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‘CNN Faker’ Kaitlan Collins fires back after Trump calls her out for yanking off mask at presser

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Someone may want to inform CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins that if you’re going to appoint yourself the face mask police, you had better adhere to the standard you’re holding others to.

President Donald Trump responded Sunday to a tweet from son Eric Trump exposing Collins hypocrisy regarding face masks.

“A CNN Faker!” the president tweeted.

The younger Trump had tweeted a video showing Collins removing her face mask at a White House briefing when she thought the cameras were off.

He tweeted: “Just a reminder that @CNN is a total joke: ‘Mask-police CNN reporter @kaitlancollins caught removing hers at presser, as soon as she thought cameras were off.'”

For good measure, he CC’d CNN’s Brian Stelter.

Collins brought the added scrutiny on herself when, on Friday, she took to naming Trump administration officials who weren’t wearing masks.

“At vaccine event in the Rose Garden, POTUS is joined by several officials on stage. Some, like Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci are in masks. Others, like Defense Secretary Esper and HHS Secretary Azar, aren’t,” she observed in a tweet.

Collins responded to the president’s jab, letting her elitist slip show in the process.

In a tweet heavy on sanctimony, the reporter tried to justify removing her mask, if not dismiss concerns altogether, insisting she removed her mask for only “six seconds.”

“Nearly 90,000 Americans have been killed by coronavirus, and the president is tweeting about me pulling my mask down for six seconds on Friday,” Collins tweeted.

Political commentator Mike Cernovich sarcastically — we think — called for CNN to “be banned from the White House under the rules!”

In an attached article, Cernovich wrote: “Collins’ violation of social distancing rules is problematic, as the White House Correspondents Association previously threatened to remove OANN reporter Chanel Rion from the press briefing rotation for violating social distancing rules.”

The WHCA, led by ABC News correspondent Jon Karl, took the action when Rion appeared at a briefing without having an assigned seat — the reporter said she was a guest of press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Speaking of Karl, last week he was busy trying to shame Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts for not wearing a mask, prompted Roberts to push back.

“Facts – I was quietly seated more than 6′ away from the closest person (adhering to CDC social distancing guidelines) -When the press conference began, I put mask on. So – what, exactly is the basis for this petty effort at shaming????” he said, in response to a photo Karl tweeted.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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