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Trump campaign advisor Steve Cortes was accused of misinformation and being a liar before having his MSNBC interview shut down.
In a fiery clash on Thursday, Cortes sparred with MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin about claims that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign reversed positions on having an earpiece inspection before Tuesday night’s debate. The explosive exchange escalated into a shouting match until Mohyeldin cut off his guest’s feed in an abrupt end to the interview.
Cortes accused the MSNBC host of trying to “engage in a gotcha moment” when he repeatedly pressed him about a Facebook ad allegedly by the Trump campaign featuring what seemed to be doctored photos of Biden wearing an earpiece during the debate.
Ahead of the first debate between Biden and President Donald Trump this week, the Trump campaign reportedly asked to have a third party inspect the ears of both men for electronic devices or transmitters, and requested that the Biden campaign allow the new ground rule. But Biden’s team reportedly rejected the request, spurring even more questions.
Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield slammed the Trump campaign’s request as “absurd” and, on Thursday, Mohyeldin brought up the topic and the “questionable” statements in his interview with Cortes.
“We are just learning that the Trump campaign spent tens of thousands of dollars to post edited photos to Facebook with Biden wearing an AirPod in his ears asking who’s in Joe’s ear. The Biden team said this is entirely made up. And yet, your comments were used to misinform millions of people on Fox News before the debate,” he said before playing an audio clip of Cortes’ comments.
He then asked if Cortes would like to apologize for “misleading millions of people about making that false statement.”
“No, I didn’t mislead anybody,” Cortes said. “Give me your proof that it’s false.”
“That’s not how it works. You don’t make a false statement and say prove to me it’s not false,” Mohyeldin countered.
“Your campaign put out a statement saying that there was an agreement that Biden wouldn’t agree to an inspection of an earpiece. Who made that agreement?” he interrogated, demanding that Cortes “provide the evidence.”
“Who? Give us a name. Give us a name so we can follow it up,” the MSNBC anchor ranted as Cortes continued to say he did not know the name of an individual person and there is “an entire team” working on ads.
Mohyeldin repeatedly spoke over Cortes, peppering him with “who” questions even as he tried to explain how the campaign team is set up.
“You just called me a liar on national television and you have zero evidence that I’m a liar,” he finally fired back when Mohyeldin continued to bark his demands for names and evidence.
“Your Trump campaign put out a statement saying that Joe Biden agreed to an earpiece inspection before the debate,” Mohyeldin replied. “Where did you get that information from internally from within your campaign? Give me a name. You’re buying ads and doctoring photos of putting the earpieces in the candidate’s ear…Where are you getting that information? Why are you putting that false ad on there?”
“Regarding the ad, this is the first time I’ve seen that so I cannot comment on that,” the former Trump Hispanic advisory council president pushed back.
After Mohyeldin insisted the images were on the screen and that they were actual ads on Facebook, Cortes responded, “Frankly, I’m not going to take your word for it Ayman and I’m not going to take MSNBC’s word for it.”
“I’m not willing to take your word for it, quite frankly,” he said, adding that he could find out and get back to him with the information. “You’re trying to engage in a gotcha moment…I have never seen the ad. I don’t even know if it’s our ad.”
“I’ll give you a chance to go back, prepare for this interview next time with what your campaign is doing,” Mohyeldin shot back smugly.
“Bring the names of those involved — you don’t even know the names of the people involved — you don’t know the names of the people in your campaign who made the agreement,” he declared.
“When you find out who from your team made that agreement, and the specific agreement, please bring the documents, the emails, the agreement, anything you can provide to substantiate the claim that you made that was used to misinform millions of people in our country,” he ranted as Cortes repeatedly attempted to push back.
When the campaign adviser insisted he would not allow Mohyeldin to falsely accuse him without getting a chance to rebut the claims, the MSNBC anchor effectively cut him off mid-sentence and ended the segment.
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