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The various “journalists” at CNN, a “news” network that President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign recently derided as “Democrat state media,” acted rather melodramatically after President Donald Trump spoke from the White House late Thursday. Some might even say they experienced “meltdowns.”
During the briefing, the president said that he believes he won the 2020 race but that his victory is gradually being stolen from him through “illegal votes.”
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us. If you count the votes that came in late, we’re looking to them very strongly, but a lot of votes came in late,” he said.
While noteworthy because of the post-election timing, the remarks simply echoed concerns he’s long expressed about the documented unreliability of mail-in ballots. Nevertheless, his remarks triggered a whirlwind of melodramatic performances from CNN’s “journalists.”
“What a sad night for the United States of America to hear their president say that, to falsely accuse people of trying to steal the election, to try to attack democracy that way with his feast of falsehoods,” host Jake Tapper said immediately after the briefing.
“Lie after lie after lie about the election being stolen. No evidence for what he’s saying, just smears about the integrity of vote counting in state after state. When he wins the state, it’s legitimate. When he loses, it’s because the vote is being stolen from him. It’s not true. It’s ugly. It’s frankly, pathetic.”
Fellow network host Dana Bash concurred.
“It’s sad. I mean, I’m not an emotional person, and I’m having trouble kind of keeping it together after listening to the president of the United States saying what he just said,” she complained.
Listen to the full segment below:
Toward the end of the clip above, fellow host Anderson Cooper chimed in by describing the president of the United States as an “obese turtle.”
“That is the most powerful person in the world, and we see him like an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun realizing his time is over, but he just hasn’t accepted it, and he wants to take everybody down with him including this country” Cooper said.
The reaction from pundits like those at CNN inspired Sen. Marco Rubio to wonder why the media never say the same thing when Democrats question the results of an election.
When Republicans file election lawsuits because a state won’t follow the law the media calls it “unfounded”
When Democrats file election lawsuit to force a state to violate the law they call it “legitimate”https://t.co/ojWR1RIDWd
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 6, 2020
In fact, more often than not, members of the media wind up echoing the Democrats to a T. Take Joyce Allen, an NBC/MSNBC legal analyst who to this day still believes the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race was “stolen” from Stacey Abrams.
Georgia may get its revenge for 2018 today. It could have had @staceyabrams as its Governor to lead it through Covid. Many people there still believe the election was stolen with classic suppression.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) November 3, 2020
In two years, not a shred of evidence has emerged to substantiate this conspiracy theory, but it doesn’t seem to matter to media members like Alene. Yet regarding the president’s concerns about mail-in ballots, there could be legitimacy to them.
In 2012, The New York Times ran a report warning that “votes cast by mail are less likely to be counted, more likely to be compromised and more likely to be contested than those cast in a voting booth.” Yet now that a Republican is saying essentially the same thing, the Times has joined other media organizations in denouncing him.
Dovetailing back to CNN, the most melodramatic response came from frequent network contributor Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.
“As a political historian, I’ve studied a lot of bad things from our past. This moment is really rock bottom,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
The tweet naturally provoked a “yuge” ratio.
Look at some of the scathing replies below (*Language warning):
pretty sure the president shitposting at a WH press briefing ranks somewhere below chattel slavery and the Indian Removal Act.
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) November 6, 2020
what do a few japanese-americans thrown in internment camps without cause compare to bad tweets?
— Tiana Lowe (@TianaTheFirst) November 6, 2020
I think you need to learn a little more history
— Jason Hopkins 🧱 (@thejasonhopkins) November 6, 2020
I’ve got some history books you can borrow if you wanna test that claim
— Hugh Naylor (@HughNaylor) November 6, 2020
I felt enslaved by that conference. Interned even. It was a Trail of Tears. The Alien and Sedition aspect was upsetting. It was like being nuked in Nagasaki.
— The Dumb Money (@The_Dumb_Money) November 6, 2020
Then you’re not much of a historian. For your own sake, you ought to delete this.
— Joshua Claybourn (@JoshuaClaybourn) November 6, 2020
You’re a fucking historian, Julian.
— roqayah (@roqchams) November 6, 2020
To be fair, he’s the type of “historian” who works at CNN … *cough*
He eventually retracted his tweet but doubled down on his belief that having a president raise legitimate concerns about an election “is a terrible thing for our democracy.”
This tweet was poorly worded so I’m going to delete it. pic.twitter.com/kH4kfHjvyt
— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) November 6, 2020
Ok folks! Obviously, we are in agreement on everything. No need for more lists. And I could easily add to all of that. But having a sitting president attack the election process and the right of Americans to have their vote counted is a terrible thing for our democracy.
— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) November 6, 2020
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