On Wednesday night time, President Biden was granted the second city corridor of his presidency (with the first in February and the third within the final 12 months) by his adoring fanboys and ladies at CNN and, not surprisingly, the Jeffrey Zucker-led community made certain that the 80-minute occasion was little greater than a foot-massage (or smelling of the hair since that fits his fancy). 

Together with an eight-to-three cut up in Democrat to Republican viewers questioners, CNN Tonight host Don Lemon repeatedly inserted himself in making an attempt to assist Biden alongside, press him from the left, and provide just one actual difficult second.



Essentially the most noteworthy viewers query and Lemon interjection got here with the eighth query as Cory Marcum (who was possible a Democrat, although Lemon by no means gave him a label) drew applause when requested if it was “logical to eliminate the filibuster so we will defend our democracy and safe the best to vote” within the face of the GOP “efforts to limit voting rights.”

The far-left CNN host took this opening and ran with it, channeling Pleasure Reid in lecturing Biden to axe the Senate’s “Jim Crow relic” and honor “individuals who fought and died” to make sure individuals of all races might vote as a result of the election integrity proposals supposedly harken again to asking Black votes to guess beans in a jar or bubbles on cleaning soap (click on “develop”):

LEMON: However let me — let me speak to you about that as a result of —

BIDEN: Let me end my reply as a result of I would inform you what I might do, I might return to that the place it’s a must to preserve the ground. It’s important to stand there and speak and maintain the ground. You may’t simply say it now. 

LEMON: — I perceive that. However what distinction does that make for those who maintain the ground for a day or a 12 months, what distinction does it make? Right here’s the factor for me. You talked about individuals and that is necessary for individuals who seem like me. [APPLAUSE] My grandmother would sit round after I was a child, fifth grade, had a fifth grade training. I discovered that she could not learn after I was doing my homework. She would inform me tales about individuals asking her to rely the variety of jelly beans within the jar. 

BIDEN: Yeah. 

LEMON: — or the cleaning soap in — so why is defending the filibuster, is that extra necessary than defending voting rights, particularly for individuals who fought and died for that?


LEMON: However is not that the one manner you are going to get it finished proper now? 

BIDEN: No, I do not consider that. I feel we will get that finished.

LEMON: If you happen to — for those who — you agree with the previous President, he has referred to as — as you referred to as him, your previous boss, that it’s a relic of Jim Crow. 

BIDEN: It’s. 

LEMON: If it is a relic of Jim Crow, it has been used to battle in opposition to civil rights laws traditionally. Why defend it?

Rewind to the start and the occasion began with two questions from Lemon and two extra from viewers members (certainly one of every get together) concerning the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations.

In chronological order, the primary questions of word got here subsequent as a Democrat needed to know the way Biden was “working in the direction of convincing” individuals within the Black group “that the vaccine is protected.”

Whether or not CNN knew it or not, that query possible got here as a shock to viewers as they in all probability thought solely right-leaning Individuals have rejected the vaccines.

Lemon and Biden continued to banter about vaccinations, however two of the subsequent three questions had been from Republicans and astutely pointed to sources of concern in our economic system (click on “develop”):

DANIELLE LIPPI [Republican]: So my query is the economic system is choosing up considerably because it reopens from the pandemic. Are you involved concerning the greater inflation costs, particularly as we see gasoline, automotive, and meals costs enhance quickly? What’s your administration doing to assist stop the economic system from overheating such because the poor and center class usually are not damage by the upper costs of products in the long term?


JOHN LANNI [Republican]: We make use of lots of of hard-working workforce members all through the state of Ohio and all through the nation. And we’re seeking to rent extra every single day as we attempt to restart our restaurant enterprise. Your complete business, amongst different industries, proceed to wrestle to search out workers. How do you and the Biden administration plan to incentivize those that have not returned to work but? Hiring is our high precedence proper now.

In Lanni’s case, Biden spent the subsequent 5 minutes ridiculing him and the restaurant business as one thing out of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, insinuating he’ll be out of enterprise if he and his cohorts refuse to pay staff at the very least $15/hour in pre-tips. Oh, and Biden prompt Lanni was ungrateful as a result of “we stored you open” with “billions of {dollars}” in assist.

It was right here that Lemon truly pushed again, reminding him that Lanni owns 39 eating places and thus he’s prepared to place lots of people to work.

In between these questions, there was one other Democrat and he or she mentioned she was “dismayed at how typically Democratic plans for…are held hostage by the utopian want to achieve bipartisan assist” and thus urged Biden to understand that “abandon[ing] the necessity for bipartisanship” is “the best reply.”

Skipping previous a Democrat’s concern a couple of bridge spanning Kentucky and Ohio and the filibuster query, Lemon used the ninth viewers query (from one other Democrat) about gun violence to help Workforce Biden by giving the President the subsequent 10 minutes of screentime to insist he and his administration is worried about rising crime, helps cops, and opposes the #DefundThePolice efforts.

The penultimate viewers query was arguably essentially the most nonpartisan as a girl shared that her son had died from a drug overdose involving fentanyl and needed to know what the federal authorities would do to “fight the problem of unlawful opiates, a lot of which our younger individuals purchase on-line.”

Providing his two cents, Lemon introduced Biden’s corrupt son Hunter into the equation, praising the President for having “been very open about your son Hunter’s drawback with habit.”

“I am so rattling happy with my son. My son simply wrote a e book about how he overcame being addicted, and he did it, and he is doing it and he’s in fine condition, thank God,” he replied.

The ultimate viewers query was an immigration query from — you guessed it — one other Democrat and hit him from the left by urging him to permit Guatemalans to enter the nation.

Lemon used the chance to lob a softball on DREAMers after which shut out the night with a softball about being in workplace for six months (click on “develop”):

I need to speak to you about DACA. I’ve bought two questions on immigration, fast questions I need to ask you about as a result of simply final week, there was a federal decide who dominated this system illegal blocked it from accepting new purposes. What do you say to DREAMers who’re actually anxious about their futures right here in america? 


Mr. President, you’ve got been the large man for six months now within the White Home. Can you’re taking us behind the scenes, one thing that was extraordinary or uncommon that occurred that stands out to you? 

As my boss Tim Graham tweeted afterward, there’s one essential takeaway from all this: “HOW do these individuals lecture Fox about being a president’s lickspittles?”

Certainly, bossman. Certainly.

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To see the transcript of all viewers questions and all Lemon interjections (other than the opening and going to/from business breaks), click on here.