Viewers lambasted CNN on Tuesday for using its time with Democratic presidential candidates to bring up Ellen DeGeneres’ friendship with former President George W. Bush, who is considered to be a war criminal by some Democratic voters.
CNN asked about the friendship at Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, where moderator Anderson Cooper put the question to the entire field of candidates — even though no questions had been asked about climate change or China.
Watch the video and read some of the Twitter responses below.
FUCKING ELLEN IS GOING TO RUIN THIS TOO #DemDebate
— Nick Westrate (@westratenick) October 16, 2019
Oh, no. Not the Ellen-Bush thing. #DemDebate
— Allen McDuffee (@AllenMcDuffee) October 16, 2019
WE'RE ENDING ON AN ELLEN DEGENERES REFERENCE? #DemDebate
— KJ (@KendraJames_) October 16, 2019
This debate is too long… who gives a sh*t about who Ellen’s friends are. This question is so dumb! Ellen is an actor. She holds no public office. Ugh. #DemDebate
— Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) October 16, 2019
Now Ellen’s in the debate?
— Carrie La Seur (@claseur) October 16, 2019
Two hours and 45 minutes later, CNN still hasn’t asked about climate change or campaign finance reform.
CNN, just now: In the spirit of Ellen Degeneres, “tell us about a friendship that you’ve had that would surprise us.”
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) October 16, 2019
Ohmyfckingod, no questions about climate or China, but Anderson Cooper closes on a question about Ellen DeGeneres and W. Turning the TV off now. #DemDebate
— Goldy (@GoldyHA) October 16, 2019
Seriously? No one asked #DemDebate about #netneutrality or #surveillance or any real questions about foreign policy or criminal justice reform but we're gonna spend the last 20 minutes on "what's your weirdest friendship" and "civility" signaling around Ellen & a war criminal?
— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) October 16, 2019
Annnnnd there it is, an Ellen/Bush41 question to close out the #DemDebate. So there will be *no* discussion at all of the existential threat of global #climate change. Zero. There are many important issue worth discussing, but this is surely one of them. Every time.
— Dan Fagin (@danfagin) October 16, 2019
— L. Joy Williams (@ljoywilliams) October 16, 2019
Wait… did they really just ask an Ellen question? I can’t. I’m out. #DemDebate
— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) October 16, 2019
Ellen going to a baseball game with George W Bush is not what the American people are thinking about when they lack:
– clean water
— Michael Sayman (@michaelsayman) October 16, 2019
What a great question from @andersoncooper… describe a friendship you’ve had w/ someone who has different beliefs from you… after @TheEllenShow was criticized sitting next to former President Bush. Wow, I love hearing these answers. What answer resonates with you? #DemDebate
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) October 16, 2019
— Lenny Jacobson (@Lennyjacobson) October 16, 2019
The candidate who answers this ridiculous Ellen question with the Dr. Evil monologue from Austin Powers will win the election #DemDebate
— Gautam Mukunda (@gmukunda) October 16, 2019
Bush is responsible for the death of 1 M Iraqis because he and his cabal lied to the world about WMDs, not someone who you’d differ with over recycling #DemDebate
— Jamal Dajani جمال (@JamalDajani) October 16, 2019
If climate change went to a football game with Ellen, would they finally make it a topic for the #DemDebate?
— Olee Fowler (@oleefowler) October 16, 2019
— Nick Barnets (@NickBarnets) October 16, 2019
— Sarah Ewall-Wice (@EwallWice) October 16, 2019