CNN hosted what they hyped as “the last debate before the first votes” on Tuesday — and there were harsh reviews online.
The debate was moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip, along with Brianne Pfannenstiel of The Des Moines Register.
The trio was criticized for the spectacle, here’s some of what people were saying:
These moderators are not good, the questions are not good, and this debate shows why the Dems should have winnowed the no-hopers a lot earlier before fatigue set in.#DemDebate
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 15, 2020
Why does it feel like the candidates did a way better job prepping for this debate than the moderators did in prepping for this debate?#DemocraticDebate
— Jason Page (@TheBackPage) January 15, 2020
Did CNN borrow their debate moderators from Fox News tonight? What’s up with the framing of these questions?
— Philip Obenschain (@pobenschain) January 15, 2020
why do all the debate moderators read their questions like a high school student giving a presentation on a subject they don't care about?
— Tyler Glaiel (@TylerGlaiel) January 15, 2020
This debate is not worth watching. Boring as hell, moderators either are asking the same questions as past debates or are flat out terrible
— JL (@JackPLamb) January 15, 2020
It’s fun to see debate moderators ask the same questions every debate. It’s almost like they haven't seen any other debates.
— Touré (@Toure) January 15, 2020
I have never seen a political debate where the moderators target a candidate as harshly as they are targeting Sanders. It’s like being at a Yale dinner party.
— Jason Stanley (@jasonintrator) January 15, 2020
— Voto Latino (@votolatino) January 15, 2020
How is it possible that I watched all the previous Democratic debates and, based on their questions, none of these moderators caught even a second of them?
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) January 15, 2020
“Wanna watch the debates?” – Emily
“Nah…CNN moderators.” – Me
[End up listening to the debate from the next room while watching three sites comment about the debate on the iPad]
— The Mandoolorian (@typefiend) January 15, 2020
And the moderating/moderators, and questions in this debate are annoying.
— Amara Enyia (@AmaraEnyia) January 15, 2020
I feel like this is not a debate between the candidates, it’s more of a debate between the candidates and the moderators. #DemocraticDebate
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) January 15, 2020
I've just about had it with watching this debate. The moderators are behaving as inquisitors, doing their best not to illuminate issues but to incite fireworks to boost ratings for television. It's despicable. To hell with it. I'll read the transcript after a slug of bourbon.
— James Conner (@jrcflatheadmemo) January 15, 2020
All the democratic debates should be on PBS and PBS should select the moderators. CNN shouldn’t be able to profit from a party’s debate process by selling ads and pushing conflict.
— Michael J. Foody (@MichaelJFoody) January 15, 2020
I didn’t watch the debate, but from your tweets, I gather that once again the moderators distinguished themselves by their perceptiveness, nimble questioning, and deft command of the major issues
— Tom Breen (@TJBreen) January 15, 2020
Cannot stand moderators on Democratic debate. 1 1/2 min is not enough time to address their poor quality questions and they talk over the candidates responses in order to enforce the 1 1/2 min limit. Are they even listening to their answers!
— Masanee Brown (@MasaneeB) January 15, 2020
The moderators are functionally Bernie's opponents in the debates. They share the same worldview as like Mitt Romney.
— Ali Gharib (@Ali_Gharib) January 15, 2020
CNN proving they'll make anybody moderators of their debate. Who is this lady, and she's absolutely awful. #DemDebate
— Ed Oswald (@edoswald) January 15, 2020
These 6 GOP senators have negative approval ratings — threatening Republican control in 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may not be in control of the body following the 2020 elections. In fact, he might not even be a senator.
On Thursday, Morning Consult released a new poll on all 100 senators, based on 494,899 interviews with voters. The survey had some major red flags for Republicans hoping to hold control of the chamber in 2020.
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It’s 2020 and Florida’s Supreme Court just ruled in favor of a poll tax
"Florida cannot violate the U.S. Constitution's protections. The right to vote cannot be contingent on the ability to pay."
Florida's state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of denying convicted felons the right to vote if they do not pay fines and fees associated with their incarceration, a decision that was immediately assailed by rights activists as an unconstitutional and immoral poll tax.
In a statement condemning the ruling (pdf), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of Florida, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund said the ruling "does not—indeed, cannot—alter what the U.S. Constitution requires."
Trump ridiculed as a ‘big baby’ for showing kids a map of 2016 results: ‘It’s his blankie’
President Donald Trump was blasted as a "baby" for apparently worrying about his legitimacy after two articles of impeachment were transmitted from the House of Representatives to the U.S. Senate.
During an Oval Office event on "constitutional prayer in public schools," Trump had a large map on his desk showing the 2016 election, with red showing areas won by Trump and blue showing areas won by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic Party nominee.
The map, however, is misleading as it shows the election results by area. But land does not vote, people do. And despite the largely-red map, Trump lost the popular vote in 2016 by 2,868,686 votes.