Republican Senator John Kennedy told Fox News’ Shannon Bream Thursday that he had some major problems with a recent New York Times op-ed that praised presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The Louisiana Republican told Bream that if you believe the words of the op-ed which supposedly offers “hope,” then “you were probably that kid in grade school who always ate the paste.”
Kennedy was citing Nicholas Kristof’s recent piece, titled “We Interrupt This Gloom to Offer … Hope.”
“It’s supposedly about hope. I mean, who can be against hope?” Kennedy asked. “That’s like, that’s like hating golden retrievers.”
But Kennedy said he could not actually find where any hope was in the column.
“Here’s what the article says,” Kennedy said. “My words, not the author’s. America is a depraved country. Most Americans, he says — in my opinion — particularly white Americans, are racist, and misogynistic, and ignorant. They’re morons.”
“And then, the author goes on to say — my words, not his — that the American people are so moronic that they can’t fix their country,” Kennedy gasped.
Kristof wrote Thursday that while the United States is “a mess,” simultaneous “catastrophes have also created conditions that may finally let us extricate ourselves from the mire,” as well as the “grim awareness of [our] national failures.”
Kristof portrayed Trump as the “avatar of failed ‘let them eat cake’ policies, comparing the president to Richard Nixon, but said there is a “chance for a reset” come November.
Kristof wrote that “America’s 50 years of failures had their roots in racism,” but that the Black Lives Matter movement “along with a broad recognition that America has taken a wrong path” creates an “opportunity” for Joe Biden to get elected to the White House.
“Is that a pipe dream?” Kristof asked. “Perhaps. But a series of national crises may have exposed our failings enough to give us a chance at a do-over.”
Sen. Kennedy was having none of Kristof Thursday night.
“And so, the answer is to turn America over to the managerial elites,” Kennedy said to Bream. “And, by that, I mean the cultured, cosmopolitan, bacon-wrapped shrimp and tuna tartare crowd who think they’re smarter and more virtuous than the American people.”
“And, the author seems to think that those, that managerial elite, is comprised of what I call the Ritz Carlton Democrats,” the senator said.
“Though I will tell you, I know some big-government Republicans who act the same way,” Kennedy finished.
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