A GOP Senate candidate and a CNN anchor had a fiery on-air battle over violence in Charlottesville, Va. and President Trump’s response.
Virginia Republican Corey Stewart, who is running against Democrat Tim Kaine for the US Senate, defended Trump’s statement that “both sides” were responsible for last weekend’s deadly violence at the Charlottesville rally, getting into a spiraling exchange with CNN anchor Kate Bolduan on Thursday.
Stewart argued that hate groups shouting Nazi slogans were “not the issue” and noted that “not even establishment Republicans have come out and condemned the far left group, antifa, which has been espousing violence and attacking people.”
“No one has been talking about, except for the president and myself, about the violent Antifa that have been equally to blame for the violence that occurred,” he said.
Bolduan asked why he thought that was the case.
“Because establishment Republicans are afraid of being labeled by CNN as racists and bigots. And they know that that’s exactly what you’re going to do and there’s only a few of us that are going to stand up to you,” Stewart replied.
“Is it possible that it’s because someone died who was counter-protesting?” Bolduan shot back.
“You’re trying to use this poor woman’s death to say that Confederate monuments should be taken down,” Stewart said. “That’s exactly what you’re trying to say, Kate.”
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“I’m sorry, is that what I said at all?” Bolduan argued, as the two spoke over one another in the escalating debate. “If we could all be a little intellectually honest here, in no way am I conflating the two,”
“Intellectually honest? Coming from CNN, I just don’t — I don’t see that at all,” Stewart said, sending Bolduan over the edge.
“I am the anchor of this show. I’m asking the question. Hold on a second. In no way am I conflating two things,” Bolduan responded, again speaking over Stewart.
“Stop talking. Stop talking. Stop talking for a second,” she said. “You’re the guest on my show. I would like to continue the conversation with you, respectfully.”
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