S.E. Cupp sounds off on late-coming 2020 Dems: ‘Have you guys lost your minds?!’

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CNN’s S.E. Cupp suggested on Saturday that any Democrat considering “parachuting in” to make a last-minute entry into the 2020 race needs to shut up, turn around and quietly slink away like a whipped mongrel — including Hillary Clinton.

The CNN host posited the angry suggestion while speaking about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s newfound sudden interest in joining the race.

I have one question — Have you guys lost your minds!?” she asked in exasperation.

Listen to her whole rant below:


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Her frustration lay specifically with the fact that the current crop of candidates have been campaigning and building a voter base for nearly a year. By jumping in at the last-minute, Bloomberg and others like him would disrupt this process.

“Well sorry, Democrats who have been running for two years, visiting all 99 Iowa counties, eating fried butter at state fairs, sending poorly-paid staffers to burrow down in New Hampshire and South Carolina and everywhere in between,” she said sarcastically.

Her anger was palpable.

“Sorry Democrats debating, fundraising and answering reporter and video questions and Twitter questions and release plan after plan and explains over and over how you fix health care, sorry you guys just haven’t performed up to Michael Bloomberg’s standards. So here he comes to save the day,” Cupp added.

The problem, she continued, is that “Bloomberg’s not the answer.”

She’s not alone in feeling like this:

“He has no natural constituency, and parachuting in three months before the first caucus with a boatload of cash will not endear him to voters,” she said.

Worse, it may further fracture the Democrat Party, thus making it that much more difficult for the party to eventually coalescence around one strong candidate.

And yet Bloomberg isn’t alone …

“If you can believe it, despite the dozens of candidates [already] vying for the Democrat nomination, others are still considering jumping in this late in the game,” Cupp explained. “Some names being floated include former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, former AG Eric Holder, former Secretary of State John Kerry, and even Hillary Clinton.”

And the fact that so many people are even considering “parachuting in” like Bloomberg this late in the game has the host completely flummoxed.

I have one question — Have you guys lost your minds!?” she asked in exasperation.

Iowa is less than three months away,” she continued. “Democrats have spent the last year introducing us to their candidates — all 200 of them! And the field is finally consolidating behind a handful of candidates, qualified candidates with voter bases. That anyone would think getting in now would help Democrats instead of hurting them blows my mind.

Of course, none of the names she listed have actually declared their candidacies — yet. On Friday, Bloomberg reportedly filed paperwork to run in Alabama’s primary, which, while noticeable, falls short of an official declaration.

“Mr. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman, has been privately weighing a bid for the White House for weeks and has not yet made a final decision on whether to run, an adviser said,” The New York Times reported Thursday.

“But in the first sign that he is seriously moving toward a campaign, Mr. Bloomberg has dispatched staffers to Alabama to gather signatures to qualify for the primary there. Though Alabama does not hold an early primary, it has a Friday deadline for candidates to formally enter the race,” the report added.

The billionaire businessman has however certainly taken more steps than any of his peers, including Holder, who’s only mulled about a run privately.

But the biggest “but if” centers on Clinton, whom a growing chorus of analysts had been predicting — up until Bloomberg’s announcement, that is — would soon enter the race.

“And HRC waited, waited and finally, preparing to soon pull the trigger (according to former Clinton intimates with whom I spoke this evening), had to be totally blown away by Bloomberg,” conservative talk radio show personality Jay Severin tweeted after Bloomberg’s big news last week. “With Bloomberg in, what is the rationale for HRC?! What a Blow. Bloomberg kills HRC.”

The thinking is that Clinton wanted to enter the race as a voice of “moderation” — or at least in contrast to the current crop of radicals running for office. But with Bloomberg considered an even more “moderate” voice, nobody knows for certain anymore.

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