Cupp Decries Media Hurting Dem Candidates With 'Dumb Plotlines'

With the Democratic primary field becoming more crowded by the week, the left has inevitably started to eat their own as wild and head-scratching stories about the candidates began to fly every which way. During Saturday’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, the show’s namesake (who’s supposed to be a conservative) was in a tizzy because the left was causing some real damage to itself and was essentially helping to reelect President Trump.

After showing the edited soundbite released by a far-left group ambushing California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) about the Green New Deal, Cupp decried it a “just one example of Dem-on-Dem crime.”

“And this kind of stuff is only going to heat up, as Democrats try to out-left each other on and off the campaign trail and prove their progressive bona fides. This is a fight for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, yes, but it’s, may I remind you, supposed to be a fight for the White House,” she sought to remind CNN viewers and the left in general.

Cupp then slapped the liberal media for “zeroing in on these dumb plot lines”:

This kind of stuff isn’t a good look. Just take a look at some of the latest headlines from the campaign trail: Bernie once praised breadlines 40 years ago. Amy Klobuchar ate a salad with a comb in 2008. Kamala Harris says she won’t apologize for prosecuting child molesters. Well, I would hope not. Reparations to become the new litmus test for Democrats.

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And that should be worrisome to Democrats. After all, President Trump is at record low approvals, and he's facing a dozen different investigations, and yet Elizabeth Warren is talking about reparations? The media is talking about Amy Klobuchar's salad comb? A former prosecutor has to defend her record of prosecuting criminals? This is all good for Trump, guys. Trust me.

 

 

“If I'm Donald Trump, I'm feeling pretty good about my chances,” she added. “As long as the media keeps zeroing in on these dumb plot lines, and as long as Democrats spend the next year talking about the things most Americans don't prioritize, and as long as candidates sound more like they’re running for president in 1950 Russia, instead of 2019 America, Trump's got this one in the bag.

The CNN host then pleaded with the Democrats to get their house in order before it was too late, and not go too far left:

Here's the deal. Instead of playing right into Trump’s hands, Democrats have to seriously sort out their messaging. Are they running for an audience of one, Amazon job-killer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Or are they running for all of America. Are they going kill each other in the progressive primary only to set up a general election can't-win situation? Are they going to be uniters or dividers? Do they want to heal the country or do they want to make the country pay?

Cupp’s knight in shining armor to save the Democratic Party this election cycle? “[F]our letters -- J-O-E, Biden,” she quipped.

“Biden's presence or absence in the Democratic primary will serve as a line of demarcation. If he's in, there's a clear distinction both in tone and substance between the far-left candidates and a more moderate one,” she explained.

Concluding, “Harris and Warren and Bernie will zoom off to liberal la-la land and pull the rest of the candidates with them. And you'll have a Democratic primary that is unrelatable and a Democratic nominee that can't win a general election. Well, that's my two cents, anyway. But look, what do I know?”

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

CNN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered
February 24, 2019
6:01:23 p.m. Eastern

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S.E. CUPP: Well, that was California Senator Dianne Feinstein getting schooled by children on the Green New Deal in a now viral video. What's that the got to do with 2020? Well, you'll be shocked to learn that an unedited version of that video exists, which, in context, makes the Senator look less like the villain in Hansel and Gretel. But it’s just one example of Dem-on-Dem crime.

In this case, environmental activists confront the California Democrat, posting her edited and seemingly smug response on social media. And this kind of stuff is only going to heat up, as Democrats try to out-left each other on and off the campaign trail and prove their progressive bona fidies. This is a fight for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, yes, but it’s, may I remind you, supposed to be a fight for the White House.

This kind of stuff isn’t a good look. Just take a look at some of the latest headlines from the campaign trail: Bernie once praised breadlines 40 years ago. Amy Klobuchar ate a salad with a comb in 2008. Kamala Harris says she won’t apologize for prosecuting child molesters. Well, I would hope not. Reparations to become the new litmus test for Democrats.

If I'm Donald Trump, I'm feeling pretty good about my chances. As long as the media keeps zeroing in on these dumb plot lines, and as long as Democrats spend the next year talking about the things most Americans don't prioritize, and as long as candidates sound more like they’re running for president in 1950 Russia, instead of 2019 America, Trump's got this one in the bag.

And that should be worrisome to Democrats. After all, President Trump is at record low approvals, and he's facing a dozen different investigations, and yet Elizabeth Warren is talking about reparations? The media is talking about Amy Klobuchar's salad comb? A former prosecutor has to defend her record of prosecuting criminals? This is all good for Trump, guys. Trust me.

Here's the deal. Instead of playing right into Trump’s hands, Democrats have to seriously sort out their messaging. Are they running for an audience of one, Amazon job-killer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Or are they running for all of America. Are they going kill each other in the progressive primary only to set up a general election can't-win situation? Are they going to be uniters or dividers? Do they want to heal the country or do they want to make the country pay?

One thing that would help them sort through all of this, four letters -- j-o-e, Biden, that is. And fans of history will get that affectionate math joke at his expense.

But whether he gets in or out is crucial to Democrats figuring out what they’re running on. Biden's presence or absence in the Democratic primary will serve as a line of demarcation. If he's in, there's a clear distinction both in tone and substance between the far-left candidates and a more moderate one.

Right now, Klobuchar is sort of filling that lane, but Biden would own it. If he doesn't get in, then there's no real governor keeping the other cars in the race at a safe speed. Harris and Warren and Bernie will zoom off to liberal la-la land and pull the rest of the candidates with them. And you'll have a Democratic primary that is unrelatable and a Democratic nominee that can't win a general election. Well, that's my two cents, anyway. But look, what do I know?

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