On Wednesday evening, President Biden was granted the second mayoralty of his presidency (with the first in February and the the third over the past year) by his beloved CNN fanboys and girls and, unsurprisingly, the Jeffrey Zucker-led network made sure the 80-minute event was little more than a foot message (or a smell of hair since it suits her fancy).
In addition to an eight-to-three split between Democrats and Republicans, public questioners, CNN tonight Host Don Lemon has slipped in on several occasions to try and help Biden, squeeze him from the left, and only offer one real hard time.
The most notable audience question and Lemon’s interjection came with the eighth question as Cory Marcum (who was likely a Democrat, though Lemon never gave him a label) was applauded when he was told asked if it was “Logic to get rid of systematic obstruction to protect our democracy and guarantee the right to vote” facing the GOP “Efforts to restrict voting rights”.
The far-left CNN host took that opening and ran with it, channeling Joy Reid to lecture Biden to chop the Senate “Relic of Jim Crow” and honor “People who fought and died” to ensure that people of all races can vote because the electoral integrity proposals are meant to amount to asking black votes to guess beans in a jar or bubbles on soap (click “expand”):
LEMON: But let me – let me tell you about it because –
BIDEN: Let me finish my answer because I will tell you what I would do, I will come back to that where we have to keep the floor. You have to stand there and speak and keep your word. You can’t just say it now.
LEMON: – I understand that. But what does it feel like to keep the word for a day or a year, what does it do? Here is the thing for me. You talked about people and this is important for people who are like me. [APPLAUSE] My grandmother used to sit when I was a kid, 5th grade, had a 5th grade education. I learned that she couldn’t read when I was doing my homework. She would tell me stories of people asking her to count the number of jelly beans in the jar.
LEMON: – or the soap in it – so why protecting filibuster, is it more important than protecting voting rights, especially for people who fought and died for it?
LEMON: But isn’t that the only way to do it now?
BIDEN: No, I don’t think so. I think we can do it.
LEMON: If you – if you – you agree with the former president, he called – as you call him, your old boss, that it’s a relic of Jim Crow.
BIDEN: That’s right.
LEMON: If it’s a relic of Jim Crow, it has historically been used to fight civil rights legislation. Why protect him?
Go back to the start and the event began with two questions from Lemon and two more from members of the audience (one from each part) on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations.
In chronological order, the first important questions came next as a Democrat wanted to know how Biden was “Work to convince” black community people “that the vaccine is safe.”
Whether CNN knew it or not, this question likely shocked viewers as they probably thought only right-wing Americans had rejected vaccines.
Lemon and Biden continued to joke about vaccinations, but two of the following three questions were from Republicans and artfully pointed to areas of concern in our economy (click “expand”):
DANIELLE LIPPI [Republican]: So my question is that the economy is recovering significantly as it reopens after the pandemic. Are you concerned about rising prices for inflation, especially as gasoline, auto and food prices are rising rapidly? What is your administration doing to help keep the economy from overheating so that the poor and the middle class are not affected by rising commodity prices in the long run?
JEAN LANNI [Republican]: We employ hundreds of hard-working team members across the state of Ohio and across the country. And we’re looking to hire more every day as we try to restart our restaurant business. The entire industry, among others, continues to struggle to find employees. How do you and the Biden administration plan to engage those who have not yet returned to work? Hiring is our top priority right now.
In Lanni’s case, Biden spent the next five minutes ridiculing him and the restaurant industry as something out of Upton Sinclair. The jungle, insinuating that he will cease his activities if he and his cronies deny workers at least $ 15 / hour in advance tips. Oh, and Biden suggested Lanni was ungrateful because “we’ve kept you open” with “billions of dollars” in aid.
This is where Lemon really pushed back, reminding him that Lanni owns 39 restaurants, so he’s willing to put a lot of people to work.
Between these questions there was another Democrat and she said she was “Appalled at how often Democratic plans for … are held hostage by the utopian need to gain bipartisan support” and therefore urged Biden to realize that “to abandon[ing] the need for bipartisanship “ is “The right answer.”
Moving beyond a Democrat’s concern over a Kentucky-Ohio bridge and the filibuster issue, Lemon used (another Democrat’s) public’s ninth question on gun violence to help Team Biden by giving the president the next 10 minutes of screen time to stress him and his administration is concerned about rising crime, supports police officers, and opposes #DefundThePolice efforts.
The second-to-last question from the public was arguably the most unbiased, as a woman said her son died of a drug overdose involving fentanyl and wanted to know what the federal government would do to “combat the opioid problem.” illegal, many of which our young people are buying online. “
Offering his two cents, Lemon brought Biden’s corrupt son Hunter into the equation, praising the president for having “Been very open about your son Hunter’s addiction problem”.
“I am so proud of my son. My son just wrote a book on how he overcame his addiction, and he did, and he’s doing it and he’s in good shape, thank goodness, ” he has answered.
The last question from the public was about immigration from – you guessed it – another Democrat and hit him from the left by urging him to allow Guatemalans to enter the country.
Lemon took the opportunity to throw a softball on DREAMers, then close the night with a softball on being in office for six months (click “expand”):
I want to talk to you about DACA. I have two questions on immigration, quick questions that I want to ask you because last week a federal judge ruled that the program was illegal and prevented him from accepting new applications. What do you say to DREAMers who are really worried about their future here in the United States?
Mr. President, you’ve been the big guy for six months now in the White House. Can you take us behind the scenes, something extraordinary or unusual that happened that stood out to you?
Like my boss Tim Graham tweeted then there’s a takeaway from it all: “HOW do these people lecture Fox about being a president’s lickspittles?”
Indeed, boss. Indeed.
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To see the transcript of all audience questions and all lemon interjections (apart from the opening and commercial breaks), click here.