CNN anchor hammered for defending right-wing billionaire caught in human trafficking scandal
February 24, 2019Video
Conservative CNN anchor Michael Smerconish faced a fierce backlash on Saturday after defending right-wing billionaire Robert Kraft's arrest on prostitution charges.
Prosecutors have alleged that sex workers involved were victims of human trafficking.
Smerconish, however, thought the criticism of Kraft -- who is friends with President Donald Trump -- went too far.
Does 77 year old Bob Kraft deserve this for misdemeanor arrest? I’ll argue “no” @cnn 9am https://t.co/eHFCVNqLRl— Michael Smerconish (@Michael Smerconish) 1550923402
Smerconish and CNN were highly criticized for the position.
Here is a sampling of what some people were saying:
@smerconish @CNN This wasn’t just prostitution, this was trafficking women who could not speak English, and didn’t… https://t.co/eD0iGtRdmp— Anna (@Anna) 1550925199
Paying for sex with someone who is being held against her will is rape. So, yes. https://t.co/7KTfwriLyL— Lindsay Beyerstein (@Lindsay Beyerstein) 1550932085
@smerconish @CNN - - - @CNN is definitely part of America's billionaire problem.— The Trucker Vote (@The Trucker Vote) 1550953822
@smerconish is trying so hard to "bothsides" everything, all the time, he now finds himself unconscionably defendin… https://t.co/NrhFuPfQ3J— BaaRamEwe (@BaaRamEwe) 1550976768
@smerconish @CNN Prostitution shouldn't be illegal, not even a misdemeanor, but it needs to be 100% CONSENSUAL. Th… https://t.co/276e7ImN20— Pé🌻🐀 (@Pé🌻🐀) 1550930249
@smerconish @CNN For paying for sex from sex slaves - women being held against their will, brought here on false pr… https://t.co/Rj5GaMCIPV— Leia🗳️ (@Leia🗳️) 1550952760
@smerconish @CNN also: loving the ratio on Smer's tweet— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1550925854
@smerconish @CNN The women were held against their will and required to have sex 24/7, 365 days a week. This old rich man is a criminal.— RiotWomenn (@RiotWomenn) 1550927137
@smerconish @CNN 3 conservatives billionaires involved in GOP politics have been caught up in these human trafficki… https://t.co/ae5qd6yuDh— Katie R (@Katie R) 1550937738
@smerconish @CNN Wow! I know you know what human trafficking is. Your statement says more about you than about Kraf… https://t.co/rGLcC5eGXq— Christopher Webb🇺🇸VOTE (@Christopher Webb🇺🇸VOTE) 1550933772
Aaaaand, you’d be wrong: https://t.co/6mQzNGFtUs— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien) 1550976096
@smerconish @CNN Why do you care that Kraft is 77? He was caught on video paying for sex at a strip mall in Florid… https://t.co/dihrpCyQFC— Carrie Russell (@Carrie Russell) 1550924855
@smerconish @CNN Kraft's a big boy and no one has him in a back room servicing hundreds of rich men. My empathy is confined to the VICTIMS.— Vic 🌻🌻🌻 (@Vic 🌻🌻🌻) 1550966635
Kindly shut the fuck up, enabler. https://t.co/4LNBXHuoSE— Mike (@Mike) 1550931071