Democratic presidential debate question about Ellen DeGeneres triggers mass disgust

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Members of the far-left threw an enraged fit Tuesday evening when CNN host Anderson Cooper chose to end the fourth Democrat presidential primary debate on a lighthearted note by asking the candidates a rather endearing question about friendship.

“Last week, Ellen DeGeneres was criticized after she and former President George W. Bush were seen laughing together at a football game,” his question began.

“Ellen defended their friendship, saying, ‘We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s OK, that we’re all different.’ So in that spirit, we’d like you to tell us about a friendship that you’ve had that would surprise us and what impacts it’s had on you and your beliefs.”

It was a cutesy, human question that evoked a cutesy, human response from all of the candidates, particularly Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who spoke of her friendship with former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy (awww).

But this otherwise cute, human question provoked a completely different response from members of the far-left, who took to Twitter to yelp in unison about the debate not ending with a more important topic such as climate change or white supremacy — and about CNN’s apparently sinful decision to promote friendship with alleged “war criminals”:

FYI, former President George W. Bush is not a “war criminal,” the world is not “literally on fire” and the question wasn’t really about Ellen — it was about friendship. Moreover, a question about friendship does, in fact, seem highly relevant given the polarized nature of contemporary American politicians.

“Democrats and Republicans have long disagreed over policies, but in recent years the disagreement has turned personal. In [a recent] PRRI poll, more people were displeased by the thought that their child would marry someone of a different political party than of a different religion,” The New York Times reported in April.

“Many Americans think people in the other party are ignorant, spiteful, evil and generally destroying the country,” Axios reported last November, citing then-new poll numbers.

With so much hatred and animosity bristling under the seams — and politically-related violence seemingly on the rise — it seems that perhaps Cooper’s decision to end the debate by promoting friendship and unity may have been a wise one.

If nothing else, it certainly helped expose candidate Julián Castro as a fraud. Although he readily answered the question during the debate, afterward he took to Twitter to complain about it. The sudden about-face seemed rather two-faced.

Sen. Kamala Harris also complained on Twitter, but her complaint encompassed the whole debate and made no mention of the Ellen question:

This sentiment — that the debate should have covered more topics — does seem fair, though in defense of CNN, a debate is only so long. Plus, this was one of many primary debates, and CNN just held a crazy LGBT town hall last week.

Vivek Saxena


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