CNN's Cuomo Suggests Sanders Adding to 'Hate Parade' Against Clinton

As Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver appeared as a guest on Wednesday's New Day, CNN co-host Chris Cuomo referred to criticisms of Hillary Clinton as a "hate parade" as he pressed Weaver on whether it was "fair" for his campaign to add to a "drip, drip, drip" of attacks on Clinton by calling for her to release transcripts of her paid speeches.

At 8:25 a.m. ET, Cuomo brought up the issue:

Last night, I thought he (Sanders) was going to hit me, throws his hands all like that. "Here are all my Wall Street speeches." The point is obvious: "I don't play that game -- Hillary Clinton does." Is it fair to chase her about transcripts of speeches?

After Weaver defended the Sanders campaign's demand for the transcripts, the CNN host used the words "hate parade" as he followed up:

But does it create a false standard? And do you play into the drip, drip, drip against Hillary Clinton, something that the Senator has sworn off long ago, that he didn't want to be part of that hate parade?



After his guest pointed out that "the drip, drip, drip is caused by the fact that they won't just release them. If they just released them, there's no drip, drip," Cuomo pressed again:

But then the Clintons will say, "But then there's another thing, and then it's, they want something else. And then they want to see different things than anybody else shows, and it's an unfair standard."

Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Wednesday, February 24, New Day on CNN:

8:25 a.m. ET
CHRIS CUOMO: Show the speeches. Last night, I thought he was going to hit me, throws his hands all like that. "Here are all my Wall Street speeches." The point is obvious: "I don't play that game -- Hillary Clinton does." Is it fair to chase her about transcripts of speeches?

JEFF WEAVER, SANDERS CAMPAIGN MANAGER : Oh, absolutely. Look, this is a race to become President of the United States. There's obviously some serious questions. Her campaign receives millions and millions and millions of dollars either itself or its superpac, from Wall Street and other corporate interests.

She was obviously paid hundreds of thousands of dollars per occasion, you know, equating to millions of dollars in speeches to banks, foreign banks, pharmaceutical companies, all kinds of interests, you know, and in those contracts it said a transcript would be created in each case. What was said in those private meetings that was worth $225,000 or $285,000?

CUOMO: The suggestion is that there's something bad in there, and that's why you're asking for them.

WEAVER: Well, if there are not, then let's see them.

CUOMO: But does it create a false standard? And do you play into the drip, drip, drip against Hillary Clinton, something that the Senator has sworn off long ago, that he didn't want to be part of that hate parade?

WEAVER: Well, the drip, drip, drip is caused by the fact that they won't just release them. If they just released them, there's no drip, drip,

CUOMO: But then the Clintons will say, "But then there's another thing, and then it's, they want something else. And then they want to see different things than anybody else shows, and it's an unfair standard."

WEAVER: Well, if you want to be President of the United States, I don't think it's an unfair standard.

Brad Wilmouth
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