On Monday, Sen. Cory Booker became the latest Democrat to leave the 2020 presidential race. And Fox News’ Melissa Francis used Booker’s departure to take a cheap shot at the New Jersey senator, claiming he left the race because “he’s lazy.”
Addressing co-hosts Harris Faulkner, Jeanine Zaino and other co-hosts of Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” Francis claimed, “We’ve had Democrats on the couch who’ve worked with him who say that he’s lazy.”
Zaino, sounding surprised, responded, “Cory Booker?” — to which Francis responded, “Yeah.”
Zaino, however, didn’t buy Francis’ explanation but did assert that Booker lacked a strong message as a presidential candidate.
“I would not suggest that Cory Booker is lazy,” Zaino stressed, “but I do think the campaign, from the beginning — he could not find his footing.”
Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones had similar thoughts, saying, “Well, he really did not have a message to begin with. He talked about a lot of progressive ideas, but he kind of was under the radar, most of the debates. He did not have a breakout.”
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