CNN’s newest hire John Harwood — a former left-wing opinion host at CNBC — compared the Republican Party to the pro-slavery Confederacy of the 1800s. Harwood later deleted his race-baiting tweet after being mocked over an egregious mathematical error he had made to promote his false narrative.
Harwood invoked slavery to imply that the Republicans senators who voted down the Democrats’ motion to call additional witnesses and extend the sham impeachment trial were racist.
In his deleted, fake-news tweet, Harwood claimed: “Of 51 Republican senators who voted to block John Bolton’s testimony in Trump impeachment trial, 25 represent states of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The old Confederacy represents the bulwark of the 21st century GOP.”
Harwood drew immediate backlash over his mathematical mistake, as well as his race-baiting generalization comparing Republicans to slave owners.
One Twitter user laid an epic smackdown by pointing out: “Given that only 11 states seceded from the Union, it would be sort of astounding if they were currently represented by more than 22 Senators. How did you count 13? Please, please tell me, John Harwood, that you don’t think your native Kentucky was a Confederate state.”
He added: “Also, of the 22 Senators who represent states of the former Confederacy, one is a Democrat, one is African-American, and two are Cuban-American sons of immigrants. Also, those states gave us two of the three living Democratic ex-presidents.”
Also, of the 22 Senators who represent states of the former Confederacy, one is a Democrat, one is African-American, and two are Cuban-American sons of immigrants.
Also, those states gave us two of the three living Democratic ex-presidents.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) February 1, 2020
One person noted that even a former Obama campaign aide was stunned that Harwood was “trying to tie together impeachment witness votes and slavery.”
What does the Senate vote on impeachment witnesses have to do with slavery? Nothing. As usual, leftist political operatives masquerading as “CNN journalists” use any vehicle to trash Trump supporters and all Republicans as racist.
Even Obama alum pretty confused as to what the hell John Harwood is going for here pic.twitter.com/CPSebW6Jbw
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) February 2, 2020
Florida business executive Jack Furnari quipped: “So maybe those states should block CNN from being shown.”
So maybe those 23 states should block @CNN from being shown.
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) February 2, 2020
One Twitter user underscored: “Democrats haven’t been this mad at Republicans since we freed their slaves.”
— Gentleman Jon (@GentlemanJonD) February 1, 2020
“The Confederacy were Democrats. Also, the war ended over 150 years ago…move on.”
Confederacy were Democrats
Also, the war ended over 150 years ago… move on
— FoFo Spumoni ? (@FofoSpumoni) February 2, 2020
Reminder: It was the Democratic Party that founded the Ku Klux Klan and supported slavery (while Republicans fought to end it).
This suggestion that the GOP is the Confederacy is the definition of disinformation pic.twitter.com/E3RfndWw3w
— Anons Synonymous (@AnonsSynonymous) February 2, 2020
Harwood’s race-baiting stereotype of anyone who’s not a leftist doubles-down on a similar smear made by a CNN panel on Don Lemon’s opinion show.
Last weekend, Lemon cackled like a hyena when Never-Trumper panelist Rick Wilson implied that all Trump supporters are uneducated, Southern white hicks.
Don Lemon later issued a non-apology when he claimed that he was laughing at a “joke” and was not mocking the 63 million Americans who voted for President Trump.
Many remarked that CNN’s continued condescension toward Americans who don’t live in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., merely proves President Trump’s point that the mainstream media look down on half the country and do not represent their views.
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