Like you needed another reason not to tune in to watch CNN hosts Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo for serious political analysis, the duo launched into an odd rendition of the “All in The Family” theme song on Tuesday night.
The reasoning, of course, seems to be to suggest that by wanting to make America great again, President Trump wants to take the country back to a time when racial bigotry was far more common.
Cuomo was in the process of ending his show and handing it over to Lemon, a time that often features banter between the two, and he was mocking Trump for not being up to speed on all the progressive gains in the world after ridiculing the president for tweeting that “airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly,” after the terrible crash involving a new Boeing 737 Max 8.
“When were we ever greater than we are today?” he asked.
This prompted Lemon to begin the opening refrain of the theme song to “All in the Family,” the classic 70s sitcom starring Carol O’Conner as Archie Bunker, a working class bigot.
“Boy, the way Glen Miller played,” Lemon softly sings, prompting Cuomo to join in with the next line, “Songs that made the hit parade” — the transition sounding a bit too rehearsed.
“Guys like us we had it made, those were the days,” the two then sang in unison.
Lemon, who is gay, continued with the next lyrics, saying “this is my favorite part,” as he looked down, almost as if he was reading the words from a script.
“And you knew who you were then,” he sings in a high pitch, as Cuomo somewhat fittingly says, “You be Edith.”
(Archie’s wife, brilliantly played by Jean Stapleton.)
Cuomo then belts out in a masculine voice, “Girls were girls and men were men.”
He went on to suggest “that’s what he’s tapping into,” a reference to the bigotry of Trump’s supporters.
“That’s what we’re going back to?” Cuomo also asked as they finish the song, as he called “All in the Family” a brilliant show.
“But what was it supposed to do?” he continued. “It was a parody of the perversity of ignorance in the form of Archie Bunker.”
All of which is part and parcel of the Democratic narrative to attack conservatives by saying that, as a country, we cannot long for past successes without also wanting to reinstate past mistakes.
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