CNN’s S.E. Cupp on Donald Trump/Ben Carson: ‘Neither Qualified to Be President’


CNN contributor S.E. Cupp believes neither Donald Trump nor Ben Carson are qualified to be president.

In a Thursday appearance on the network’s “At This Hour” program, Cupp blasted Trump for slamming Carly Fiorina’s looks, saying it was “indefensible” and “disgusting” to imply that Fiorina is ugly. Cupp added that “we should all universally agree” that such comments “have no place in the political process.”

She also criticized Trump for claiming that renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson was just an “okay doctor.” Cupp said she had a lot of criticisms of Carson but his “neurosurgeon skills probably aren’t among them.” Trump fired back at Carson after Carson questioned Trump’s faith on Wednesday.

Cupp said these recent attacks are “beneath the dignity” of the office of the president, but, echoing the thoughts of many establishment Republicans, Cupp said the “good news” is that “I hope that Donald Trump and Ben Carson end up sort of cannibalizing each other because frankly neither of them are qualified to be president.”

CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord pointed out that “people have a serious problem with political correctness,” and he noted Trump’s poll numbers went up 13 percentage points with women voters after his back and forth with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly.

Trump and Carson, both of whom are non-politicians running in an election cycle in which the electorate is fed up with establishment politicians, are the two candidates who have been resonating the most with GOP primary voters. In CNN/ORC’s most recent poll, Trump leads with 32%, followed by Carson with 19%. And the two of them take the top spots and majority of votes in nearly every national and state poll, much to the chagrin of those like Cupp and GOP establishment fanboys and fangirls of candidates like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Cupp did concede, though, that Trump’s message of “winning” was a “very good” one and she hoped that “some of the other Republican candidates would take that up.” She noted that Trump’s message resonates because President Barack Obama has led from behind at home and abroad for eight years and there is “this sense of resignation from our political leaders.”