‘With all due respect’: Dem Rep calls out MSNBC host for ‘overdoing’ it on Mar-a-Lago raid story

Left-leaning House Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) called out an MSNBC guest host for inflating the story on the FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence and sweeping the Democrats’ recent Inflation Reduction Act under the rug, legislation that he argued is far more relevant to his constituents.

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Host John Heilemann opened the segment on Friday’s “Deadline: White House” with a question for the elected official intended to provoke a statement on the Department of Justice’s recent and unprecedented actions.

“Before we get on to your boasting about how great things are going for Joe Biden and the Democratic Party right now,” Heilemann said, “just give me a sense of what you’re feeling.”

Maloney offered a statement about the documents seized from Trump’s home before tearing into Heilemann for focusing too much on that story.

“Look, it’s sad and it is serious that we would be in a place where we had a former president keeping classified information in the basement,” Maloney offered. “But can I tell you something? We are on the verge of historic legislation right here. So with all due respect, I think you guys are maybe overdoing the relative importance of these two stories. My constituents care a lot more about what’s in their paychecks than what’s in Donald Trump’s basement.”

“Lower prescription drug prices because we are taking on Big Pharma and negotiated through Medicare, taxes on every corporation in America,” Maloney argued. “That’s real progress. That’s the work we’re sent here to do and Democrats are getting it done. It’s a great day.”

Heilemann didn’t get the message and clapped back to promote the investigation into Trump’s handling of classified material.

“Congressman, I know you don’t mean to suggest the possibility that Donald Trump took classified materials related to nuclear arsenals down to Mar-a-Lago with him and broke potentially three federal laws isn’t like, worthy of some news coverage, right?” the stand-in host asked. “That’s not your position.”

Keep in mind the 1987 Supreme Court decision in Department of the Navy v. Egan that recognized that the president has ultimate constitutional authority “to classify and control information bearing on national security.”

“You didn’t hear me say that,” Maloney shot back. “But the relative attention you’re paying to that against what’s going on on the House floor, I think we should focus on that, John. I think the fact is that I know that it’s magic in the business model of cable news and Twitter. But in the lives of the people I represent out there, in the real world, it is not as relevant to what’s going on in their lives.”

“Point taken,” Heilemann replied. “And when they put me in charge of all cable news, I promise I’ll do something a little bit different than the rest of what the world does.”

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