CNN analyst April Ryan said last week that President Donald Trump was trying to become a “dictator” and suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin was fooling him.
Ryan argued that as Trump saw backlash over his trade policies, he was less able to act like the dictator he wanted to be. “Donald Trump thinks he can do whatever he wants to this world and this nation and it’s not happening,” she said.
“People are rising up, the farmers are rising up, his base. People are saying ‘no more.’ Veterans are not showing up like he wants them to at rallies,” she added.
Ryan further argued that the United States was “going down a line of a dictatorship.” “The rule of law is gone now,” she said, referring to how Trump wanted to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
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“Russia and China, that’s what we are,” she added.
Ryan also quoted rapper Jay-Z, whom she considered a “prolific philosopher,” in order to illustrate how Putin treated Trump.
“It reminds me of a song. Jay-Z. Prolific rapper. Prolific philosopher. I’m taking a quote from him. Putin has got Donald Trump big pimping—big pimping Donald Trump right now,” she said.