Project Veritas has released calls showing Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, repeatedly telling reporters to not “normalize” President Trump, encouraging them to emphasize “each” alleged scandal as “the one that is going to undo him with his voters.”
In the nearly three-minute-long video, obtained from the network’s daily editorial calls, Zucker can be heard telling reporters that CNN cannot “normalize” President Trump’s behavior. He later goes on to suggest that President Trump, following his COVID-19 contraction, may be under the influence of the “after effects of steroids”:
Okay, I just want to re-emphasize that, you know, I think we cannot normalize what has happened here in the last week with Trump and his behavior […] This is a President who knows he’s losing, who knows he’s in trouble, is sick, maybe is on, the after effects of steroids or not. I don’t know. But he is acting erratically and desperately, and we need to not normalize that.
In a separate call, Zucker hammers how President Trump’s demeanor cannot be “normalized” again:
You know, this is what we’ve come to expect for the last three and a half years, four years, but it clearly is exacerbated by the time that we’re in and the issues that he’s [Trump] dealing with. I think that we cannot just let it be normalized. He is all over the place and acting erratically, and I think we need to lean into that
Instead of reporting on the news, Zucker implores reporters to overplay each of President Trump’s alleged “scandals,” noting they ought to be “careful to say that this is the one that is going to undo him with his voters.”
Each of these so called “scandals” for Trump. Each of these things, we should just once again be careful to say that this is the one that is going to undo him with his voters.