CNN anchor hammered for defending right-wing billionaire caught in human trafficking scandal
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)1550923402.0
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)1550925199.0
Paying for sex with someone who is being held against her will is rape. So, yes. https://t.co/7KTfwriLyL— Lindsay Beyerstein (@Lindsay Beyerstein)1550932085.0
@smerconish @CNN Imagine wanting someone to avoid punishment because they’re wealthy, white and old— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1550925236.0
@smerconish @CNN - - - @CNN is definitely part of America's billionaire problem.— The Trucker Vote (@The Trucker Vote)1550953822.0
Another reason to avoid @cnn like the plague. How do these dorks keep getting air time? Misdemeanor arrest? The ma… https://t.co/FOrnTXpe8M— Uncivil "one bad mask wearing ninja girl" (@Uncivil "one bad mask wearing ninja girl")1550966195.0
@smerconish is trying so hard to "bothsides" everything, all the time, he now finds himself unconscionably defendin… https://t.co/NrhFuPfQ3J— BaaRamEwe (@BaaRamEwe)1550976768.0
@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)1550930249.0
Human trafficking. Sex slaves. Yes. Yes, he does deserve it. It is foul and horrible. https://t.co/oszjOegWWR— DH’s dancing 🐘 (@DH’s dancing 🐘)1550936155.0
@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🇨🇴)1550952760.0
@smerconish @CNN also: loving the ratio on Smer's tweet— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1550925854.0
@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☇)1550927137.0
A billionaire sexually exploiting immigrant women in virtual servitude? If true, I’d argue “yes.” https://t.co/dqmNETzGof— Dan Barry (@Dan Barry)1550931383.0
@smerconish @CNN 3 conservatives billionaires involved in GOP politics have been caught up in these human trafficki… https://t.co/ae5qd6yuDh— Katie — Suffers No Fools — Rosa (@Katie — Suffers No Fools — Rosa)1550937738.0
@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😷Proud Dem (@Christopher😷Proud Dem)1550933772.0
Aaaaand, you’d be wrong: https://t.co/6mQzNGFtUs— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien)1550976096.0
@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)1550924855.0
@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)1550966635.0
Kindly shut the fuck up, enabler. https://t.co/4LNBXHuoSE— Mike (@Mike)1550931071.0