Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg News reporter kicked off by pointing out the very few persons in attendance.
Mark Simone, radio host also noted, “CNN was very careful to not show that no one showed up for the Biden Town Hall and that most of the room was empty,” .
Jack Butler, National Review editor bashed the “contrived” CNN event that he feels is a completely different far cry from the previous successful town hall events, positing that the format should be abolished, he tagged it a “hideous spectacle unbecoming of a self-governing republic” that continues to get worse.
“If CNN had any shame or respect for the citizens of a self-governing republic, the network would never air one of these idiotic events again,” Butler added. “But don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.”
NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck pointed out that while eight Democrats were allowed to ask questions, only three Republicans were allowed.
Tom Elliott, Grabien Media founder sarcastically said Biden was “crushing it” sharing a viral video of the president struggling to give answer to a question. The clip piled up over 2.2 million views and generated a long list of back lash. Some viewers were irked that Lemon didn’t point out Biden’s struggles, while others just felt the whole event was painful to watch.
During the event, Lemon also called on to Biden as “the big guy”.
“You’ve been the big guy for six months now in the White House. Can you take us behind the scenes, something that was extraordinary or unusual that happened that stands out to you?” Lemon asked.
“The big guy” was a word notably used with respect to Biden in a leaked email thread allegedly involving Joe’s son Hunter Biden making a deal with a Chinese energy firm.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. pointed out on this connection as well, tweeting “Wow. Even Don Lemon knows Joe Biden is the “Big Guy”! #HuntersEmails.”