CNNers Belittle Trump's SOTU Guests: Like Oprah Handing Out Cars

Nicholas Fondacaro | February 5, 2020
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Throughout President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, he accented his address and policy proposals by looking to the balcony and calling attention to the stories of great Americans, just as every president since Ronald Reagan had done. But in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, CNN’s Cuomo PrimeTime took issue with Trump’s use of those guests, with one decrying the scene as akin to Oprah Winfrey handing out free cars.

Following lengthy discussions about Iowa, host Chris Cuomo teed up the panel discussion by blasting Trump for not living up the great people he had as his guests. “The President in that speech tonight celebrated what the country is about for one set of moments. Our diversity. How we overcome. How we come together. But is that what he's really about? And is that for them-- something for them to use as a sword and a shield,” he scoffed.

During the segment, Cuomo repeatedly and rightly boasted about the wonderful Americans that represented the valor, determination, and resilience of the American people. But Cuomo refused to share any soundbites from those “really poignant moments.” Instead, he told his audience to “go online and look.”

Hitting on his gripe that the President didn’t live up to those examples, Cuomo turned to CNN analyst April Ryan, someone who parties with creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti, to comment on whether “this President celebrates by what he says and does on a regular basis?”