CNN’s Sally Kohn: Biden’s Support of Big Business Is ‘Tone Deaf,’ ‘Out of Step’ With Americans

• January 3, 2019 5:18 pm


CNN commentator Sally Kohn on Thursday took a shot at former Vice President Joe Biden for being pro-big business, saying his position is "tone deaf" and "out of step" with what Americans want.

CNN host Brooke Baldwin mentioned Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) recent remarks that she would support Biden, who has been floated as a potential Democratic nominee, if he decides to run for president and that this appeared to be a snub of her fellow California senator, Kamala Harris, who also may run for the Democratic nomination.

"What do you think?" Baldwin asked Kohn.

"I'm going to have to respectfully disagree. Look, Joe Biden has name recognition. People like him, and in fairness he's the most populist-seeming of a long legacy of centrist corporate Democrats," Kohn said. "He talked tough. He's from Scranton. He talks about that all the time. And so he sort of seemed like the most populist—bearing in mind he's from the great banking state of Delaware."

"The country never really should have had corporate centrist Democrats, but certainly in this moment that is so tone-deaf and out of step not only with what the country needs, but with what the American people across the aisle want," Kohn added. "It turns out we are a fundamentally more progressive, inclusive populist country that wants things like higher taxes on the rich, solutions to climate change, and corporations and big business to be held accountable."

She went on to say that Democrats need candidates who will stand with the American voters, not side with Wall Street or big business.