Last week, Democrats held their first true presidential debate. With the field winnowed down to 10 candidates — three of them actual contenders for the nomination -- only one moment truly stood out. That moment came not from Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders but from a candidate desperate for attention: Beto O'Rourke. O'Rourke ran in 2018 for a Senate seat in Texas and lost in shockingly narrow fashion to incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
On Joy Reid's MSNBC show Saturday morning, MSNBC contributor Anand Giridharadas says that Joe Biden is a subtle racist who "has to drop out." He focused on Biden's statement from this past week's debate in which he suggested that black parents lack parenting skills.
On Friday's Velshi and Ruhle show, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle fretted over Democratic presidential candidates not taking the U.S. Supreme Court seriously enough as an issue, and particularly the Court's influence on abortion rights, as she devoted a segment to the issue. Correspondent Shannon Pettypiece worried that moderates might side with Republicans on late-term abortion if Democrats do not do a better job of talking up their views on the issue.
In addition to grading individual candidate performances, media often reverts to its favorite topic: the media. But many in the media have misread, and subsequently misinterpreted Univision anchor Jorge Ramos’ performance in last night’s ABC-Univision Democratic presidential debates.
During MSNBC’s post-Democratic debate analysis on Thursday night and early Friday, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro was widely condemned for his attack on former Vice President Joe Biden for his false claim about his health care policy and suggesting the elderly Biden was mentally showing his age. But for anyone with a pulse, it’s amazing that the cast of characters were so enraged by Castro but have spent years either directly asserting or allowing guests to speculate that President Donald Trump’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a mental health ailment.
The View co-host Joy Behar went on a rant on Friday’s show, urging the show’s liberal viewers to unite behind whomever the Democrat nominee will be. Behar painted a bleak dystopian picture of what America is like now under President Trump, warning liberals that to save the planet and their children, they must vote Democrat, no matter what, in 2020.
On Friday’s CBS This Morning, while analyzing Thursday night’s Democratic debate, correspondent Major Garrett praised left-wing contender Beto O’Rourke as a “candidate of conviction” for declaring that as President he would confiscate guns. The reporter marveled at O’Rourke’s “authenticity” on the topic.
According to MSNBC, Hillary Clinton didn’t make a mistake in calling Trump supporters, “deplorables” in 2016, she was just ahead of her time. In the wee hours of the morning following ABC’s Democrat debate, MSNBC’s Joy Reid and former Clinton adviser Philippe Reines spent time ranting about how awful President Trump and his supporters were, instead of talking about the Democrat candidates, (have they not learned anything from 2016?)
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough is angry at the Democrat presidential contenders for having, in last night's debate, focused on the details dividing them regarding health care. He suggests that they should instead paint the bigger picture: "the Democratic Party supports universal healthcare as a right for all Americans! Donald Trump wants to destroy your right to having health care as an American! A guarantee of that health care." Later, Scarborough mistakenly suggests that Alex Trebek is the host of "Wheel of Fortune." Willie Geist politely points out that show's host is Pat Sajak.
Running in tandem with ABC’s televised coverage of their Democratic presidential debate on Thursday, the network also streamed coverage and analysis online. And during that stream, chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz gushed about the “really real authenticity” she felt from the candidates during their closing comments.
Just how low will the Democrats go? Nobody knows. In the unlikely event you missed Thursday night’s 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary debate, do not fret as liberal late-night sage, Trevor Noah, provided his eagerly anticipated analysis on The Daily Show immediately after the event.
After Thursday’s 2020 Democratic presidential debate, MSNBC’s assembled cast of liberals journalists and pundits gushed that the “authentic” Beto O'Rourke “found his voice,” “spoke with clarity,” and had a “passion and sincerity” to take away millions of guns by force should be applauded. Not only were those nutty claims made, but one panelist even hailed O’Rourke for giving room for “voluntary buybacks” to become a moderate path forward while expressed hope that mass gun control and banning of guns like the AR-15 become popular like gay marriage.