CNN Contributor Paul Begala says he so against President Trump winning the 2020 election that he would vote for any Democratic he thought could beat him — even one who shot his dog.
“I am a JFK Democrat; I will pay any price, bear any burden, support any friend, oppose any foe to ensure the defeat of Donald J. Trump,” Begala told Chris Cuomo on his CNN program “Cuomo Primetime” on Monday. “You could be for Medicare for all or not, you could shoot my dog and if I think you could beat Trump, I’m going to be for you.”
“Well that is uh, very mainstream of you,” noted a visibly surprised Cuomo before moving on.
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A Trump supporter gestures prior to President Donald Trump's appearance at a rally in support of Senator Luther Strange at the Von Braun Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S., September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
Supporters cheer as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally for Senator Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Donald Trump supporters and protesters clash outside Century II, where the Republican presdential caucus took place, in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Fernando Salazar/Wichita Eagle/TNS via Getty Images)
Donald Trump supporters cheer for their man inside Century II, where the Republican presdential caucus took place, in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Fernando Salazar/Wichita Eagle/TNS via Getty Images)
A young supporter of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a sign and foam finger before a campaign rally in Syracuse, New York April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump sheds tears as she watches him speak during a rally with supporters at North Side middle school in Elkhart, Indiana, U.S., May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Supporters cheer for U.S. President Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally with supporters at North Side middle school in Elkhart, Indiana, U.S., May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
ELKHART, IN - MAY 10: President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally on May 10, 2018 in Elkhart, Indiana. The crowd filled the 7,500-person-capacity gymnasium. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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A rep for CNN did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Begala is a longtime Democratic strategist and a former host of the CNN show “Crossfire,” which he helmed with current Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Before joining CNN, Begala exited a mostly successful career in politics during which time he served as chief strategist of the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign and later served as counselor to President Clinton from 1997 to 1999. The high profile gig is currently held by Trump confidant Kellyanne Conway.
After his political career, Begala also briefly co-anchored a short-lived debate program on MSNBC called “Equal Time.”
Though the line about shooting dogs was no doubt intended to show his zeal for defeating Trump, it’s always risky for national figures to positively invoke violence towards animals — particularly dogs.
Last March, Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren faced backlash after she said in an Instagram story that she had kicked her dog five times because it was chewing on it’s bone too loudly.
“Only a heartless person would kick a dog just for doing what dogs normally do — and a reasonable person would simply have moved out of the way or moved the animal,” PETA’s senior director of Cruelty Casework Stephanie Bell told TheWrap in a statement at the time.