CNN ‘Trump voter’ panel passionately sticks with the president despite host’s shock

Maybe it’s possible that CNN purposefully chose to give valuable air time and a voice to articulate, knowledgeable, reasonable people who both voted for President Trump AND still by and large support what he’s trying to do…

Or more likely, someone in CNN’s casting department is about to start polishing their resume, because the panel of ‘Trump voters’ CNN host Brooke Baldwin interviewed at the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, New Jersey on Thursday probably wasn’t exactly what the network higher-ups had in mind.

Because these folks were locked, loaded, and ready to fire away at the liberal narrative with both barrels blazing.

Baldwin began the segment by asking for a show of hands of those who believe President Trump has done a good job the first six months. Four out of five raised their hands.

When pressed for reasons, panelist Katie Hepburn credited the strong economy and Trump’s record on national security, saying, “I would rather him be sitting in that seat than anyone else.”

None of the panelists were willing to fault Trump for not repealing Obamacare, instead pinning the blame on feckless Republicans in Congress. This even included Joseph Pinion, the one panelist who didn’t raise his hand at the beginning of the segment.

“The reality was the bill stunk,” Pinion said. “Every iteration was horrible and none of them address the core competencies or the core deficiencies that even conservatives tout. What is more cynical than literally half the Senate conspiring to pass a bill on the notion that it wouldn’t actually be signed into law?”

“There’s a Republican controlled House and Senate,” Baldwin pressed.

“And they’re not taking advantage of it,” panelist Pax Hart interjected, “and that’s not Donald Trump. That’s useless Republicans.”

The panel’s harshest criticism wasn’t aimed at President Trump or even obstructionist Democrats, but on RINO traitors like Arizona Senator John McCain.

When Baldwin asked him to elaborate on his “useless Republicans” comment, Hart said, “They’re absolutely useless. You’ve got John McCain. I personally believe John McCain is on Nancy Pelosi’s payroll. Whenever you want a Republican to stab other Republicans in the back, you go to John McCain and you go to Lindsey Graham,” adding that McCain “campaigned on repealing obamacare for seven years and then once he had the opportunity to make that happen he totally reneged.”

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“I also take issue with John McCain,” said Nicole Collins. “I don’t think there’s a person out there that is happy that he’s been diagnosed with a brain tumor. It’s horrible. However, the fact that this man that we elected to represent us and our interests in Washington DC could stand on the floor and vote and give us a better healthcare system – any degree, anything is better than what we’re dealing with right now – with a scar across his forehead, and say that we don’t deserve the same level of healthcare that he has…”

Baldwin interrupted, obviously aghast that the panel was blaming “everyone else but the president.”

“He’s not the one casting the votes in Congress. To think this was going to be Camelot with Donald Trump, that’s just a complete fallacy,” Hart said.

The panel went on to discuss the president’s tweeting habits, and Baldwin did manage to muster some criticism there, with Pinion saying he should “tweet more responsibly.”

When the topic moved to Russia things really got interesting.

“There’s no reason why we can’t forge an amicable relationship where the United States remains in Control,” said Nicole Collins.

Hart said, “There is no connection with Russia that is substantial compared to the Clinton Foundation.”

“Keep your enemy closer,” added Hepburn. “This is not the cold war anymore. There is no reason why we can’t salvage some sort of relationship with them as long as they stay in line.”

Baldwin seemed shocked that the panel wasn’t buying the whole “Russian interference” narrative either, instead making the point that Russia never “changed the outcome of the election.”

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Watch the entire segment below:

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