Chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference Matt Schlapp got into a lengthy and loud verbal brawl with CNN host Chris Cuomo Friday over CPAC, voter fraud, the presidential election, and cancel culture.
CPAC kicked off in Dallas, Texas on Friday with strong support for former President Trump and an eye on the 2024 presidential contest. Schlapp came on Cuomo’s show ostensibly to discuss the event but it devolved before the subject ever really got addressed and morphed into a heated argument over voter fraud. This is not the first time the two have locked horns over Trump.
Cuomo started immediately attacking Trump and the election results.
“To say there was fraud doesn’t mean – even if you are right, ok, on your own assertion – you didn’t check all the boxes of what you were supposed to do. I’m not saying you’re right and no court has said you are right. And all of the suggestions that you would prove this over time have never been met. But even if that’s the case, that’s not fraud. And it doesn’t mean that the election was stolen. And yet, you have people at CPAC chanting, ‘Trump won. The election was rigged.’ Do you really believe that? That Trump won?” Cuomo asked.
“I believe that what we should do in America is follow the rules on voting. And what the secretary of state did in the state of Georgia and he’s a Republican – not my kind of Republican – but he signed an illegal consent decree to not check and verify the signatures of people who voted by the mail as you know because of the coronavirus. We had historic levels of mailed-in voting,” Schlapp contended.
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During the contentious interview, Cuomo constantly interrupted Schlapp and spoke over him as if he was afraid that the conservative would actually get his point across.
The CNN host asked Schlapp, “Why are you making CPAC about the big lie and not all the other things you could argue?”
“CPAC, the title and the theme of CPAC is ‘America Uncanceled,'” Schlapp responded.
Cuomo openly mocked Schlapp when he brought up conservatives being “canceled” and noting that Republicans like him were not welcome on CNN anymore. This is apparently a reference to CNN ditching their lone conservative Rick Santorum.
“What are you canceling, the truth? As an alternative?” Cuomo sarcastically asked.
“What we are trying to do at this CPAC conference is trying… it’s a nice little slight… now let me talk. The whole idea with CPAC is this idea that the federal government came in and said because of the pandemic, that we couldn’t have churches open. We couldn’t have schools open. Half this country is outraged over the fact that our kids have fallen behind because the federal government said you couldn’t open up. Then on social media, all of us get canceled. You don’t get canceled. The rest of us get canceled all the time,” Schlapp declared.
“You know it was state by state, by the way, right?” Cuomo injected. “You know it was state by state right? You know each of these governors made their own determinations, right?”
“Why are you making the government a boogeyman? Why are you attacking institutions? I thought you guys were about bolstering the institutions?” the liberal pundit added.
Cuomo continued to speak over the top of Schlapp as he pointed out how the federal government kept kids out of schools and so did the teachers’ unions.
Meanwhile, Cuomo attacked church gatherings as super-spreader events while Schlapp argued for freedom of religion. Then the fight turned back to cancel culture.
— CPAC 2021 (@CPAC) July 9, 2021
“We feel canceled because we constantly are. Now, you’ve broken the model because you’ve had me on CNN. People like me don’t get on CNN anymore,” Schlapp stated.
“Matt, you’re always welcome here to make the case because I want to understand,” Cuomo disingenuously said to the conservative.
“No, that’s not true. It’s not true. I’m not welcome at CNN and you know that,” Schlapp insisted.
“Where are you right now? What do you think CNN is? The Cuomo News Network? You’re on CNN right now, brother,” Cuomo sneered before cutting Schlapp off a final time, ironically making Schlapp’s point by doing so.
Conservatives were not impressed by Cuomo’s rude segment: (** Language warning)
Your scared Chris !
— Paula (@Paula04593361) July 10, 2021
Throw down by Matt and he is right other than Chris CNN never has Real Conservatives on so please.
— Livia Zito (@LiviaZito) July 10, 2021
Who is dumb enough to watch fake news CNN, and then admit it on twitter?
— Grob (@Grobwins) July 10, 2021
Chris Cuomo just got shit on by Matt Schlapp lol
— guy (@guy73975048) July 10, 2021
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