"The president's primary focus isn't on results in the polls, of which I think there are a number of them he's doing very well," Sanders said.
Following an apology for the photo, Northam denied that he was in the photo at all: "I was not in that costume, either as blackface or KKK," he said.
"It's dumb crap like this that diminishes real sexism and makes people less likely to believe women when we say sexism is real," Cupp said.
The electronic caption showed the governor as a Republican, then quickly changed. But not before social media grabbed it and ran.
"Walls are placed strategically, along with what the speaker talked about, better technology at ports of entry, more border control agents, more detention beds, drones," said Senator John Kennedy.
"Looks like he's having a whole lot of 'executive time,'" Don Lemon said about the president, whose schedule has been noticeably light this week.
"He's pretty much exactly the same behind the scenes that he is out in public. And I think that resonates with some people," Cliff Sims told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
CNN hosts cast aspersions on president's understanding of climate.
They "almost seem to have like a sexual fetish for a cement wall … a big beautiful erection of a wall," S.E. Cupp said, taking aim at Ann Coulter and others.
"We are witnessing the biggest abuse of power, scandal, in modern American history, it's playing out right before your eyes," Hannity claimed of the baseless CNN conspiracy.
News commentators have previously drawn backlash after praising Trump for adopting a measured tone.
"The Treasury Department seems to be doing its damnedest to help a Russian oligarch by relieving sanctions, hiding the evidence and duping the Senate in the process," John Avlon said.
Host says Trump supporters need to ask "why does he ignore Steve King" but immediately defend MAGA hat-wearing students.
"Here we go again with the 'birther' crap. Same drummed-up charge used against Obama."
"This is a man who thinks that he cannot win a straight-up competition," explained Michael D'Antonio.
The former mayor of New York City told Chris Cuomo: "I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign."
"It seems to me like the president will not be happy until there is not one single female Republican voter in the country," said CNN's Joan Walsh.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also ripped Trump for not releasing his tax documents.
"This is about the most serious counterintelligence people we have in the U.S. government saying, 'Oh, my God, the president's words and actions lead us to conclude that somehow he has become a witting, unwitting, or half-witting pawn," Carl Bernstein said.
"U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump's face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader [Vladimir Putin] at five locations over the past two years," the Washington Post reported this weekend.
KUSI claimed it had been contacted by CNN on Thursday but when it put forward a local reporter the offer was turned down.