Short's new CNN gig provokes right wing ire

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- In the same week his senior fellowship at the University of Virginia's Miller Center is set to begin, former Trump White House adviser Marc Short also started a gig at CNN as a political commentator.

Marc Short appears on CNN.

Some in right wing circles aren't happy about it.

Short "has abandoned the administration to join CNN, the president’s most vitriolic opponents in the establishment media," says a story on ultraconservative blog Breitbart.com.

The story says Short failed to deliver on immigration and trade legislation, and describes him as "one of the leaders of the failed 'Never Trump' movement inside the billionaire GOP mega-donor Koch brother’s network of organizations."

In Short's Monday CNN appearance, he didn't criticize President Donald Trump. He defended Trump's threat of a government shutdown over the border wall.

"I think he believes that 63 million Americans voted for him to be President of the United States in large part because he promised to secure our border, and he's very sincere about that," Short said.

While serving as legislative affairs director for the Trump administration, Short appeared on CNN to defend the administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.

His defense of such policies, and his failure to condemn the violence of Aug. 11 and 12 after Trump's "both sides" comment, are some of what led UVA historians Melvyn Leffler and William Hitchcock to resign their Miller Center posts on Monday.

"Marc Short has been a defender and facilitator of an administration that tramples the truth every day," said Leffler in an interview on Monday.

Short's appointment has prompted several other prominent UVA faculty members to pen op-eds decrying his hire, and a petition objecting to his hire has collected more than 3,000 signatures from members of the UVA community.

Short's Miller Center fellowship begins Aug. 1.



 
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