CNN anchor Brianna Keilar and national affairs correspondent Jeff Zeleny criticized President Joe Biden for the militaristic backdrop of his anti-Republican speech, and many on the left were furious with them.
Biden addressed the nation with U.S. Marines standing behind him in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and issued a scathing rebuke of the Republican party and those Republicans who support President Donald Trump.
Keilar and Zeleny both decried the use of the military for a political speech.
“There’s nothing unusual or wrong with a President delivering a political speech — it’s inherent in the job description — but doing it against a backdrop of two Marines standing at attention and the Marine Band is a break with White House traditions,” tweeted Zeleny with a photograph from Biden’s speech.
Keilar issued a similar sentiment.
“Whatever you think of this speech the military is supposed to be apolitical. Positioning Marines in uniform behind President Biden for a political speech flies in the face of that,” Keilar tweeted.
“It’s wrong when Democrats do it. It’s wrong when Republicans do it,” she concluded.
The unhinged response
Some liberals and others criticized Zeleny and Keilar for not standing behind Biden and the theatrics of his speech.
“This dummy Brianna Keilar. They watched as their daddy trump did every illegal tactic while in White House but now these bag of clipped toenails have issue with decorum and history. F @CNN and their maga ceo,” read one tweet.
“CNN’s pundits have literally been posting the exact same s*** tonight. Brianna Keilar and Jeff Zeleny are f***ing pathetic. They want you to believe that a president shouldn’t call out fascism, well those two push it. Lol,” said another critic.
“Disgraceful, and anyone that stays at CNN and plays a part in helping fascists, should be ashamed.” said another detractor.
“I’m not just going to unfollow you, I’m going to block you and the rest of CNN since it has been taken over by fascists,” read another critical tweet.
Keilar responded to some of the criticism in a second tweet where she said, “It’s possible to agree with everything Biden said and still disagree with using Marines as backdrops for a political speech.”
Here’s part of Biden’s speech:
Biden: Trump, MAGA allies threaten democracy