A few of you would possibly bear in mind when CNN’s PrimeTime host Chris “Fredo” Cuomo went toe-to-toe final yr with Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling concerning the baseless accusations of voter suppression towards the black neighborhood. Actually, Sterling made Fredo appear like such a idiot, that the education made it into NewsBusters’ top Fredo moments of 2020. Properly, Cuomo appeared to have a little bit of a change of coronary heart on Monday (the primary episode of 2021) and highlighted Sterling refuting claims of election fraud.
After persevering with his effort to stoke hatred of Republicans with harmful rhetoric, and repeating debunked claims of insider buying and selling towards Georgia Senator David Perdue (R), Fredo declared: “The reality actually sickens these folks.” “These folks” being Republicans.
He added: “And bear in mind this. I am not telling you one thing that is not identified, that you do not even know by now. The reality is understood. Their very own occasion members verify it. Takes us to exhibit C.”
Cuomo instantly highlighted a soundbite of Sterling at a press convention on Monday going by means of an inventory of President Trump’s accusations of election fraud in Georgia and refuting them:
STERLING: There isn’t any shredding of ballots happening. That is not actual. It is not occurring. [Transition] Nobody is altering components or items out of Dominion voting machines. That’s not actual – I don’t know what meaning. That’s not an actual factor. [Transition] Secretary Raffensperger doesn’t have a brother named Ron Raffensperger. That can also be not actual. The President tweeted that out as effectively.
“That man is a Republican, by the best way,” Cuomo boasted, failing to remind viewers Sterling was as soon as a visitor on the present. But, it was solely seven months in the past that Fredo was attempting to color Sterling as a liar and a villain following the Democratic major for president.
“Right here is the tragedy of the travesty that the President has created on this situation: We’ve got actual voter suppression issues. One is taking part in out now. Proof,” Cuomo proclaimed on the time, taking part in a video of the lengthy strains. “That is the one sort of widespread voter fraud we are going to ever see.”
Cuomo tried to make Sterling reply for supposed racism and voter suppression (click on “increase”):
All proper. Let’s discuss precisely that. For some context for folks, 2018, 87,000 folks prevented from voting, a disproportionate quantity have been folks of shade, younger voters, teams sometimes favoring Democrats. Georgia has closed 5 % of polling locations for the reason that Supreme Court docket invalidated the Voter Rights Act, most of these are in black and brown communities. You get the purpose.
Individuals are involved that what they noticed at this time is a mirrored image of what they’ve seen earlier than, which is disenfranchisement of minorities who are likely to vote Democrat. Your take?
At one level in his master-class education of the roid-raging CNNer, Sterling dropped a blistering “you are simply incorrect” as he dismantled Fredo’s false assertions.
Addressing the closing of voting locations and different indicators of poor administration, Sterling knowledgeable Cuomo that each one these choices have been made on the nation stage and people counties have been run by Democrats. “They’re made on the county stage and the state has zero capacity to inform them not try this,” he mentioned. “In these counties the place folks are likely to vote Democrats, are run by Democrats, and so they’re those that set the elections boards, they’re those who rent the workers.”
Sterling additionally went on to clarify that many of the issues they confronted within the Democratic major have been because of the studying curve from the pandemic.
And ultimately, Fredo buckled. “All I am saying is Gabe, look, I’m not trying to ascribe animus, I am simply saying it seems dangerous,” he cowered. Sterling and his details received the day.
The transcript is under, click on “increase” to learn:
CNN’s Cuomo PrimeTime
January 4, 2021
9:07:21 p.m. Japanese
CHRIS CUOMO: David Purdue, one of many GOP senators within the highlight in Georgia, proper, combating to maintain his job. He was requested about this tape. He says, “it is disgusting.” Not what Trump did. The secretary of state recording and releasing it. Depart it to a moneyed inventory jockey to hate the publicity of an inside recreation.
The reality actually sickens these folks. And bear in mind this. I am not telling you one thing that is not identified, that you do not even know by now. The reality is understood. Their very own occasion members verify it. Takes us to exhibit C.
GABRIEL STERLING: There isn’t any shredding of ballots happening. That is not actual. It is not occurring. [Transition] Nobody is altering components or items out of Dominion voting machines. That’s not actual – I don’t know what meaning. That’s not an actual factor. [Transition] Secretary Raffensperger doesn’t have a brother named Ron Raffensperger. That can also be not actual. The President tweeted that out as effectively.
CUOMO: That man is a Republican, by the best way.