CNN – "The Most Trusted Name In News" – has recently been giving some quality air time to Muppets. It's newest prime-time anchor Erin Burnett interviewed Elmo back in October, Wolf Blitzer spotlighted Kermit the Frog last Thursday, and then a cursing "Marvin E. Quasniki" announced his candidacy for president at the end of Wednesday's Erin Burnett OutFront.
When asked how he would pay for the payroll tax cut as President, the Muppet answered he would "Throw rich people in jail. Take their money, and then give it to everybody else. Number one. Boom. Done. Yeah." [Video below the break. Click here for audio.]
"And you're a Republican," an incredulous Burnett answered before Quasniki fired back "Well, I'm – you know what, I'm an American. Right now I'm only running as Republican because they're a bunch of clowns, but you never know, I'm an American. I'm for the people."
Why was this puppet running for the Republican nomination? "I was driving in my car a couple of weeks ago and I was listening to the debates. And I'm thinking to myself this is all a bunch of bulls***, and I'm tired of it, and I'm going to change it and make America good again. Or at least get us back in the playoffs," Quasniki ranted to Burnett.
Then Burnett played the puppet's YouTube statement that was "laced with some profanity" and then asked him what he thought he could accomplish with salty language, to which he responded with some more profanity that he would clean up his act.
So in its interviews with the Muppets, CNN has been able to glean some important information for its viewers: Elmo thinks politicians need more "play dates" with each other, Kermit the Frog has safety tips for the Christmas season, and Marvin E. Quasniki thinks the Republican field is made up of a bunch of "clowns."