EYE ROLL: CNN’s Biden Town Hall Went Exactly the Way You Expected


On Wednesday night time, President Biden was granted the second city corridor of his presidency (with the primary in February and the third within the final 12 months) by his adoring fanboys and women at CNN and, not surprisingly, the Jeffrey Zucker-led community made positive that the 80-minute occasion was little greater than a foot-message (or smelling of the hair since that fits his fancy). 

Together with an eight-to-three break up in Democrat to Republican viewers questioners, CNN Tonight host Don Lemon repeatedly inserted himself in attempting to assist Biden alongside, press him from the left, and supply just one actual difficult second.

 

 

Essentially the most noteworthy viewers query and Lemon interjection got here with the eighth query as Cory Marcum (who was doubtless a Democrat, although Lemon by no means gave him a label) drew applause when requested if it was “logical to do away with the filibuster so we are able to shield our democracy and safe the best to vote” within the face of the GOP “efforts to limit voting rights.”

The far-left CNN host took this opening and ran with it, channeling Pleasure Reid in lecturing Biden to axe the Senate’s “Jim Crow relic” and honor “individuals who fought and died” to make sure folks of all races might vote as a result of the election integrity proposals supposedly harken again to asking Black votes to guess beans in a jar or bubbles on cleaning soap (click on “increase”):

LEMON: However let me — let me discuss to you about that as a result of —

BIDEN: Let me end my reply as a result of I would let you know what I’d do, I’d return to that the place you must preserve the ground. You must stand there and discuss and maintain the ground. You possibly can’t simply say it now. 

LEMON: — I perceive that. However what distinction does that make when you maintain the ground for a day or a 12 months, what distinction does it make? Right here’s the factor for me. You talked about folks and that is necessary for individuals who appear like me. [APPLAUSE] My grandmother would sit round once I was a child, fifth grade, had a fifth grade schooling. I discovered that she could not learn once I was doing my homework. She would inform me tales about folks asking her to depend the variety of jelly beans within the jar. 

BIDEN: Yeah. 

LEMON: — or the cleaning soap in — so why is defending the filibuster, is that extra necessary than defending voting rights, particularly for individuals who fought and died for that?

(….)

LEMON: However is not that the one approach you are going to get it executed proper now? 

BIDEN: No, I do not imagine that. I believe we are able to get that executed.

LEMON: Should you — when you — you agree with the previous President, he has known as — as you known as him, your outdated boss, that it’s a relic of Jim Crow. 

BIDEN: It’s. 

LEMON: If it is a relic of Jim Crow, it has been used to struggle in opposition to civil rights laws traditionally. Why shield it?

Rewind to the start and the occasion began with two questions from Lemon and two extra from viewers members (one among every get together) concerning the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations.

In chronological order, the primary questions of notice got here subsequent as a Democrat wished to understand how Biden was “working in the direction of convincing” folks within the Black group “that the vaccine is secure.”

Whether or not CNN knew it or not, that query doubtless got here as a shock to viewers as they most likely thought solely right-leaning People have rejected the vaccines.

Lemon and Biden continued to banter about vaccinations, however two of the subsequent three questions had been from Republicans and astutely pointed to sources of concern in our economic system (click on “increase”):

DANIELLE LIPPI [Republican]: So my query is the economic system is choosing up considerably because it reopens from the pandemic. Are you involved concerning the greater inflation costs, particularly as we see gasoline, automotive, and meals costs enhance quickly? What’s your administration doing to assist forestall the economic system from overheating such because the poor and center class will not be harm by the upper costs of products in the long term?

(….)

JOHN LANNI [Republican]: We make use of a whole lot of hard-working workforce members all through the state of Ohio and all through the nation. And we’re trying to rent extra daily as we attempt to restart our restaurant enterprise. All the business, amongst different industries, proceed to wrestle to seek out workers. How do you and the Biden administration plan to incentivize those that have not returned to work but? Hiring is our high precedence proper now.

In Lanni’s case, Biden spent the subsequent 5 minutes ridiculing him and the restaurant business as one thing out of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, insinuating he’ll be out of enterprise if he and his cohorts refuse to employees a minimum of $15/hour in pre-tips. Oh, and Biden recommended Lanni was ungrateful as a result of “we saved you open” with “billions of {dollars}” in assist.

It was right here that Lemon truly pushed again, reminding him that Lanni owns 39 eating places and thus he’s prepared to place lots of people to work.

In between these questions, there was one other Democrat and he or she stated she was “dismayed at how usually Democratic plans for…are held hostage by the utopian want to realize bipartisan help” and thus urged Biden to understand that “abandon[ing] the necessity for bipartisanship” is “the best reply.”

Skipping previous a Democrat’s concern a few bridge spanning Kentucky and Ohio and the filibuster query, Lemon used the ninth viewers query (from one other Democrat) about gun violence to help Group Biden by giving the President the subsequent 10 minutes of screentime to insist he and his administration is anxious about rising crime, helps cops, and opposes the #DefundThePolice efforts.

The penultimate viewers query was arguably essentially the most nonpartisan as a lady shared that her son had died from a drug overdose involving fentanyl and wished to know what the federal authorities would do to “fight the difficulty of unlawful opiates, a lot of which our younger folks purchase on-line.”

Providing his two cents, Lemon introduced Biden’s corrupt son Hunter into the equation, praising the President for having “been very open about your son Hunter’s drawback with habit.”

“I am so rattling happy with my son. My son simply wrote a guide about how he overcame being addicted, and he did it, and he is doing it and he’s in good condition, thank God,” he replied.

The ultimate viewers query was an immigration query from — you guessed it — one other Democrat and hit him from the left by urging him to permit Guatemalans to enter the nation.

Lemon used the chance to lob a softball on DREAMers after which shut out the night with a softball about being in workplace for six months (click on “increase”):

I need to discuss to you about DACA. I’ve received two questions on immigration, fast questions I need to ask you about as a result of simply final week, there was a federal decide who dominated this system illegal blocked it from accepting new functions. What do you say to DREAMers who’re actually anxious about their futures right here in the US? 

(….)

Mr. President, you have been the large man for six months now within the White Home. Can you are taking us behind the scenes, one thing that was extraordinary or uncommon that occurred that stands out to you? 

As my boss Tim Graham tweeted afterward, there’s one vital takeaway from all this: “HOW do these folks lecture Fox about being a president’s lickspittles?”

Certainly, bossman. Certainly.

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To see the transcript of all viewers questions and all Lemon interjections (except for the opening and going to/from industrial breaks), click on right here.





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