CNN’s Jake Tapper slammed for criticizing Rep. Mast’s ‘commitment to democracy’
CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Wednesday accused a Republican congressman who lost both his legs while serving in the military of not having a “commitment to democracy in America” for voting against impeaching President Donald Trump.
While talking about the then-ongoing House impeachment proceedings and Republican opposition on Wednesday with Dana Bash on “CNN Newsroom,” Tapper touched on Rep. Brian Mast’s (R-Fla.) “nay” vote.
“Congressman Brian Mast a Republican from Florida, who lost his legs, by the way, fighting for democracy abroad, although I don’t know about his commitment to it here in the United States,” the recently promoted Tapper told Bash.
Wednesday evening, after the House had voted in favor of the single article of impeachment, Mast shot back at Tapper and defended questioning the 2020 presidential election.
“I lost two legs for @jaketapper’s right to say whatever the hell he wants,” the Florida congressman tweeted, “but that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election.”
Tapper replied to Mast’s tweet soon after and called him a “hero” but did not apologize for his comments.
“You’re a hero for your service and I’m grateful, as I’ve said before,” Tapper wrote. “And yes i question the commitment to democracy of anyone who spread election lies, signed onto that deranged TX AG lawsuit, and voted to commit sedition. You were not just asking questions.”
On Thursday, Tapper further doubled down on his criticism of Mast when responding to a tweet from Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Penn.) blasting the news anchor for his remarks about Mast and calling him “a disgrace.”
“I question the patriotism of anyone who spreads election lies, signs on to a mendacious Supreme Court lawsuit, and votes to disenfranchise millions of voters — including your own!! — especially with blood on the floor after a terrorist attack,” Tapper tweeted Thursday morning in a thread. “You betrayed your own voters.”
“No one needs a lecture on integrity from a congressman who repeatedly pushed to disenfranchise his own constituents in service to a losing president’s fragile ego,” the host of CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” continued.
“Trump has succeeded in turning not only opposition to facts and decency into principles his loyal factotums adhere to, but opposition to democracy itself,” Tapper added. “Clear eyes here, folks.”
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