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A question about Ellen DeGeneres and former President George W. Bush’s friendship drew the ire of Democratic presidential candidates and viewers alike following Tuesday night’s debate hosted by CNN and The New York Times.
After the three-hour televised event, viewers and some Democratic hopefuls slammed debate moderator Anderson Cooper’s final question of the evening, which did not focus on what many thought could have been more important issues, like climate change.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Last week, Ellen DeGeneres was criticized after she and former President George W. Bush were seen laughing together at a football game. Ellen defended their friendship, saying, ‘We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s OK, that we’re all different,’” Cooper said to the 12 candidates onstage.
Anderson continued, “So in that spirit, we’d like you to tell us about a friendship that you’ve had that would surprise us and what impacts it’s had on you and your beliefs.”
Democrats voiced their outrage on Twitter, including at least two of the candidates.
Julians Castro tweeted, Three hours and no questions tonight about climate, housing, or immigration. Climate change is an existential threat. America has a housing crisis. Children are still in cages at our border. But you know, Ellen.#DemocraticDebate”
Three hours and no questions tonight about climate, housing, or immigration.
Climate change is an existential threat. America has a housing crisis. Children are still in cages at our border.
But you know, Ellen.#DemocraticDebate
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 16, 2019
Sen. Kamala Harris shredded the question as well, tweeting, “Three hours. Not one question about the climate crisis. Not one question about LGBTQ+ rights. Not one question about immigration. These issues are too important to ignore. #DemDebate.”
Not one question about the climate crisis.
Not one question about LGBTQ+ rights.
Not one question about immigration.
These issues are too important to ignore. #DemDebate
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 16, 2019
The fury continued… below are more tweets:
When you’re eight hours into the debate and Anderson Cooper asks a question about Ellen pic.twitter.com/19orEhk50U
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 16, 2019
CNN is asking candidates about Ellen & George W Bush but not a single question about voting rights in 31 debates in 2020/2016
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) October 16, 2019
Debate questions on Ellen DeGeneres: 1
Debate questions on decimated abortion access: 1
Debate questions on LGBTQ rights, which are currently up for debate at the Supreme Court: 0
Debate questions on climate change: 0
— Emmy Bengtson (@EmmyA2) October 16, 2019
Someone should pivot this question about Ellen being friends with George W. Bush into an answer about climate change, a topic that has not been raised yet in this debate. (Ten points to Gryffindor if you can do it in the replies.) #DemDebate
— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) October 16, 2019
Debate questions on Ellen: 1⃣
Debate questions on Puerto Rico: 0⃣
Debate questions on Dreamers: 0⃣
Debate questions on Venezuela: 0⃣
Debate questions on Cuba: 0⃣#DemDebate
— Latino Victory (@latinovictoryus) October 16, 2019
the last question in a debate in which there have been zero questions about the climate crisis is HAVE YOU HAD A FRIENDSHIP LIKE ELLEN’S FRIENDSHIP WITH GEORGE W BUSH
— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) October 16, 2019
Oh, sweet Jesus. Having destroyed this debate, Anderson Cooper is now setting the debris on fire. ELLEN DEGENERES????????????????????
Kill me now.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) October 16, 2019
OH MY GOD TALKING ABOUT ELLEN DEGENERES’S SOCIAL LIFE IS NOT HOW YOU END A DEBATE IN THE MOST CRUCIAL ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIMES, CNN. #DemDebate
— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) October 16, 2019
WHAT IS THIS QUESTION? Are we using the debate to defend Ellen???
— Tami Sawyer (@tamisawyer) October 16, 2019
So the debate moderators wanted to know about Ellen sitting with George Bush at a game? But not ONE question about illegal immigration?
— Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) October 16, 2019
Ellen Degeneres and George Bush at a football game got more air time during the debates than China and Hong Kong. That is all you need to know about the state of American civic affairs. #DemocraticDebate
— Joshua Claybourn (@JoshuaClaybourn) October 16, 2019
Many were disappointed with the final Dem debate question about Ellen DeGeneres https://t.co/BxEK2fPBLw
— #GetWoke #MIP #GetWokeAndVote (@MakeItPlain) October 16, 2019
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