is able to do it from any location.
Ruhle responded by saying, “The White House doesn’t ‘crush’ a stock market, but I do appreciate your time.”
Gorka explained what he meant in his response when he said “that’s a phrase, it’s a common phrase. It means winning.”
Ruhle sarcastically responded, “Thanks for helping me with a common phrase, ‘crushing it.’ Appreciate it.”
Watch a video of that exchange below.