Kooky Nets: Excusing Riots, Trashing RNC as ‘Alternate Realities’ Unable to Trash Racist America

August 27th, 2020 5:29 PM

Along with their reaction to Vice President Mike Pence’s Wednesday night 2020 RNC address, the “big three” broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC had plenty of other takes, ranging from excusing the rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin because suffragettes did the same to get the right to vote to calling the RNC “alternate realities” that support the Star-Spangled Banner to trashing the RNC for showing love of country.

Below is a Notable Quotables-style package for these hot takes and more. Check out the video below for a sampling of these scorchers.



CBS’s O’Donnell on Kenosha Rioters: Hey, Violence Worked for Suffragettes!

Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus: “I think you can condemn the rioting. I think you can condemn the arson and you can condemn the --- I'll call him a maniac with a rifle last night down the street --- and people hitting each other with bricks. That is out of control. But we can still talk about justice and what we need to do to clean up both police and communities across this country.”

CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell: “I'm struck that, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment this week, that that was brought about by many suffragettes, who themselves, women, who engaged in acts of violence in order to win the right to vote in a very different sort of way in a very different time.”

--- Panel discussion of Kenosha unrest, 10:15 p.m. Eastern.


RNC Has ‘Cognitive Dissonance’ on Racism by Featuring McCloskey’s and…a Black AG?

“They started off the week bringing the McCloskey’s, the couple from St. Louis, who flashed guns at protesters and of course we just talked about how we had a protester that showed up and that mowed down a number of people. We had the head of the police union, who was another speaker, we had Daniel Cameron from Kentucky, who is another speaker, so I'm being told to look at those actions and there's a cognitive dissonance between what Republicans want us to hear and what is being computed.”

--- CBS panelist and Democratic strategist Joel Payne, 10:15 p.m. Eastern.


Republicans Live in ‘Alternative Realities’ Supporting the National Anthem

“Earlier tonight, we heard from Kellyanne Conway, who brought us the alternative facts and it feels like we're really watching two alternate realities playing out. Just in a little bit, we're going to hear from Vice President Mike Pence who is really going to be showcasing the national anthem. Earlier tonight, we heard from Madison Cawthorn who said kneel before God and stand for our flag. Now you have the NBA, WNBA, several teams from Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, who are all essentially taking a collective knee.”

--- ABC News Live host Linsey Davis, 10:13 p.m. Eastern.


ABC Host, NBC Analyst: Armed Teen Defending Business Was a ‘Vigilante’

“A night of pageantry and politics that collides with breaking news on our shores and in our streets. Protests continue for the third night in Wisconsin after the shooting of Jacob Blake in the back by police. A young vigilante who took up a rifle to confront protesters there has now been arrested for shooting three, two of the victims are dead.”

--- ABC chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, 10:01 p.m. Eastern.

“We --- we heard not a word in that Lara Trump speech about Jacob Blake who was shot seven times in the back….We heard not a word about the two protesters who were shot, apparently by a young, white vigilante who came from Illinois to --- to self-appointed to patrol the streets of Kenosha and ended up killing two people, and grievous usually injuring one.”

--- Washington Post columnist and NBC News political analyst Eugene Robinson, 10:15 p.m. Eastern.


Trump Hasn’t ‘Meaningfully’ Listened to Black Lives Matter Protesters

“[A] part of the President's job is to step in and calm the passions of the country. That's why the office was designed, in part. Also, sew together a country that is ripping apart. This President has had a different instinct. He was the one who said, ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts.’ He has put the weight of his presidency on the law and order part of the scale, not so much in meaningfully hearing why those protesters are in the streets. He could come out and try to bring that balance. He hasn't so far, which is why pollsters --- polls say that only 35 percent of the country approves of his handling of race issues.”

--- 60 Minutes correspondent John Dickerson, 10:12 p.m. Eastern.


GOP Is ‘Not Ready to Grapple With’ Evil America’s ‘400 Years of Systemic Racism’

“Well, it's a total disconnect…We heard nothing about racial justice and the reckoning with --- with 400 years of systemic racism that majority of Americans, according to polls, are ready to undertake, are ready to talk about and grapple with. This convention is not ready to grapple with any of that. This convention is ready to frighten voters.”

--- Robinson, 10:14 p.m. Eastern.


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