What Reality Are You In? CNN Pretends Dems Not Out to Get Kavanaugh

For all of CNN’s incessant insinuation that President Trump was “divorced from reality,” they sure have a really hard time with staying grounded. During Thursday’s Anderson Cooper 360, the liberal panel just couldn’t believe that the Democrats were doing everything in their power to drag Judge Brett Kavanaugh through the mud. They even asserted that there were no problems with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony.

After assailing the Supreme Court nominee for his testimony that was “very bombastic, kind of over the top, angry, raising his voice, interrupting people, really acting like Donald Trump, frankly,” pompous USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers lashed out at him for having “such animus towards Democrats and the left.”

The thick-headed columnist claimed she couldn’t understand how Kavanaugh could think there was a conspiracy against him. “And then you add in all the things he was saying about liberals, and sort of this conspiracy against him, and what goes around comes around,” she spat with a disdainful tone. “These just aren’t kinds of the things that you want to a justice to be saying; somebody who you want to think is at least trying to be impartial.

Hmm, maybe he knew the radical Democrats were out to destroy him because nearly all of them announced they were opposing his nomination before ever meeting with them. Some, in fact, were opposing anyone President Trump nominated. That’s not to mention that there were New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono who declared him guilty days before the hearing.

 

 

Or perhaps it was New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who called Kavanaugh and his supporters evil. It could even have been the Democrats who pontificated that he was going to put the lives of millions at risk. Kavanaugh actually addressed this in his opening remarks, so for Powers to claim ignorance was just slimy.

It doesn't make any sense if you really think about it logically. What does that mean then? I don’t understand,” Powers asserted. “The conspiracy is that she made this up and then somehow connected with the Democrats. Or is it that she's confused and then connected with the Democrats? Because she believes that it's him!

Adding onto Powers’ ridiculousness, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin (who was on a role with his own head-shaking behavior) whined about how Senate Republicans and Kavanaugh didn’t address the charges against the nominee. “That his statement was really almost not about the actual allegation. It was about the conspiracy of the left wing,” he said. What hearing was he watching? Toobin was peddling a bold-faced lie. Most of Kavanaugh's opening statement was him dismantling the charges against him.

[W]hen you listen to her testimony, as we all did, and no one really challenged it. No one really made a strong argument that she's lying. They just don't care and want Brett Kavanaugh confirmed,” he proclaimed.

But that’s not true at all (which is another problem for CNN). Through Ford’s testimony, we learned that she lied about being kept from going to D.C. last week because of a fear of flying. We also learned that she retained one of her lawyers on the advice of Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) and that she didn’t know before the hearing who was paying for their services (her counsel claims it’s pro bono), or who paid for the polygraph test she took.

Now, what was that about the panel not understanding how the Democrats were out to get Kavanaugh? This is CNN.

The transcript is below, click "expand" to read:

CNN's Anderson Cooper 360
September 27, 2018
8:15 p.m. Eastern

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KIRSTEN POWERS: Well, I think that was a lot. I think that Professor Ford was very credible and obviously very anxious and frightened about coming forward, so it's clear why she I think took her time to do that. And I thought that Judge Kavanaugh clearly was trying to appeal to the President in this very bombastic, kind of over the top, angry, raising his voice, interrupting people, really acting like Donald Trump, frankly.

ANDERSON COOPER: Which many Republicans saw as strength.

POWERS: Right. They see it as strength and see it as strength when Donald Trump does it. I personally don't see it that way. I was sort of alarmed frankly when I look at somebody and think you're going to be on the supreme court and this is how you’re behaving. And it doesn't seem hike this is the temperament you want in a Supreme Court justice.

And then you add in all the things he was saying about liberals, and sort of this conspiracy against him, and what goes around comes around. These just aren’t kinds of the things that you want to a justice to be saying; somebody who you want to think is at least trying to be impartial. He seems like somebody who has such animus towards Democrats and the left.

And I just don't think that reflects very well on him. And I'm still having a very hard time following the conspiracy theory where Dr. Ford is telling the truth, and they all believe her, but then there's a conspiracy. Like, the conspiracy has to involve her, right? You can't have a conspiracy that she's not involved in. It doesn't make any sense.

[ Crosstalk ]

POWERS: It doesn't make any sense if you really think about it logically. What does that mean then? I don’t understand. The conspiracy is that she made this up and then somehow connected with the Democrats. Or is it that she's confused and then connected with the Democrats? Because she believes that it's him!

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JEFFREY TOOBIN: He rallied the Trump troops. He made this into a referendum on politics. That his statement was really almost not about the actual allegation. It was about the conspiracy of the left wing, which --

COOPER: Which most of the Republican statements were about that, as well.

TOOBIN: That was one of the amazing things about the Republican questions to him. They were all about the process, and the new villain was Dianne Feinstein, who didn't handle her original allegations the way the Republicans thought she should. The Republicans didn't even talk about the allegation. They simply took it as a given that he denied it.

And the thing that I find just so, you know, important to consider is that the Republicans are going to vote no have two choices. One is that they believe Professor Ford is lying or insane. That's one. Or she's telling the truth and it doesn't matter. And that's a pretty remarkable thing to think about, when you listen to her testimony, as we all did, and no one really challenged it. No one really made a strong argument that she's lying. They just don't care and want Brett Kavanaugh confirmed.

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