CLEVELAND, Ohio — CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash unapologetically called Tuesday evening’s chaotic presidential debate a “s— show” live on the air.
The veteran cable network anchor was lost for words as she and her colleagues tried to dissect the shambolic 90-minute debate which frequently devolved into chaos as the two candidates spoke over each other and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace unsuccessfully tried to maintain order.
“You used some high-minded language, I’m just going to say it like it is: That was a s– show,” Bash said to an equally shocked Jake Tapper who called the Cleveland, Ohio showdown “a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck.”
“And you know, we’re on cable, we can say that,” Bash continued of her colorful language.
“Apologies for being maybe a little but crude, but that is the phrase that I’m getting from people on both sides of the aisle on texts and it’s the only phrase that I can think of to really describe it,” she went on.
“The people who have been hurt the most by that are the people who are genuinely looking to see what each candidate stands for and who they should vote for,” she added.
“There are still people out there who haven’t made up their mind,” Bash said, speculating the clash could even discourage undecided people from voting, calling it a “bad reality TV show.”