Political Specialists Debate Trump's Influence on American Presidency at UVA
Four political pundits took the stage at the University of Virginia to debate whether or not President Donald Trump has changed the American presidency.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Four political pundits took the stage at the University of Virginia to debate whether or not President Donald Trump has changed the American presidency.
Former Trump staffer Marc Short, Republican strategist Ana Navarro, Democratic strategist Symone Sanders, and Fox News political analyst Brit Hume all weighed in, and they weren’t always in agreement.
“Has Donald trump changed the presidency?” Navarro asked. “The answer is ‘yes.’”
During the UVA Center for Politics forum on Tuesday, September 12, Navarro did not hold back.
“I’m so old, I even remember when Republicans were against adulterer presidents,” Navarro said. “We are in a place where it has become acceptable to cheat on your wife with a Playboy bunny and a stripper simultaneously,” Navarro said.
Newly appointed Miller Center fellow and former Trump aide Marc Short came to his former boss's defense.
“Every president's changed the presidency in their own way,” Short said. “I think Obama changed the presidency, I think Bush changed the presidency, will it ever be the same? It will never be the same and it never has been.”
Short asked people to look past Trump’s tweets and see the results he has produced.
“He’s doing exactly what he said he was going to do,” Short said. “And so while there’s a lot of consternation about the process and the way it operates, at some point I think we also have to look at what is actually being achieved in this presidency.”
Fox News political analyst Brit Hume agreed, saying there are two very different Trumps, one in the Oval Office and one in the White House residence.
“It’s as if he goes to the residence and becomes a doppelgänger and gets in the sandbox and publishes these tweets, which may thrill his base but a lot of times get him into gratuitous trouble he could easily avoid,” Hume said.
Democratic strategist Symone Sanders called out the president, saying he has a tendency to stretch the truth.
“Who the president is matters and what the president says matters and has far reaching implications not just for folks in the United States of America, but abroad, and because Donald Trump does not tell the truth, he has hurt us and will continue to hurt us,” Sanders said.
“This sort of thing is nothing new,” Hume said. “Trump has not raised it to an art form, his lies are crude, they’re childish, he lies like a school boy.”
Following the discussion, audience members were able to ask questions. A majority of them were directed at Short and were critical of him and the administration.
As Short defended Trump most of the night, he said he did not sign a nondisclosure agreement when he resigned.