It was the Democratic debate’s standout moment.
The most memorable line from Tuesday’s crash of the clown car in Detroit didn’t come from Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, or even Marianne Williamson and her psychic nuttiness.
It was when CNN “moderator” Don Lemon posed a question that laid bare just how shoddy mainstream media journalism has gotten during the Trump presidency – and many of the debate’s viewers nailed it.
Lemon’s question came during the second hour of the debate and was addressed to Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
“Senator Klobuchar, what do you say to those Trump voters who prioritize the economy over the president’s bigotry?”
It wasn’t the only reference to race over the night, of course – that’s a liberal go-to when it comes to attacking President Donald Trump.
But for Lemon to frame the question by taking Trump’s alleged “bigotry” as a matter of fact – and then transferring that accusation to Trump’s millions of voters — set the moment apart from the other squawking.
That fact that Klobuchar answered the question as though it were legitimate showed how divorced from reality Democrats can get when they’re coddled up in the media cocoon.
But the outside world was watching, and much of it didn’t like what it saw one bit.
This is a real question CNN “journalist” Don Lemon asked tonight at the #DemDebate:
“What do you say to those Trump voters who prioritize the economy over the president’s bigotry?”
What a joke. pic.twitter.com/wQ7y6EoZZ2
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) July 31, 2019
Conservative commentator Dan Bongino summed up the reaction in one word, dripping with sarcasm.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) July 31, 2019
For many, it was Don Lemon showing why he’s one of the least-trusted names in news.
Don Lemon, what do you say to those “journalist” who prioritize race baiting over journalistic integrity?
— emazzy72 (@emazzy72) July 31, 2019
Don Lemon should be fired … how dare he call people he doesn’t know bigots. But we do know what a despicable person Lemon is.
— mlchat (@MFul08406306) July 31, 2019
Let’s not forget this is the same man who asked the very serious question if a black hole could swallow an airplane.
— Fredrick Moore (@Gator_Moore79) July 31, 2019democratjustin
But for some viewers, it was a demonstration of why Trump won his upset victory in 2016 – and will win again in 2020.
The disdain of mainstream media figures like Lemon for the president and his supporters does nothing to win over potential voters for a Democratic opponent – and a lot to solidify Trump’s base.
He’s now the biggest reason I’m voting for Trump.
— Mr/s Woke McWokerson (@MiniMiki333) July 31, 2019
There are a lot more reasons to vote for Trump than antipathy toward the mainstream media in general and Don Lemon in particular. But if that helps Trump win re-election in 2020, his supporters won’t be complaining.
That wasn’t the goal of Lemon’s question, of course. The preening condescension was aimed at showing the world – and the American electorate — just how morally superior liberals are.
The effect was exactly the opposite. Americans paying attention to the economy and the world know that Trump is not a racist or anything close. What Lemon’s question really did was show with crystal clarity just how stacked against Trump and his supporters the media actually is.
And that’s only going to help Trump heading into 2020.
The question backfired right in Lemon’s face.
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