A CNN panel on Friday slammed former Vice President Joe Biden’s attempt to use humor to play down the sexual harassment allegations swirling around the potential Democratic presidential candidate, saying his jokes were “tone deaf” and not funny.
“The former vice president at the top of his speech made what he thought to be a joke,” said host John King. “He embraced a union president, a man, walked over to the microphone and said, ‘I asked permission beforehand’.”
“It seemed really off tone, tone deaf,” King added. “I’m being kind when I say that.”
“It’s the discipline question, it’s a question of this political tone deafness,” said the Daily Beast’s Washington bureau chief Jackie Kucinich. “Yeah, that’s a Joe Biden who would probably do very well on the campaign trail. It’s just whether he can he help himself from these other Bidenisms.”
“He was joking around on stage, but it just wasn’t funny. It didn’t land the way he intended,” added Politico’s Eliana Johnson. “If coming out and talking to reporters is one of his strengths, why did he wait a week to do it?” She added that his video response “looked like it was shot on a GoPro” and that he had “let others control the narrative, to his detriment.”
“Even when he’s trying to apologize, he’s still defending himself and some of his actions,” chimed in Buzzfeed’s Tarini Parti. “I think that balance, as he’s addressing that issue more and more, could get frustrating for some people if he keeps saying, ‘oh but there were hundreds who do like it when I hug them.'”
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Speaking with host John Berman, Toobin explained that Lewandowski would be performing for the president during the hearing and lawmakers should expect combative answers when they get any answers at all.
"The White House is claiming privilege for everything beyond the information provided in portions of the [Mueller] report that have already been disclosed to the committee," Berman prompted. "Presumably Lewandowski will be able to answer questions for things that are in writing in the Mueller report, just nothing beyond that."
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In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Cheadle asked how any person of color could be part of a party that doesn't want them.
"Well, he and the party have just shown that they have no interest in any of group but white," said Cheadle. "Whites are the primary group. Everyone else may get crumbs. But his agenda is targeted towards benefitting whites. For the GOP as well. The GOP is they want to slash Social Security. They want to slash welfare. They don't say diddly-squat about cutting subsidies, loan guarantees, government contracts and whatever else for the wealthy. So they're all about themselves."
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A CNN panel broke out into laughter talking about President Donald Trump's pathetic jealousy of his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
Obama's new book is slated to score major profits, so he was given a substantial advance for the book. Former first lady Michelle Obama has already enjoyed considerable success from the release of her book and tour. The couple has since made a production deal with Netflix for their company that will focus on fiction and non-fiction stories with a positive social message. Meanwhile, Trump is struggling to win reelection.
"Why is this president so fixated on the former president?" wondered Lemon. "Whether it is North Korea, federal judges, a racist birther lie about the former president not being born here, that’s the one that got him into the political scene. It seems like this president has an obsession with former President Obama. What’s going on?"