CNN trolls Trump for his vague endorsement of 'ERIC' in Missouri Senate primary

On CNN Tonight Tuesday, hosted by Laura Coates, the panel spoke about former President Donald Trump’s odd, and incredibly vague, endorsement of “ERIC” for the Republican Senate primary race in Missouri a day earlier. The problem with Trump simply leaving it at “ERIC” is that there were three Erics running in Tuesday’s primary, though only two had a realistic shot at the nomination.

Disgraced former Governor Eric Greitens quickly posted on Twitter, claiming the endorsement for himself, soon followed by the state’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt. But because it wasn’t known who exactly Trump was endorsing, Coates had some fun with it.

“I have a very serious question for you, Ron (Brownstein). I want to know which Eric do we think he was endorsing,” Coates said. “I mean, I have a full screen here. I think these are the different people who it possibly could be, and I’m wondering, which of these people do you think?”

Coates then brought up a screen featuring the former president’s son, Eric, Democratic Representative Eric Swallwell, former Attorney General Eric Holder, guitar legend Eric Clapton, country singer Eric Church, actor Eric Bana, and, of course, South Park’s Eric Cartman.

The panel joked around about which of these famous Erics Trump may have been endorsing, not long before Schmitt ran away with the nomination.

“It must be — is it Eric Holder? Is it Eric Cartman?” Coates asked. “It could be any one of them. Clapton?” “Eric Church is up there,” added former Democratic congresswoman from Iowa, Abby Fiinkenauer. “Eric Church? We’re doing them all,” Coates said. Brownstein added, “He hedged his bets.” Coates then admitted, “I couldn’t help it.”

Video transcript

LAURA COATES: Trump still cast this very large shadow. Are his endorsements really that impactful? I wonder sometimes, are we giving him too much credit? Do we ever talk about the influence he may have? I know the Eric thing is funny but is it oversized?

KYLIE MAR: On CNN tonight, Tuesday, hosted by Laura Coates, the panel spoke about former president Donald Trump's vague endorsement of Eric in the republican senate primary race in Missouri. Trump didn't specify which of the three Eric's running he was endorsing. Disgraced former Governor Eric Greitens quickly claimed the endorsement, as did the state's Attorney General Eric Schmitt. But because Trump left it up for interpretation, Coates had some fun with it.

LAURA COATES: I have a very serious question for you, Ron. I want to know which Eric do we think he was endorsing? And I have a full screen here. I think these are the different people who possibly could be. And I'm wondering which of these people do you think.

KYLIE MAR: Attorney General Eric Schmitt easily ran away with the GOP nomination, but that wasn't until later. So coats and the panel speculated on which of these famous Eric's, Trump could have meant. It must be Eric Holder? Is it Eric? It could be any one of them, Clapton?

- Yep.

- They're.

LAURA COATES: Eric Church, I've heard. We're doing them all.

- He-- he hedged his bets, you know? The point--

LAURA COATES: I can now bet.

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