This morning, Cenk Uygur appeared on This Week with George Stephanopolous, on a panel with Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal, Dan Balls of The Washington Post, and Kristen Soltis Anderson of ABC News.
On the show, several issues were discussed, including Donald Trump's conflicts of interest, his cabinet, and whether Trump really is an independent.
Although at the beginning, Uygur didn't say too much, later in the segment, he spoke in detail about the election recount that former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is looking to raise funds for. The host asked Uygur about whether it is hypocritical of progressives to request a recount of votes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Uygur argued that it is not.
The difference, Uygur argues, is that a recount is a "completely normal part of the process." Going "outside of the process," like Trump was planning to do if he lost is not appropriate; requesting a recount, as is codified by law, however, is.
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He continued by saying: "I saw the interview earlier in the show...I don't know why they're so nervous...They're just so jittery...No recount! No recount! Whatever you do, no recount!" If the the Trump team did, as they claim, win by huge margins (and therefore have a mandate), they shouldn't be concerned about the recount, Uygur says.
You can watch the exchange in the video below:
Cenk Uygur also talked about Trump's rising approval rate. "I can understand why his numbers go up...the American people are very optimistic." Some of Trump's populist promises would be great if achieved, Uygur said. Those include massive infrastructure projects and the TPP.
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However, he continued by saying that Trump's claim that he would "drain the swamp" is ridiculous given his recent cabinet picks.
Regarding Trump's numerous conflicts of interest: "He didn't have $10 billion going in, he'll have $10 billion going out," Uygur concluded.
Uygur is in Washington D.C. for the weekend, and he plans to meet The Young Turks fans later in the day on Sunday.
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