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On Friday, CNN Inside Politics host John King urged critics to give Democrats “a little grace” because their work is “tough.”
King’s call for easier treatment of Democratic lawmakers came specifically in response to a Republican attack ad criticizing Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, for his reckless spending and accusing him of contributing to inflation problems. current events affecting the United States.
The anchor said, “It’s a lot easier to be the opposition party…give the Democrats some grace. Governing is hard, especially when you have small margins.”
He added: “But – but that’s the challenge for the Democrats, they have to be on the same page because the Republicans are just going to hammer with it.”
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CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona agreed with King, warning that Republicans are “grabbing” high inflation and seeing political victory by using the issue. “Republicans are really picking on this. They’ve spent twice as much on campaign ads as Democrats, really hammering Democrats on this issue.”
Although Zanona claimed the GOP “don’t really have a specific answer” on inflation themselves, “in private they say ‘we don’t need it, we can just beat the Democrats permanently with that “.
King’s comments appeared to be an attempt to avoid a source of criticism aimed at Democrats, particularly President Joe Biden. Much of that criticism comes from Biden’s own party, among others.
Recently, former Obama economic adviser Jason Furman said, “I guess the negative views on inflation are so entrenched that nothing can change in the next few months to change them.”
Moreover, the general outlook for Democrats is bleak, and not just in Republican circles.
According to a recent New York Times-Siena College poll, 64% of Democrats would prefer a different presidential candidate for their party in 2024. Further, it indicates that only 13% of Americans think the country is on the right track.
The poll also found that only 1% of young voters “strongly approve” of Biden’s leadership.
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Conservatives on Twitter pointed to King’s call for soft treatment from Democrats. Chad Gilmartin, communications staffer for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, tweeted, “I look forward to the day that CNN will give the Republican majority ‘some grace,'” reminding viewers that CNN would never have had it easy with the Trump administration.
Michele Perez Exner, McCarthy’s communications assistant, agreed: “Yes, because CNN is known for giving Republicans the same ‘grace’ that it quickly bestows on its Democratic allies…”
Republican pollster Logan Dobson observed, “I can’t remember cable news being so graceful in 2017-18! What a great development!”
Townhall.com columnist Mike LaChance tweeted the same point, asking, “Remember when CNN said give Trump and the Republicans a break? Neither does anyone else.”
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The Spectator’s contributing editor Stephen L. Miller shared the video to his account and commented with a seemingly sarcastic “Ah,” as if King was making a reasonable request even though inflation is at its highest level in 40 year.
The NewsBusters Twitter account wrote, “Now that the Democrats are in power, CNN’s John King suddenly thinks they need to be given a break because ‘governing is hard.’ Trump.”
And NewsBusters editor Tim Graham responded to King’s statement with a GIF of SpongeBob SquarePants character Mr. Krabs playing the “world’s smallest violin,” mocking King’s call for sympathy for the Democrats.
Even Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., on Friday criticized the Democratic Party leadership’s message on inflation, saying the party was giving things a “turn” and voters “didn’t like it.” that”.