By Mark Finkelstein
Despite careful, multiple, readings of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement [below] regarding President Trump’s challenges to the election results, we were unable to divine therein a single f-bomb. But CNN’s John Berman would purport to powers exceeding ours. On this morning’s New Day, Berman somehow saw an f-word that we missed. Opening the show with an emotional statement worthy of the most partisan Democrat, Berman claimed that after Joe Biden called for unity:
“The response from the outgoing president? No. The response from the administration? Hell no. The response from Republican leaders in Congress? F no.”
McConnell was the only Republican congressional leader that Berman mentioned. Here was McConnell’s statement, as reported by CNN itself:
“In the United States of America, all legal ballots must be counted. Any illegal ballots must not be counted. The process should be transparent — or observable — by all sides, and the courts are here to work through concerns. Our institutions are actually built for this. We have the system in place to consider concerns, and President Trump is 100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options.”
Far from a vulgar tirade attacking the validity of the election, McConnell offered a mild-mannered, unobjectionable statement. Can Berman or anyone else contradict McConnell when he says that legal ballots should be counted, illegal ballots should not, and President Trump has a right to look into allegations of irregularities?
Here was Berman’s response:
The response from the outgoing president? No. The response from the administration? Hell no. The response from Republican leaders in Congress? F no. It’s not that unity isn’t a priority for them. Unity seems to be the enemy. It will hurt the fund-raising. It will hurt the base. It will hurt the runoff elections in Georgia. American security, democratic traditions, the moral fabric of the country? Meh. Those can wait. Maybe forever.
Camerota carried the anti-Trump torch that Berman had lit. After Berman dismissed as “bogus allegations” the assertions by the Trump team of voting irregularities, he wondered why Americans should worry about the Trump administration trying to “overturn the outcome of an election.” Camerota was only too happy to provide an answer:
“If you’re someone who likes evidence, then it is time to worry.”
Note that while Berman condemned Republicans for refusing to conform to Biden’s request for unity, Berman himself hypocritically ignored Biden’s call to “put aside the . . . rhetoric that is designed to demonize one another.” Berman’s remarks were nothing less than one long, ugly attempt to demonize Republicans.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.