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CNN legal analyst Toobin agrees Trump lawyers ‘winning’ impeachment argument but said team is too white, too male

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Saturday he believes that President Trump’s legal team did well during their opening arguments at his Senate impeachment trial, but pointed out that the attorneys were all white men.

“Again, I just think the Republicans are winning here. The president is winning here. And as long as they don’t completely fall on their faces, which they’re all competent lawyers, they’re not going to do that, I think that’s fine for them,” Toobin argued.



He went onto note that the president’s lawyers raised a “legitimate” point by emphasizing the Trump’s longstanding concerns with foreign aid and burden-sharing among nations.

“They did make one good point about [the transcript], I thought, which was the president did about burden-sharing in that phone call, and the House managers didn’t focus on that or even mention it. And fair is fair,” he continued, according to the Washington Examiner.

But then Toobin said the team has one major flaw, per se: Too many white men and no diversity.

In comments, the analyst made the quip “White House and white people,” while adding that the president has too many “white men” as lawyers.

“It was all white men today,” he continued. “There are two white women allegedly on the team, we’ll see if they’re allowed to argue.”




Toobin then praised House Democrats for their racially diverse team of impeachment managers.

“I mean, you know, this is a lesson in the diversity of the two parties,” he said. “I mean you look at the House managers, it was almost evenly divided between men and women. It was, you had two African-Americans, you had a Hispanic.”

Toobin did not explain how racial diversity would help or hinder the president’s case.

He did, however, note that television is “a visual medium,” and when you have one side that “has a very diverse team” while the other is comprised of “all white men,” it “says something in and of itself.”

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  1. I am existentially tired of the blatant racism pouring from guys such as this. For starters, there is no basis in reality for the Orwellian “Strength in Diversity” chant. Strength comes from Unity. Trump has picked the best guys he knows for his defense team. These are Heavy Hitters (and as a side bar I must say that bringing Alan Dershowitz on board speaks far louder against the “non-diversity” challenge than mere race differences).
    President Trump didn’t go to the “White Only Phone Book” to choose his team. He doesn’t feel the need to craft yet another one of these painfully obvious “diversity scenes” the national advertising community pummels us with during their commercial breaks. If you examine his overall management style, he picks people based on MERIT.
    The Left’s incessant repetition of their religious mantras works politically at a certain reptilian level but became increasingly cloying, like, you know TWENTY YEARS AGO. Employing the fall-back, hackneyed “Too White” and “Too Male” is just “so 60’s”. At the minimum this dullard has exposed his lack of creativity. I mean can these folks freshen it up a bit?
    Deeper, though, why is he so embarrassed for being White and Male? Did he not look in The Green Room mirror before the show? By his attire, I don’t think he is angling for “street cred”.
    So, what’s your REAL prob, Jeff?

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