A CNN host found it hard to conceal her contempt when dealing with Trump supporters who believe illegal immigrants were allowed to vote in the presidential election.
A guest who was part of a focus group told CNN host Alisyn Camerota that millions of illegal votes were cast, which skewed the popular vote in favor of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
“Voting is a privilege in this country, and you need to be legal — not like in California, where 3 million illegals voted,” a Trump supporter said.
“So where are you getting your information,” Camerota asked condescendingly.
The guest replied that she’d heard it from multiple media sources, and added that the president actually encouraged illegals to vote.
The guest was making reference to a November 4 exchange between the president and Hispanic interviewer Gina Rodriguez, during which Obama appeared to tell illegal aliens they can vote, citing the “sanctity of the vote.”
“Did you hear President Obama say that illegal people could vote?” the CNN host asked in disbelief.
All the guests answered affirmatively, and someone else called out, “Google it, you can find it on Facebook.”
“I don’t want to waste anymore time, but whatever.” Camerota shot back.
She paused the interview long enough to make a quick internet search on her smart phone.
“I see where it came from,” she told the group. “Fox Business Network deceptively edited a clip of Barack Obama to argue that the president encouraged illegal immigrants to vote when he did nothing of the sort when you go back to the transcript.”
Camerota was likely refrencing a Mediaite post claiming Stuart Varney was using deceptive editing against Obama. Varney’s clip included only the most incriminating remarks in Obama’s answer.
So that was that — CNN had spoken and FBN used “deceptive editing” to take the president’s comments out of context.
The focus group apparently wasn’t allowed to counter Camerota’s conclusion, and in fact she didn’t make a conclusion at all — she merely read someone else’s conclusion.
Here’s the full exchange between Obama and Rodriguez. You can do what CNN wouldn’t allow and make your own decision. The deleted parts are in bold.
RODRIGUEZ: Many of the millennials, Dreamers, undocumented citizens — and I call them citizens because they contribute to this country — are fearful of voting. So if I vote, will immigration know where I live? Will they come for my family and deport us?
OBAMA: Not true. And the reason is, first of all, when you vote, you are a citizen yourself. And there is not a situation where the voting rolls somehow are transferred over and people start investigating, etc. The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential in terms of who you voted for. If you have a family member who maybe is undocumented, then you have an even greater reason to vote.
It should be noted that FBN’s Neil Cavuto used a more thorough clip of the same Obama interview and came to the same conclusion as Varney.
So what do you think? Was the editing deceptive or not?
Either way, Camerota didn’t do her argument any favors with her condescending tone and demeanor. You can watch the clip below:
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