Finally, Chuck Todd Didn’t “Leave It Right There For Now”
“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd has come under fire for letting Republican guests on his Sunday morning talker get away with spewing lies and conspiracy theories and not challenging their baseless proclamations. What has become his signature interview-ending phrase, “We’ll have to leave it right there for now,” infuriates viewers.
During this morning’s Q&A with Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), however, Todd pushed back hard when the lawmaker attempted to distance himself from the “big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump and that Liz Cheney’s ouster from the GOP’s number three leadership position in the House wasn’t really about her opposition to the former president’s ongoing command to the party.
Todd asked Crenshaw, who claimed on Sunday he’s no “Trump loyalist,” whether he agrees she was ousted for not carrying Trump’s water. “No, fundamentally I don’t,” Crenshaw replied. He went on to say that the Republican caucus now needs to “talk about the things that American people care about.” He listed several issues he said his constituents wanted to address, such as inflation, the border crisis, and labor shortages.
“These are things that affect people, not this internal drama. One of the reasons I agreed to come on your show is to say that. This isn’t that important to people,” the conservative congressman added.
“But why should anybody believe a word you say if the Republican Party itself doesn’t have credibility?” Todd fired back.
After he showed a clip of Cheney saying that Republicans have “got to be able to tell people you can trust us” and therefore need to reject Trump’s lies about the election, Todd questioned Crenshaw’s insistence that it was merely about a “disagreement” on the election results. The host also pressed Crenshaw on why he supported the Texas attorney general’s lawsuit that sought to toss out votes from several swing states.
“You guys in the press painted that as some extreme action. Of course, it wasn’t,” Crenshaw responded. “That amicus brief was a simple question of the Supreme Court in saying, can you please speak to this question of whether process changes in the election last minute, not approved by the legislature, can be deemed constitutional? It was a question.”
“This is the issue many people have,” Todd retorted. “You’re sitting here trying to say, ‘No, no, no, I just had a specific question.’ Yet, what you did gets weaponized by the former president.”
Todd also pointed out that the Republican official in charge of the Maricopa County audit recount recently called Trump “unhinged” after the ex-president falsely accused the county of deleting its election database.
“I understand you want to put this behind you, but he is the leader of your party and he doesn’t stop talking about this nonsense,” the anchor said.
“He’s one of many leaders in the party. He’s a former president,” Crenshaw replied. “We’re five months into President Biden’s presidency. There is a time to move on. You guys in the press love doing this, and I get it, right, that the press is largely liberal.”
Not wanting to just “leave it there,” Todd shot back: “No, no, no. Don’t start that. There’s nothing lazier than that excuse!”
Dan Crenshaw doesn't like Chuck Todd bringing up the fact that he signed onto the Texas lawsuit to toss out swing state votes, then says "you guys in the press" like doing this because they're "largely liberal."
Todd: "Don’t start that. There’s nothing lazier than that excuse." pic.twitter.com/FGRS7tF8UL
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 16, 2021