CNN’s Chris Cuomo Denies Cory Booker Was ‘Mansplaining’ to Nielsen of DHS
'New Day' co-anchor battled RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel over N.J. Dem's interrogation — while forgetting his network's outrage at McConnell-Warren flap
CNN’s “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo “mansplained” to Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel Thursday about the recent questionable behavior of Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
Cuomo maintained Booker wasn’t “mansplaining” to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen during a Wednesday congressional hearing. Booker made headlines when he severely interrogated Nielsen at a Senate hearing about President Donald Trump’s purported use of the term “s***hole countries” in referring to Latin American and African nations.
Booker yelled at Nielsen and interrupted her with an emotional lecture for not recalling the exact term Trump used, saying her “silence and amnesia is complicity.” When McDaniel accused Booker of “mansplaining” to the female DHS secretary, Cuomo didn’t buy it.
“You accused Booker of ‘mansplaining’ to Nielsen, Secretary Nielsen, who is, of course, a woman. Why? Why did you call it that?” Cuomo asked McDaniel.
The RNC chairman argued that the Booker-Nielsen flap “would have been covered differently if it were a Republican senator yelling or lecturing a woman coming before the Senate, not giving her a chance to explain herself, grandstanding.”
“I know he’s auditioning for 2020 — I understand that. But he was disrespectful and he did ‘mansplain’ to her,” McDaniel said. “And she’s an intelligent woman, she’s the secretary of Homeland Security, and she deserved an opportunity to answer his rant.”
RNC Rapid Response Director Michael Ahrens said in a statement that Booker was “mansplaining.”
“Picture it,” Ahrens said. “A male Republican senator spends his entire 10 minutes ‘mansplaining’ the female DHS secretary about immigration policy, throws around the term ‘conscientious stupidity,’ yells at her the only time she tries to speak, and concludes his diatribe without even asking her to respond.”
Cuomo argued that Nielsen “was there for a long time” and had plenty of opportunities to answer senators’ questions.
“In this age of recognizing women as equal once and for all on all levels, why would he have to treat Nielsen differently?” Cuomo asked McDaniel.
The RNC chairwoman replied, “I don’t think he should have to talk to her differently. But I will say that he was disrespectful to her as the secretary of Homeland Security. And he was ‘mansplaining’ to her. And I do think there is a hypocrisy … as to how [Sen.] Elizabeth Warren [D-Mass.] is treated versus how Secretary Nielsen is treated.”
Liberal politicians and pundits were outraged at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) when he stopped Warren from speaking when she refused to stop protesting against Trump’s nomination of Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year.
McConnell infamously said, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” which became one of feminists’ rallying cries.
McConnell was accused of “mansplaining” to Warren, and Cuomo and “New Day” co-host Alisyn Camerota questioned guests about McConnell’s move.
“Oh my gosh. Is this sexism? Has Mitch McConnell explained why the men were allowed to and she wasn’t?” Camerota said.
Cuomo wondered why Warren was censored while others weren’t, saying, “But doesn’t it make it gender-based? Does the fact that it’s a woman and guys did it afterward, is that the way you see it?”
But while interviewing McDaniel Thursday, Cuomo said, “It’s almost impossible to interrupt Elizabeth Warren when I interview her.”
“But who says that when Warren gets interrupted people go crazy in the media?” Cuomo wondered.
“Here’s the deal: Cory Booker was grandstanding, he was lecturing her, he didn’t give her a chance to respond, it was disrespectful, and he’s auditioning for 2020, Oprah just got the headlines and now he wanted to get the headlines, and he got ’em,” McDaniels said.