As the far-left, alarming rhetoric against Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema heats up, CNN on Wednesday was only too happy go along with the attacks against the moderate Democratic Senators. Former Bernie Sanders for President co-chair Nina Turner appeared on CNN Newsroom and snarled at the “extremist” senators, hoping that Joe Biden “takes it to the streets” in opposition to Manchin and Sinema.
She raged, “[Manchin] and Senator Sinema are extremists, and anybody hiding behind them are extremists. Because when you want to put your political concerns over democracy, when you serve in some of the highest offices of the land, then something is wrong with you.”
Talking to CNN host, Bianna Golodryga, she escalated, “I do believe firmly that the President, not only the vision of FDR, but he's got to take the message and the spirit that FDR had. Call out these folks, say, 'I welcome your hatred.' That’s what the President should do. Take it to the streets.”
How did Golodryga respond to this disturbing rhetoric? She replied, “Perhaps [Joe Biden is] listening to you and taking notes ahead of his presser.”
Earlier, Golodryga, as well as Turner and former DNC chair Ed Rendell plotted strategy over how to save the Democrats in the 2022 midterms:
The President is expected to tout his successes this year. The unemployment rate at 3.9 percent. More Americans have been vaccinated. They are sending out hundreds of millions of tests and masks. That having been said, do you think that's enough for this administration to take a victory lap about?
Last December, I wrote about four instances of bullying or harassment that Manchin and Sinema suffered, only to have the incidents buried by the networks. I asked,
So the question must be asked: Do journalists care about the safety of Manchin and Sinema? For the last few months, the two centrists have endured an escalating series of incidents in which leftist protesters follow them, yell in bathrooms, and show up at their homes. What has the response from ABC, CBS and NBC been? They've mostly buried the abuse.
The question is still open. The left-wing rhetoric towards the two moderates is alarming. Journalists have a responsibility to try and turn down the rhetoric. Instead, they are simply ignoring the abuse.
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BIANNA GOLODRYGA: Meantime, this afternoon President Biden will hold a press conference at the White House on the eve of his one-year anniversary in office. He's entering his second year with one of the lowest approval ratings for a modern day president. What should we expect to hear this afternoon? Joining me to discuss is former Pennsylvania governor and former DNC chair Ed Rendell and Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator and also the co-chair of Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign. Welcome both of you. Governor Rendell, let me begin with you. The President is expected to tout his successes this year. The unemployment rate at 3.9 percent. More Americans have been vaccinated. They are sending out hundreds of millions of tests and masks. That having been said, do you think that's enough for this administration to take a victory lap about?
GOLODRYGA: Nina, do you agree with what the governor said? I mean, do you think American households are sitting around the dining room table that says our growth has exceeded that of China and this has been a great year? We're still talking about inflation at multi-decade highs. Just a lot of, quite frankly, Covid fatigue. The governor mentioned the infrastructure bill. There have been quite a few failures, from voting rights legislation that's taking place right now. We know that's not going to get passed. There aren't enough votes for that, and the Build Back Better plan.
GOLODRYGA: Ed, let me pick up on that. Because, as we heard from Nina, she says the president needs an FDR move. One could argue that's what he was trying to pursue and had been pressured to do just that in his first year. And, you know, let's be blunt. That's not necessarily how things played out. There is an argument now to go smaller, to have something to show voters as we're just months away from the midterm elections. So what do you think? Do you think Nina is right, that he should still pursue that fdr move, or should he try to get anything he can at this point?
GOLODRYGA: Nina, let me end with you. Because as you just heard, we're expected to hear from Senator Manchin again today to explain why he doesn't believe the filibuster should be done away with. This follows Kyrsten Sinema doing the same thing, giving the speech right before, really preempting the president's visit and some would say embarrassing him before he went to meet behind closed doors with senators pushing it to make a carve out, right, in terms of voting rights reform. I was thinking about what President Obama had accused the Democrats of doing, and that's turning into a circular firing squad. The attention has been for much of the year on the infighting within the democratic party and not as much with what Republicans are doing to obstruct any legislation that the Democrats are trying to push forward. Should that change? Are Democrats harming themselves?
NINA TURNER: Well, the Republicans have lost their ever-loving minds to quote my grandmother. The Democrats have to be the ones to stand up for the people. Filibuster must be reformed, as far as I'm concerned, do away with the rule. They're acting like it's something sacred. This is a Senate rule and rules can change.-- the fact that Senators Manchin and certainly Senator Sinema embarrassed the president the very next day. The people who have been holding the line for the president and the vision he ran on have been the progressives. And guess what? The Squad was absolutely right.
They said do not decouple the infrastructure bill from the Build Back Better bill because what we need is physical infrastructure and human infrastructure. So not only is the filibuster standing in the way of expanding and protecting voting rights, it is standing in the way, as a matter of fact, for the President's — most of the president's agenda. So what can senator Manchin say other than the fact that he is an extremist? Him and Senator Sinema are extremists, and anybody hiding behind them are extremists. Because when you want to put your political concerns over democracy, when you serve in some of the highest offices of the land, then something is wrong with you. That is why I do believe firmly that the President, not only the vision of FDR, but he's got to take the message and the spirit that FDR had. Call out these folks, say, “I welcome your hatred.” That’s what the President should do. Take it to the streets.
GOLODRYGA: Perhaps he’s listening to you and taking notes ahead of his presser. Ed Rendell, Nina Turner, thanks to you as always.