President Joe Biden’s approval numbers have been in a freefall of late among quite literally every major voting demographic as Americans at-large become disenchanted with the president’s failed leadership — and now it appears the president has earned yet another detractor in one prominent and usually loyal CNN anchor.
An utterly disgusted Don Lemon lashed out at the president and congressional Democratic leadership on Wednesday during his nightly hand-off with fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, calling Democrats “weak” and scolding them to “get their butts in gear.”
Lemon’s polemic centered on the Democrats’ failure to advance the Freedom to Vote Act in the Senate, one of their signature legislative efforts of the year. The legislation died in the chamber Wednesday after facing unanimous opposition from Republicans and consequently falling far short of the 60 votes needed to advance it.
“It will be the hill the Democratic Party dies on because that’s what voters want,” Lemon began by saying, according to Mediaite. “The voters who pushed this president into office. Black and brown voters, black and Latino voters, women. They want voting rights. They want access, equal access, not special access, equal access to the voting booth. And they are not getting that.”
“Now, what they’re getting is the complete opposite,” he continued. “They’re getting a party, which is the minority party in the country actually running the show holding back the vote on voting rights. So I think it will be the hill they die on.”
Lemon then broadened his complaints to include Biden’s lackluster messaging on his multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better spending plan, which seems destined to meet a similar fate in Congress.
“If you stop holding events at 2 o’clock in the afternoon when people are at work or in traffic, and start holding them when people are actually at home and watching and paying attention, then maybe, you may be able to change the narrative,” he charged.
Lemon blasted Biden for not communicating his agenda effectively to the American people but instead sitting back and expecting the news media to do that for him.
“It’s not our job to sell the narrative,” the CNN anchor lamented. “It’s our job to discuss what you are doing and yes, part of what’s in it. But it’s not our job to sell your agenda for you!
“And the only reason that I am so enthusiastic about this is because our democracy is on the line and I don’t want America to lose its democracy,” he added. “I don’t want America to be a country of minority rule and I don’t want America to be a place where black and brown people like me, whose ancestors fought and died for the right to vote, are restricted from going to the voting booth. That is the most un-American thing to do.
“So, I have this platform that I have now, and I am speaking very passionately about it,” he concluded. “Democrats, get your butts in gear and get passionate about saving this damn country. You’re not doing it! You’re weak! You are weak! You are weak!”