On CNN’s State of the UnionScott Jennings, a CNN analyst was the only person on the panel who dared criticize his fellow panelists who were shaming Florida Governor Ron DeSantis because he punished Disney for their support of grooming children.
“Republicans are really unhappy with some of these corporations in Georgia, in Florida, and elsewhere who weighed into these issues with aggressive stupidity. And that CEOs of these companies, who call up like Ron DeSantis, like the CEO of Disney did, they haven’t read the law”Jennings pointed this out shrewdly. It was obvious that Disney just recited the talking points of its left-wing counterparts.
Jennings was hesitant about the government shaming corporations, but quickly recognized that “somebody needs to be taught a lesson here because what they portrayed the Florida law as was not at all what it really does.”
Keisha Lance Bottoms, a former Atlanta mayor, stopped by Jennings’ office and asked if Jennings was still available. “there should be criticism of a voter law that says you can’t hand out water in 90-degree weather when people are standing in line to vote in Georgia?”
After repeating that old tired myth that Georgia banned handing out water to people waiting in line to vote, Jennings corrected her that it’s “easier to vote in Georgia than it is in Delaware than it is in New York than it is in all these other states.” The leftist media then accused him of lying about the Florida anti-groomer and Georgia voter integrity laws.
The way the voter law was portrayed in Georgia by the media, the way this so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill was portrayed in Florida, was a complete lie. It was an absurdity. It was an absurd story. It was a story. And the CEOs found themselves in an uncontrollable situation. This would be a great learning opportunity for them.
Alyssa, a CNN political commentator, disagreed strongly with Jennings. Griffin advised the GOP focus on inflation during the midterms. “brings out the broadest swath of voters.”
Jennings made the point that DeSantis “has all the right enemies” and wondered aloud “if it’s by luck or smarts. But it doesn’t matter because he has picked all the right enemies. And this is the right enemy for him.”
Truth is, conservatives are capable both of chewing gum and walking at once. You can run campaigns on fiscal as well as social issues, and still be successful in November.
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CNN’s State of the Union
Eastern at 9:48.56
SCOTT JENINGS: Republicans have a lot to be unhappy about some corporations in Georgia and Florida who brought these problems up with their aggressive stupidity. The CEOs of these corporations, just like Ron DeSantis and Disney’s CEO, don’t even know what the law is. Like Delta, Coca-Cola and MLB who bought into the story about the Georgia voter law, they don’t listen to the people and whoever else about the actual law. So I’m of two minds. Although I was a little hesitant about the conservatives using government for punishment, at the opposite end, I believe someone should be taught a lesson. Because what the Florida law was portrayed as, the CEO of Disney kicked the saloon door open and began shooting from the hip. He wonged the bartender without realizing where it was. Ron DeSantis came in and stated, “Not in my community.” I’m sympathetic.
KEISHA LANCE OTTOMS
JENNINGS – Voting in Georgia is much easier than in Delaware. It’s also much simpler in New York to vote than in any of these other states. The way the voter law was portrayed in Georgia by the media, the way this so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill was portrayed in Florida, was a complete lie. It was an absurdity. It was an absurd story. It was a story. And the CEOs found themselves in an uncontrollable situation. This would be a great learning opportunity for them.
ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: But I will say, I think it’s the wrong focus for Republicans. For a small segment of the population, culture wars can be very motivating. However, we still have inflation and high fuel prices under President Biden. This is an economic problem that all of America feels. That’s where we should be focused. This brings out the largest possible range of voters.
JENNINGS: But if you’re Ron DeSantis, where he’s an expert. He has many enemies. I don’t know if it’s by luck or smarts. But it doesn’t matter because he has picked all the right enemies. This is his right enemy.
DANA BASH – We will have to stop there. More is to come. We’ll get back next week.