CNN's Chris Cuomo and host of New Day had a contention battle with the Trump campaign's big gun Paul Manafort over the plagiarism charges that most everyone agrees occurred in Melania's speech.
The two sparred for almost eight straight minutes when Paul Manafort refused to acknowledge that some sections of Mrs. Trump's speech were copied from Michele Obama.
When Cuomo stated that "some of those words came from Michelle Obama," Manafort stoically said they were just "common words."
Later in the interview Cuomo said that if Trump is going to make the case that Hillary Clinton is a liar, then why act like one now.
He said, "You don't like that you got caught with some of Michele Obama's language in the speech" and the campaign doesn't like to admit any wrong doings and "you just deny it no matter whether it is true or not,”
Cuomo continued. “Whether it is the man who has a developmental disability who works for The New York Times, and Donald Trump mocks him and then says, ‘No, I didn't.’ Whether it is a star that represents the star of David, and you say, ‘No, it is a sheriff's star.’
There is a pattern, whether it is Baron, John Miller, that was really Donald Trump. There is a pattern of denying the obvious. What happens when you're running the government of the United States and you don't want to deal with what happens then? That's the concern. That's why I don;t understand you just won't won this little thing and move on.”
Manafort gave him that creepy little smile and blamed the media for "not being prepared for what's really going on here."
"Look at why it's working and not why it's failing."
They continued battling...
“I can't move on,” Cuomo said. “Because you keep lying about it, so I can't move on from it.”
“Chris, I'm not lying about anything,” Manafort said.
“What is true: Did the language, did a portion of the language of that speech come from Michelle Obama’s speech, yes or no?”
“As far as we're concerned, there are similar words that were used,” Manafort said. “We've said that. But the feelings of those words, and the commonality of those words do not create a situation which we feel we have to agree with you. You want to have that opinion, fine.”
“It is not an opinion. That's the problem,” Cuomo replied.