It’s been clear for a long time that CNN is part of the anti-Trump resistance. From morning to night, the various journalists, hosts and panelists on the network make that obvious. Still, it’s nice when someone comes out and admits it. And that was precisely the gift that Karen Finney bestowed this morning on CNN.
Finney, who was a senior Hillary 2016 spokesperson, was part of a New Day panel pre-gaming the Dem debates. At one point, she said that although she'd like the Dems to discuss substantive issues like the economy, it's also important to call out President Trump's "racism." She added, "I'm particularly proud of the way folks on this network have done that."
Here's the transcript:
6:24 am EDT
KAREN FINNEY: I get that we don’t — I don’t want to have a long conversation about ideology and racism, and as a black person I will say that, right? I want us to talk about the economy, and our vision, and how we're going to win. At the same time, it’s so important in these moments that we call it out. I’m particularly proud of the way that folks on this network have done that.
Because it feels like Donald Trump, it’s not just that he’ll take on anybody. He goes out of his way. He can’t imagine that a black person could actually be a revered, renowned figure that could be beloved by black people and white people and brown people. And that’s painful. It’s truly painful to then have to separate yourself out from that and say, okay, I still have to focus on the day-to-day.
Maybe the network can start running a new promotional campaign: "CNN: Endorsed by the DNC!"