House Minority Whip Steve Scalise defended his colleague Rep. Brian Mast in the wake of a “disgraceful” insult from CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The Louisiana Republican lit into Tapper during an appearance on Fox News, demanding the CNN host apologize to Mast after his comment about his military service. Tapper took a jab at Mast, a retired staff sergeant who served in Afghanistan, for his challenge of the Electoral College vote in the presidential election.
“That was a disgraceful comment,” Scalise told The Story host Martha MacCallum on Thursday.
“Jake Tapper needs to just apologize and admit what he said was wrong. I’m dear friends with Brian Mast. Brian Mast and I went to Walter Reed Hospital and worked out with wounded warriors,” he added.
(Source: Fox News)
Tapper’s remarks came during his network’s coverage of the House vote on Wednesday to impeach President Trump, noting that Mast “lost his legs fighting for democracy abroad, although I don’t know about his commitment to it here in the United States.”
Tapper even fired back to defend himself after he got called out by the Florida Republican himself.
Jake Tapper questions loyalties of GOP Rep who lost legs in Iraq, doubles down when U.S. vet responds! https://t.co/TJ4URn0n1Y pic.twitter.com/cHnIxH6wEH
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 14, 2021
“I lost two legs for @jaketapper’s right to say whatever the hell he wants, but that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election,” Mast said in a tweet.
The 40-year-old lawmaker served more than a dozen years in the U.S. Army and lost both of his legs due to an improvised explosive device while he was deployed in Afghanistan in 2010. Mast has been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other honors, for his service.
“Brian lost two legs fighting for this country,” Scalise told MacCallum Thursday.
“To question his love for this country and his commitment to this country when he literally lost his two legs and lost some fingers as a bomb squad technician fighting for our freedoms, he [Tapper] owes Brian Mast an apology,” the Minority Whip reiterated.
“Brian Mast is the kind of person that makes this country great,” Scalise added. “He’s an American hero, and Jake really should just apologize and drop it.”
Earlier in the segment, the congressman slammed the “cancel culture socialist left” that wants to “demonize the opposition because their ideas are very radical,” as he reacted to comments by CNN host, Don Lemon, who outrageously associated Trump voters with Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.
Don Lemon launches most vicious, vile, and unsubstantiated attack against Trump voters yet https://t.co/p0i3KHq8CQ pic.twitter.com/wfnFSl5ewl
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 15, 2021
“They want to just demonize the opposition because their ideas are very radical,” Scalise told MacCallum. “I mean, the things they talk about, you know, taking away people’s rights, the Green New Deal, raising taxes, all the things that they really stand for, they don’t want to talk about publicly.
“So they just want to demonize the opposition, cancel you on social media. Those are the things that are the classic tactics of the cancel culture,” he said. “I think people are fed up with that. You know, let’s focus on actual things that matter to families, not trying to demonize someone who disagrees with you on issues.”
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