CNN’s Jennings Takes a Minute to Undo CNN’s 24/7 Trump Trial Hype — No Minds Will Change

Scott Jennings CNN This Morning 5-14-24 Before we get to the substance of their dialogue, let’s begin by observing that in introducing Scott Jennings on her CNN This Morning panel Tuesday, host Kasie Hunt described Jennings as a “conservative columnist.” It said the same on screen. 

Question: when’s the last time Hunt or any CNN host introduced someone as a “liberal” columnist? Yeah, I can’t think of such a time, either.

Meanwhile, Kasie Hunt offered no identifiers for Elliot Williams (eight years serving President Obama), reporter Molly Ball (Nancy Pelosi apple-polisher) or “Republican” Sarah Matthews (who really wants Trump to lose).

Conservative people are find with being called conservative. What’s ridiculous is that everyone who agrees with CNN is presented as nonpartisan or objective.

Okay, on to the discussion. In the context of the Stormy Daniels hush money trial, Hunt challenged Jennings:

It’s reminding everyone of what we went through as a country when he was President of the United States. Uh, and: I’m just kind of curious. How do you feel about defending him with these allegations out there?”

Translation: aren’t you ashamed of defending this reprobate? This, from the Clinton News Network that defended all of Bill’s #MeToo antics.

Jennings, over the course of the discussion, made the obvious point: that this trial reveals nothing new about Trump, and is therefore unlikely to change many votes. As he facetiously put put it in conclusion:

“October of 2016. No one knew that Donald Trump had had sex with lots of women out there, some of whom were not his wife. No one could have possibly known!”

JENNINGS (on Republicans): But they would say things like, this case should have never been brought. This is a terrible court. This prosecutor is a partisan hack — whatever.

And they would also say this: I don’t care about sex paperwork, but I do care about that the president has driven as to an inflationary crisis and is going wobbly on our ally, Israel. You’re going to see Republicans all over the country make that argument.

And I think whether he is convicted, whether the jury is on or whether he’s acquitted, I think this will move the needle for virtually no one.

This amounted to a small dissent from the 24/7 Trump-trial hype on CNN, including the dramatic readings of court transcripts. 

Note: Jennings in turn challenged Hunt to describe what the crime is that Trump is alleged to have committed. Hunt had to admit, “I understand that you are technically correct,” i.e., that no one can describe a crime other than a paperwork snafu.

Note: As to Hunt saying that the trial is “reminding everyone of what we went through as a country when he was President of the United States,” millions of Americans are thinking, Yeah, reminds me that when Trump was president, I could afford to fill my gas tank and shop for groceries, and we weren’t involved in foreign wars.

Here’s the transcript.

CNN This Morning
5/14/24
6:03 am EDT

KASIE HUNT: Our panel’s here: former federal prosecutor Elliot Williams, Molly Ball, senior political correspondent at at the Wall Street Journal, conservative columnist Scott Jennings, and Sarah Matthews, [disgruntled] former deputy White House press secretary under President Trump. Welcome all!

. . . 

Scott Jennings, this is a guy that, you know, he’s the presumptive Republican nominee for president. It’s [the Stormy Daniels hush money trial], it’s reminding everyone of, kind of, what we went through as a country when he was President of the United States.

And I’m just kind curious: how do you feel about defending him with these allegations out there?

SCOTT JENNINGS: Well, nothing new has happened here. I think what you’re seeing, such a muted reaction from people, is because it’s already priced in, it’s baked into his candidacy, it’s baked into who he is. Nothing — we know all of this. And I don’t have to, no Republican really has to defend anyone’s personal behavior to make this —

HUNT: Well, there are a bunch of Republicans standing up behind him.

JENNINGS: Well, but they’re not necessarily defending his personal behavior. But they would say things like, this case should have never been brought. This is a terrible court. This prosecutor is a partisan hack: whatever.

And they would also say this: I don’t care about sex paperwork, but I do care about that the president has driven as to an inflationary crisis and is going wobbly on our ally, Israel. You’re going to see Republicans all over the country make that argument.

And I think whether he is convicted, whether the jury is on or whether he’s acquitted, I think this will move the needle for virtually no one.

SARAH MATTHEWS: You don’t think if he’s convicted, it’s not going to make a difference at at all? I mean, there was a CNN poll that showed that 24% of Trump backers said that if there is a conviction, that they would reconsider their support. I will admit, that doesn’t mean that they are going to change their support, but they would reconsider. And I mean, on an election that’s going to be on the margins, then, I think you would be worried about every vote.

JENNINGS: If you are someone who — I’m trying to envision the voter who would go to the polls, say, you know, I was going to vote for Donald Trump, but then I found out he got the paperwork wrong because he had sex with somebody. I don’t know who that person is. I don’t know who that person is!

HUNT: I don’t think that paperwork-wrong thing is, is. I mean, to Sarah’s point, I mean, he would be convicted for — the perception is not going to be paperwork.

JENNINGS: What’s he being convicted for, then? If it’s not a paperwork, what’s he being

HUNT: I understand that you are technically correct. I just think — can anyone consume this — it’s like —

JENNINGS: The problem with this case is, no one can actually explain what he’s being convicted for. It was obvious that the case was brought so they could put people on the stand to try to personally embarrass him. That’s what it is.

HUNT: They were paying her to keep quiet so that voters, particularly women, wouldn’t think badly of Trump before the election, right?

JENNINGS: [Facetiously] October, October of 2016: no one, no one IIknew that Donald Trump had had sex with lots of women out there, some of whom were not his wife. No one could have possibly known!

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