US Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks during a hearing on "Review of the FY2023 State Department Budget Request," in Washington, DC, on April 26, 2022.
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Weekend Media Wrap, Vol. 10: What You Missed If You Weren’t Glued To The Sunday Shows

Every Sunday morning, legacy media outlets are taken over by elected officials, aspiring elected officials, administration insiders, and the usual collection of talking heads — all of whom are there to discuss specific policies, push talking points, or simply promote their own campaigns.

For those who don’t spend their Sunday mornings glued to the television — and their Sunday afternoons attempting to unravel a full week’s worth of network and cable news media spin — The Daily Wire has compiled a short summary of what you may have missed.

ABC News, “This Week”:

More trouble may be on the horizon for President Joe Biden’s reelection efforts after the results of the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll — which was highlighted on Sunday morning’s broadcast of “This Week.”

The poll indicated that 44% of respondents believed their financial situations had changed for the worse since Biden took office in January of 2021 — the highest number to give that response in that particular poll since 1986. Another 39% said that their financial situations had not changed at all during the Biden administration, and just 15% said that theirs had improved during that same time frame.

ABC News contributor Sarah Isgur also pointed to a lack of depth on the Democratic side, saying that the party was essentially “stuck” with President Joe Biden because there was no one else ready for prime time.

“The Democrats have had a historically weak bench for the last 10-plus years because everyone is Joe Biden’s age … There’s no one to replace him on the ticket and they’re stuck with him,” she said.

CBS News, “Face the Nation”:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called on Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to resign in the wake of the federal bribery charges against him, arguing that it was the only way he could “maintain the integrity of the seat.”

“It shouldn’t matter whether it’s a Republican or a Democrat,” Ocasio-Cortez told “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan, adding, “The details in the indictment are extremely serious.”

Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) stopped short of calling for Menendez to resign, but did say that the embattled senator should take a hard look at himself and the “serious and shocking” charges against him.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Kelly said of the New Jersey senator, adding that Menendez “must figure out whether he can adequately serve the people” going forward.


CNN, “State of the Union”:

“State of the Union” anchor Dana Bash questioned Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) about the ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, noting that the surge of migrants was something that President Biden’s administration certainly needed to deal with.

Durbin said that the situation was certainly “a very serious challenge,” saying that he supported the Biden administration’s move to extend considerations to Venezuelan migrants because he had been to Venezuela and understood that the people there were fleeing for very real reasons.

Durbin went on to say that the majority of the migrants he had spoken to were not looking for handouts, they were looking for jobs. “The bottom line for the border is the chaos — the chaotic situation there has to end, and we need to do that on a bipartisan basis.”

NBC News, “Meet the Press”:

Former Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) joined new anchor Kristen Welker on “Meet the Press,” where he put the kibosh on any possibility that he would challenge recently-indicted Senator Bob Menendez for his current seat.

“I had a chance to appoint myself to the U.S. Senate,” he said. “If I didn’t appoint myself — the easiest way to get there — I sure as heck am not going to run for it.”

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) was not quite ready to give his full-throated endorsement of Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic Party’s future. When asked directly by Welker whether he viewed Harris as the future of the party, Clyburn would only say that he saw her as “part of that future.”

“She could very well be, I think she is running a very good campaign … It’s not a given. You don’t automatically move up. She’ll have to compete,” he said, saying that he did “look to her as a successor to this president.”

FOX, “Fox News Sunday”:

On “Fox News Sunday,” guest host Bill Hemmer brought in his regular co-anchor Dana Perino — who just happens to be one of the moderators for the next Republican presidential primary debate happening later this week.

“You told me over the weekend ‘this is where the rubber meets the road in this debate,'” Hemmer began. “What do you mean by that?”

Perino explained that she saw the first debate as a chance for the candidates to “introduce themselves” to their potential voters and the second gave them room to lay out more specific policy positions.

“The standards in order to get in were a little bit tougher,” she continued. “You have seven people on that stage, and you have President Trump with a commanding lead in this race, so right now, this is the moment where all of them realize, ‘If I don’t have some sort of breakout moment to show that I could be the rival, the alternative to President Trump,’ their campaigns probably start to lose more steam.”

MSNBC, “Inside With Jen Psaki”:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined White House Press Secretary-turned MSNBC host on Sunday for “Inside with Jen Psaki,” and the failed presidential candidate weighed in on the looming impeachment hearings in the Republican-controlled House.

Psaki framed the question in mocking tones, saying, “the impeachment hearings, so-called, I’m going to put them in quotes.” She then asked Clinton what she made of the situation, adding, “There’s a disagreement in the Democratic Party on how to deal with this because there’s no proof, they’re in pursuit of a reason … What do you think they should be doing?”

Clinton began by suggesting that the hearings were somehow illegitimate because the House had not yet held a vote on the matter — despite the fact that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had moved forward with the first impeachment inquiry of then-President Donald Trump without holding a vote.

“Sadly, the Speaker of the House is too weak to stand up against the most rabid block of his members who don’t care what the truth or the facts are,” Clinton claimed, suggesting that a handful of Republicans were forcing McCarthy to move forward. “They want a political problem that they can try to use for their own benefit.”

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