With 20 Democratic candidates stunting for the presidential nomination, CNN took advantage of their desperation to try and distinguish themselves from the competition. The CNN moderators, Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, and Don Lemon, encouraged infighting. They continually used questions that were based on their previous criticisms of each other.
One of the most critical face-offs occurred when the conversation turned to criminal justice reform, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hi.) took this as her chance to call out Kamala Harris’ (D-Ca.) hypocrisy.
Gabbard stated, “Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president. But I’m deeply concerned about this record. There are too many examples to cite, but for one, she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations. Then laughed when she was asked if she had ever smoked marijuana. She blocked evidence. She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California.”
While Harris is a former prosecutor, the media has rebranded her as a warrior for criminal justice reform. When Gabbard finally called her on the duplicity of her platform, Harris looked profoundly annoyed and was unwilling to rebuttal.
However, later on in a post-debate interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Harris aimed at Gabbard. “This is going to sound immodest, but obviously I’m a top-tier candidate, and so I did expect that I’d be on the stage and take some hits tonight. When people are at 0 or 1% or whatever she might be at, so I did expect to take some hits tonight.”
If Kamala can’t handle answering to a Congresswoman from Hawaii, how can she honestly expect the American people to agree to put her in charge of an entire nation?
Two of the most radical candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sander (D–Vt.) are running close in the polls and were unified when it came to criticizing ‘Republican talking points.’ They used this phrase to deflect from questions they seemingly did not want to address. However, the moderators made it evident that they wanted to break up this chummy relationship and asked probing questions to have the progressive candidates turn on one another potentially.
One of their questions was: “Senator Warren, you make it a point to say you’re a capitalist. Is that your way of saying you’re a safer choice than Senator Sanders?”
When the moderators were not stirring up strife between the candidates, they were taking shots at President Trump and his voters.
Don Lemmon did not hold back and suggested that the president is a bigot. “What do you say to those Trump voters who prioritize the economy over the president’s bigotry?” Lemon asked during the debate.
Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire called Lemon on his outrageous display and stated, “Don Lemon is fine calling Trump voters racist. They don’t care if the president is a vicious bigot so long as they get their tax cut. What journalism [sic] from Don Lemon. What a great, objective journalist he is. CNN, the most trusted name in the news. What a joke.”
One topic that CNN religiously covered for two-plus years was interestingly not mentioned. The Russia collusion narrative was a forefront topic for the television channel for years, but not a mention of Russia or Robert Mueller were uttered. Critics were quick to point this out, but it is not surprising this was the case since Mueller’s showing in the hearings was undoubtedly embarrassing to the left’s agenda.
William A. Jacobson, both professor and media critic from Cornell Law School, explained. “After almost three years of non-stop Russia-collusion conspiracy theories by CNN and other liberal media, and threats by Democrats to impeach Trump by several of the Democratic presidential candidates, those topics were ignored during the CNN Democratic first debate. That is a sign of how badly the Mueller Report and testimony hurt Democrats.”
However, the words racist or racism were spoken 15 times, climate change was reviewed 28 times the word “border” was said 29 times, and healthcare-relevant remarks were mentioned 112 times.
Both sides of the political aisle heavily criticized the format for the debate. The strict time restraints left little room for actual debating and rebuttals. It was the choice of questions that critics say fell very short of expectations. Many of the questions were worded with the intent on having one candidate demean the other. While stiff competition and tough questions are completely necessary and expected, the questions came off as catty and superficial at best.
President Trump’s America is thriving, and voters are currently living in a country where there is increasingly low unemployment and rising wages. None of the democratic candidates brought any realistic propositions on how they will actually help the American people continue in success. Instead, a lot of the narrative was taken over with the concepts on increasing taxes on the wealthy, illegal immigration, socialistic healthcare, and climate change.
The debates are foreshadowing about what is to come. The odds of President Trump being re-elected is becoming more and more likely.
The Democratic debate failed miserably at highlighting important issues pertinent to the American people because its CNN moderators were too occupied showcasing themselves and playing the roles of celebrity hosts.
While many Americans consider presidential debates to be a necessary mechanism in helping to pick a commander-in-chief for our country, the same cannot be said for CNN. CNN’s production was laughable, and the moderators seemed intent on creating hype instead of educating voters on crucial issues for the 2020 election.
The presidential election is not a laughing matter, and serious citizens do not appreciate presidential debates that lack sincere effort.