Former adviser to George W. Bush Mark McKinnon just wanted to boast about Joe Biden’s Presidency on CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight with stand-in host Laura Coates, but the FBI had to go and raid President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Citing the string of massive spending bills passed by congressional Democrats making their way to Biden’s desk, McKinnon proclaimed, “he doesn’t even get one day to talk about it,” as if the leftist networks hadn’t been applauding the President in full coverage the past few days.
Of course with midterms 91 days away as Coates mentioned, any time where CNN and its troops can keep Biden’s reputation alive is a crucial time.
Instead of boosting the Presidency as they had admittedly planned, McKinnon and CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers had to talk about the recent raid of Mar-a-Lago. Quick to state that Trump has “abused and prostituted the Constitution of the United States,” McKinnon continued, “this is a huge diversion and one that may ultimately hurt Trump, but it can also help him in the short run.”
The Democrats are afraid of losing power. McKinnon even said, “If I’m Joe Biden, I’m pretty frustrated by all of this.”
Sellers demonstrated this by briefly talking about the raid before quickly moving on to the voter’s actions during midterms.
He claimed he doesn’t know “any Democrats that are running in any competitive United States Senate or Congressional seat that are going to run ads talking” essentially trash about President Trump and his indictment. In reality, alluded to the idea that they just might be saving the world and said, “They do have a story to tell. The Inflation Reduction Act, CHIPS, the PACT act… there is a story to tell for Democrats.”
Why not focus on what they were asked to talk about on the CNN show? Bakari states, “at the end of the day, I mean, I just think that this is another news cycle, this is another story, but many Republicans want to wash their hands of Donald Trump.”
The networks will be quick to uplift President Biden and make light of his terrible term, and when the news doesn’t fit the agenda, they get mad.
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CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight
11:37:00 p.m. Eastern
BAKARI SELLERS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Regardless of the magnitude of this, this is about democracy. This is about someone who has abused and prostituted the Constitution of the United States. I'm pretty sure it has something more to do than just boxes of classified documents, but we shall see.
LAURA COATES: And on that point, I mean, Mark, I mean, the midterms are about 91 days away. And there have been already primaries happening. There will be more happening tomorrow, of course, before the general election that's coming up, where people are talking about potentially the loss of the majority for Democrats in one chamber. Whether they will be bouyed or not is another story. But will this have an impact on how election plays out?
MARK MCKINNON, FMR ADVISER TO GEORGE W. BUSH AND JOHN MCCAIN: Unquestionably. And if I'm Joe Biden, I'm pretty frustrated by all of this. I mean --
MCKINNON: -- you know, four hours ago, when we booked this show, Bakari and I were going to talk about the great legislation of Joe Biden, and he doesn't even get one day talk about it. So, you know --
COATES: A lot can happen in four hours, Mark. A lot can happen in four hours, as we see.
MCKINNON: Don't we know, don't we know. But, you know, listen, I think the Democrats and Biden are very excited about the legislation. They had some momentum about this. This is a huge diversion and one that may ultimately hurt Trump, but it can also help him in the short run.
COATES: Do you agree, Bakari?
SELLERS: Look, I don't know any Democrats that are running in any competitive United States Senate or Congressional seat that are going to run ads talking about ‘aha, your President is about to get indicted,’ like that is not going to happen.
But they do have a story to tell. The Inflation Reduction Act, CHIPS, the PACT Act. I mean, you can talk about the Republicans if you're running against someone who is a United States Senator currently who voted against insulin caps.
I mean, there is a story to tell for Democrats, especially those who are in very, very competitive districts. And at the end of the day, I mean, I just think that this is another news cycle, this is another story, but many Republicans want to wash their hands of Donald Trump. They just won't say it loudly. So, we shall see.
COATES: We shall see indeed who is more exhausted, who is clutching what pearls, and what happens next. Everyone, thank you so much.