During an extra long cross-talk segment Wednesday on Don Lemon Tonight, the host chatted with fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo about how the Senate Republicans voted against a motion to debate voting rights legislation earlier in the day.
Lemon, who grew increasingly more frustrated during the talk, said it isn’t the Republicans’ fault this is happening, but rather the Democrats who can’t seem to get their message out.
“Why are you so bad at politics, Democrats?” Lemon asked. “When you have the winning message, when you have the Senate and you have the Congress and you have the White House and you can't win with a winning message, something is wrong.”
One way, Lemon suggested, for Democrats to better spread their message is to have more high-profile events, and put President Biden in the “bully pulpit” and let him spread the message loud and clear.
“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,” Lemon said.
The reason why Lemon suggested that Democrats do a better job at getting the word out with big events is because he wants Democrats to stop relying so much on the media to get the word out for them.
“I'm not going to sit back and expect the news media to do it for me because it's not our job to sell the narrative,” Lemon said. “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. They are not selling their agenda!”
In this case, the “agenda” is the latest iteration of the voting rights bill, aimed at strengthening voting rights and overhauling the nation's election systems. Ultimately, Lemon said his enthusiasm for this issue stems from not wanting America to lose its democracy, or be a country of minority rule.
“So, I have this platform that I have now, and I am speaking very passionately about it,” Lemon said. “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!”
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