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CNN Commentator Scott Jennings: Biden Admitted His Campaign’s Democracy Pitch Is A ‘Facade’

 CNN   pundit   Scott Jennings   argued on Sunday that President   Joe Biden  conceded that his campaign message about saving democracy is n...

 CNN pundit Scott Jennings argued on Sunday that President Joe Biden conceded that his campaign message about saving democracy is nothing but a “facade.”

During a discussion on “State of the Union,” in which Jennings appeared with other panelists, the GOP strategist alluded to Biden’s interview on Friday after his poor debate performance against former President Donald Trump fueled concerns among supporters and others about his fitness to run and serve a second term.

In a clip that aired earlier in the segment, ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos asked, “If you stay in and Trump is elected and everything you’re warning about comes to pass, how will you feel in January?” Biden, in response, said “as long as I gave it my all” that is “what this is about.”

Jennings asked if the panel could “talk about an issue” from the debate on Friday night.

“The entire thesis of the campaign was ‘democracy is on the ballot,'” Jennings said. “And when George Stephanopoulos asked him, ‘Well, if you lose and all these bad things come to pass, will you be okay with that?’ And he said, ‘Well, as long as we gave it our all.'”

Jennings continued, “Now, if I was a Democrat who hasn’t blinked since January of 2017 or one of these Never Trumpers who’s worried about all this and I heard Joe Biden admit that it’s all just a facade, that it’s all just a talking point, I would be freaked out right now to find out there’s no animating issue for this campaign. It’s just a grift.”

A rush transcript shows two other guests on the panel, Democratic strategist Doug Thornell and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), pushed back on the critique from Jennings.

“An animating issue? It’s about character. It’s about your candidate, who is a convicted felon, who is a twice-impeached president, who is only out for himself, versus an honest and decent man who’s always put the American people first. That is the issue,” Thornell said.

Dingell added, “Who says he wants to be a dictator,” alluding to Trump’s pledge to be a “dictator” only on the first day of his second term in order to tackle issues such as border security and drilling for energy.

Shermichael Singleton, a conservative political commentator at CNN, got in a word before a commercial break.

“The problem for the Democrats is viability. The president currently is not viable,” he said.

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