CNN’s newest addition Kasie Hunt stumbled into a leftist hornet’s nest on Tuesday when she broke rank with the liberal network and called Democrats out for their partisan elitist politics following Governor Gavin Newsom’s win in the California recall election.
“CA GOV BIG PICTURE: One of the top Democrats in the country got caught living like an elite while everyone else suffered. Elites vs. the rest is the driving force in our politics right now and Democrats have a tough needle to thread both in California & nationwide. Democrats need to prove they can govern for EVERYBODY, and if you look at California — it’s not necessarily the best test case for national Democrats (see: concern about homelessness, crime, etc),” Hunt tweeted.
“Republicans not named Trump did learn they had unrealized opportunities with working class voters (including Black and Latino voters) as they watched 2020 returns roll in,” she stated.
“Obviously California is a Special Place — but the fact that a Democratic national star in waiting *faced* a recall and then had to fight hard for it midway through the campaign does say a lot about the potential challenges Democrats face across the map,” Hunt added in her thread. “Especially if President Biden can’t demonstrate he’s capable of getting the resurgent pandemic under control, has another competence crisis a la Afghanistan, can’t get his budget plan through Congress, etc.”
Democrats need to prove they can govern for EVERYBODY, and if you look at California — it's not necessarily the best test case for national Democrats (see: concern about homelessness, crime, etc) (2/)
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) September 15, 2021
Republicans not named Trump did learn they had unrealized opportunities with working class voters (including Black and Latino voters) as they watched 2020 returns roll in (3/)
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) September 15, 2021
…especially if President Biden can't demonstrate he's capable of getting the resurgent pandemic under control, has another competence crisis a la Afghanistan, can't get his budget plan through Congress, etc. (fin)
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) September 15, 2021
CNN’s new chief national affairs analyst came on board in September after eight years toiling away at MSNBC. Her fearless statements on social media concerning Democrats and how they need to appeal to everyone, not just leftist radicals, were met with viciousness and widespread scolding by liberals on social media.
The first up to bat was Hunt’s former MSNBC colleague Malcolm Nance who disparaged her big time.
“Oh this is just plain old stupid,” Nance caustically said.
Oh this is just plain old stupid. https://t.co/BiPgLGefZJ
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) September 15, 2021
Activist Darlene McDonald tried to shame Hunt, “How does a really good news anchor get this so very wrong? We all make mistakes. I employ Ms Hunt to take a second look at this and perhaps, rewrite it with a renewed outlook. I’m not giving up on her. She’s better than this take.”
How does a really good news anchor get this so very wrong? We all make mistakes. I employ Ms Hunt to take a second look at this and perhaps, rewrite it with a renewed outlook. I'm not giving up on her. She's better than this take. @CNN @CNNplus https://t.co/59mwsBD7FV
— Darlene McDonald (@VoteDarlene) September 15, 2021
USA Today Editor Doug Farrar blasted Hunt, claiming she “gets reporting and opinion confused to a truly gobsmacking degree.”
In which CNN's Chief National Affairs Analyst gets reporting and opinion confused to a truly gobsmacking degree. https://t.co/psy7SEac3l
— Doug Farrar ✍ (@NFL_DougFarrar) September 15, 2021
Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann nastily lashed out at Hunt declaring it is “genuinely hard to believe you have spent any days prior to this one covering politics.”
Reading this, it is genuinely hard to believe you have spent any days prior to this one covering politics. https://t.co/LbMw8mKPer
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 15, 2021
Singer John Legend also took a swing at Hunt. “He faced a recall because it’s ridiculously easy to start a recall in California. He won in a landslide that probably won’t reflect much erosion from his last election, if any,” Legend tweeted. “This analysis seems to be ignoring these very salient points.”
He faced a recall because it’s ridiculously easy to start a recall in California. He won in a landslide that probably won’t reflect much erosion from his last election, if any. This analysis seems to be ignoring these very salient points
— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 15, 2021
Ian Millhiser, who is the senior correspondent at Vox, tweeted that “we can all agree that Kasie Hunt is the biggest loser in the California recall.”
I we can all agree that Kasie Hunt is the biggest loser in the California recall.
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) September 15, 2021
Elie Mystal, who is the justice correspondent at The Nation, quipped, “Larry Elder: I lost on California recall election night. Kasie Hunt: Hold my beer.”
Larry Elder: I lost on California recall election night.
Kasie Hunt: Hold my beer.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) September 15, 2021
It didn’t stop there. Liberals lined up to take shots at Hunt on social media for daring to speak the truth and not toe the party line:
It is embarrassing that CNN hired this woman for over $1 million when she doesn't even have the most basic understanding of politics. https://t.co/ntYWG1GotL
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) September 15, 2021
The most infuriating aspect of @kasie’s very bad take is the platform she has and the opportunity she’ll be given to force facts into her narrative. The ego of a person who would post this, won’t allow them to back down. https://t.co/TOSMgY7wpC
— Andrew Tristero (@rewFer) September 15, 2021
When you crunch the numbers it is the people who won that lost bc that seems narratively interesting and also the raccoons that ate my brain are still in the backyard dear god help https://t.co/z3x5mc4R3x
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) September 15, 2021
Our political press is so profoundly broken. https://t.co/jwRbBxSSzN
— Joshua Holland (@JoshuaHol) September 15, 2021
5-part thread from @kasie Hunt – each part worst than the last. This isn’t journalism Kasie; it’s speculative crap – far removed from facts – & it’s dead ass wrong.
I just unfollowed. No point following you in your CNN tenure if this is the kind of garbage you’re putting out. https://t.co/R6VYwPKOHY
— The Writing Kit (@thewritingkit) September 15, 2021
this take is completely ignoring the broken CA recall system that rewards the smallest of minorities.
This recall was never about “elites” – that’s a Republican talking point issued by elites against a Democratic Party whose legislative priorities cater to working people. https://t.co/6Hc93HL4iT
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 15, 2021
You get paid for this? https://t.co/Ec0JoH57RB
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) September 15, 2021
— constantine (@kostianis) September 15, 2021
Another decisive Dem win. Another garbage take by the “liberal” media. https://t.co/xuXkbmsd7V
— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) September 15, 2021
Proving Kasie Hunt doesn’t understand California or the recall process at all. https://t.co/CCfkw1XupI
— Karoli (@Karoli) September 15, 2021
This whole thread is like an 8-year-old who goes to see the Harlem Globetrotters and believes the Washington Generals have a chance to win. https://t.co/8Q2YsDLLti
— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) September 15, 2021
This person is apparently a "journalist" for "mainstream news" outlet "CNN", not a Republican spokesperson as you may assume. Note: Democratic California Governor going to win recall in massive landslide, which Republican spokesperson (sorry "journalist") below fails to mention. https://t.co/KsGhN8ztNK
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) September 15, 2021
these gop talking points dressed up as “analysis” is so bad (for starters, there’s no thought about how the “resurgent” pandemic has disproportionately affected the republican base and red states) but the “(fin)” is really sending me https://t.co/1wJXg1mWJh
— alex (@alex_abads) September 15, 2021
— KellyCorrine (@KDavCor) September 15, 2021
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