Out of the 23 Democrats running for the presidency, a whopping twenty were chosen to participate in the first Democrat primary debates on June 26 and June 27 in Miami, Florida.
Among them were a surprising number of flunkies whose chances of winning the Democrat nomination were lower than CNN’s chances of becoming a real news network.
Take New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a widely mocked candidate whose current RealClearPolitics polling average is 0.3 percent:
BREAKING: Democratic National Committee announces 20 qualifying candidates for first debates. https://t.co/B7MPI6PFDF pic.twitter.com/8FqBDWL3RI
— ABC News (@ABC) June 13, 2019
The unlucky three who didn’t make the cut according to ABC News: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and Mayor Wayne Messam from Florida.
The inclusion of de Blasio and other barely relevant candidates — including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who’s polling average is 0.6 percent (what a winner …) — certainly speaks to the Democrat Party’s desire to be as inclusive as possible, even if that means including veritable clowns.
Even Marianne Williamson made the cut. She’s a “Hollywood spiritual guru” and climate change fanatic who aspires to “create a new political possibility in America — where citizens awaken, our hearts and minds are uplifted, and our democracy once more becomes a thing about which we can all feel proud” …
FYI, she’s not even being included in RCP’s polling averages.
Because of the ridiculousness of the Democrat’s first primary’s line-up, it’s become the target of intense mockery on social media.
Lmao Bill de Blasio
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 13, 2019
How is de Blasio on this!?
— Phil (@philllosoraptor) June 13, 2019
How on earth did De Blasio qualify? Did he donate to his own campaign? ?
— Kelly L. Swan Taylor (@KellisLST) June 13, 2019
I legit have never heard of 4 of them
— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) June 13, 2019
They made some of those people up didn’t they
— Doug Stafford (@dougstafford) June 13, 2019
they’re going to have to spin a wheel or something to decide who gets asked a question.
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) June 13, 2019
A comedic performance in this mass Debate.
— Hollow (@SixteenBitMime) June 13, 2019
DNC trying to fit everyone on the debate stage pic.twitter.com/IDsS6ohiIi
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 13, 2019
Preview of the Democratic Debate stage. pic.twitter.com/HPk0HHnPTL
— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 13, 2019
This isn’t to say that the Democrat National Committee didn’t at least try to cut the line-up.
“This year, to qualify for the first primary debate under rules developed by the DNC, candidates must either reach 1 percent support in three separate national or early-state polls, or obtain contributions from at least 65,000 individual donors, with 200 each from at least 20 different states,” The Atlantic confirmed earlier this week.
When the rules were first unveiled, de Blasio ran to the media to whine about the DNC limiting “diversity” and not being “inclusive” enough.
“Is this going to limit the debate and limit the diversity of the field and limit the options for voters in a way that’s unhelpful?” he lamented Monday during an interview on Spectrum News NY1.
“We have to be careful going forward because this is the most diverse field in every sense we’ve ever had in the history of the Democratic Party. That’s a beautiful thing. Every region of the country represented, people of all backgrounds represented. It’s really healthy for the party.”
It’s unclear what would be “healthy” and “beautiful” about shoving dozens of people — most of them with zero chances of winning the nomination — onto a debate stage.
Listen to his complaints below:
Three days later word broke that he and Gillibrand had just barely made the cutoff.
“Both New York presidential candidates struggled to secure a debate slot and are likely hoping the debate is an opportunity for a campaign boost,” NY1 confirmed on Thursday. “De Blasio pulled through by getting 1 percent in three qualifying polls. Gillibrand, unlike de Blasio, met the Democratic National Committee’s polling and fundraising requirements.”
But it’s not just the inclusion of every candidate from here to Hong Kong that has critics panning the upcoming primary debate as a joke. The choice in moderators is being mocked as well.
As reported earlier in the week, “mega-ideological [MSNBC] host” Rachel Maddow has been tapped to serve as one of the moderators. This is a woman so biased in favor of the Democrat Party that the bosses over at The New York Times recently decreed that its “journalists” and “reporters” abstain from appearing on her show.
Fox News host Sean Hannity wasn’t surprised by NBC’s decision to have her moderate.
“Didn’t we tell you this would happen, that the media would refuse to hold any of their ‘fake news’ fanatics accountable?” he asked rhetorically Tuesday on FNC’s “Hannity.”
“Tinfoil hat-Maddow, the single biggest liar, conspiracy theorist in the country, the person that pushed the Russiagate lies night after night after night for over two years.”
Members of the left feel otherwise, never mind Maddow’s partisanship. The fact that she’s a woman is what really matters, or so they claim.
“NBC’s decision to ensure that four out of the five moderators for the first Democratic presidential primary debate are women or people of color is a huge win for representation at the debates and a welcome change from the status quo,” the radically far-left group UltraViolet Action said in a statement to The Cut.
Everything about the upcoming Democrat primary debates seems comical, from the absurdly large line-up to the choice in moderators and the fact that only two or so of the candidates have anything meaningful to say or offer besides #OrangeManBad:
Democrats debate summary:
Connection with regular Americans? ❌
ORANGE MAN BAD? ✔️
— Antonio Morris (@drantoniomorris) June 13, 2019
Should be barn burner. Liberal moderators asking softball questions. Candidates trying to remember their last publicly stated position. Should be some great memes from this shit show. pic.twitter.com/2YQLeYDZ8o
— Right Now (@DemocratsDoSuck) June 13, 2019
No one cares. They have nothing to offer other than misery. Take a look at their cities and states. Total disarray. Let me get back to my tent and government phone that Obama gave me. Thanks but no thanks
— Jp (@JP1ANDONLY) June 13, 2019
Out of all the Dems running, only Tulsi and Yang have more to their platform than “Orange Man Bad.” I think they’ll do well in the debates.
— NotYngwie (@NotYngwie) June 13, 2019
It’s a joke. Trump is going to get a year’s worth of material to slap the Democrats with from that single debate alone.
— DC Lascelle (@DCLascelle) June 13, 2019
You can tell the Democrats are really looking for an authentic truthful debate. What an absolute joke! https://t.co/NvblFgg1fq
— LockHRCUP (@QWarrior1917) June 13, 2019
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