The CNN panel on Don Lemon was on point. In the final hours before Election Day, CNN panelists Bakari Sellers, Ana Navarro, Maria Cardona and Hilary Rosen rejected the insistence by Donald Trump supporters Corey Lewandowski and Andy Dean that the vote from people of color was down.
Ana Navarro began by explaining her recent op-ed that outlined why she, as a conservative Republican Latina, picked Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump for president.
“I don’t think we can survive a person with very bad character, a very bad person,” Navarro explained. “It scares me, it worries me, it concerns me, what Donald Trump has brought out in the American people, the hostility, the division, people hurling anti-Semitic insults at the media, people hurling insults at Hispanics, the misogyny. It’s sad how far down the gutter this election has gone. As an American who loves this country, who loves the Republican values, who loves the democratic system, I just felt that I wasn’t in a position to cast a symbolic vote.”
Hilary Rosen remarked that Trump essentially lost the election from the first day he began his campaign by putting a target on Latinos. The early voting numbers in Nevada confirm Rosen’s claim, but Lewandowski and Dean claimed it wasn’t accurate. That’s when the panel devolved into chaos.
“Donald Trump will be kept from the White House by a big, beautiful, brown wall,” Clinton supporter Maria Cardona said.
The panel devolved into chaos, but Sellers’s voice of reason broke through the noise.
“The reason the analysis is wrong, if you live down in Florida, you have the Hispanic turnout is up about 130 some-odd percent,” Sellers explained. “And what that shows you is, yes, African-American turnout is tracking what they are, the percentage of the population.”
Dean wouldn’t hear it, insisting that turnout was down, respective of Barack Obama being on the ballot. Sellers explained that Black turnout in early voting is consistent with their share of the population at 13 percent.
“But what you see Andy, and what you and Corey are missing is the larger talking point,” Sellers continued. “The larger talking point is that the electorate is more diverse. That benefits Hillary Clinton. But, I want to go back to Ana, really quickly, if I can for one moment. Our country is really divided. Our country, everybody has dug their heels in and went to their respective corners. It’s going to be people like Ana Navarro, Margaret Hoover, who are willing to strip themselves of our partisan ideology. I’m even at fault for being uber-partisan and blindly putting aside the reality that’s in my face. But if our country is going to come together, it’s going to take the courage of those people, and people like Ana, who came in today, so we can come together regardless of our party, regardless of our race or creed.”
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