Sen. Martha McSally, a Republican lawmaker from the state of Arizona, was dismissive and engaged in name-calling toward CNN reporter Manu Raju on Thursday, after he asked her a simple question about the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.
At issue is whether the Senate should consider allowing new evidence in the trial itself, including hearing from additional witnesses, such as former National Security Advisor John Bolton. Raju wasn’t confrontational in asking the question to McSally, who was walking in the halls of Congress when the reporter asked her his queries.
It’s common for senators and reporters to interact with one another during these moments on Capitol Hill.
“Senator McSally, should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?” Raju asked during the exchange, according to reporting from Business Insider.
McSally let out a demeaning, unintelligible groan, before saying, “You’re a liberal hack, I’m not talking to you.”
Raju continued to try and get an answer from McSally, despite her efforts at calling him a name. “You’re not going to comment about this?” he asked.
“You’re a liberal hack,” McSally responded.
McSally shared the video of their interaction herself, doubling down on the assertion she made that the reporter was a “liberal hack.”
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) January 16, 2020
The question is a legitimate one to ask, and could be important for voters in her home state to know where she stands, especially since McSally faces a re-election campaign this year.
Presently, McSally appears to be losing in a head-to-head contest with former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly. According to numbers from Public Policy Polling, McSally garners the preference of 42 percent of voters, while Kelly leads with a total of 46 percent.
McSally’s approval rating among the electorate is dismal, too, with only 37 percent approving of the job she’s done so far. Forty-seven percent disapprove.
McSally was appointed to the Senate after the late Sen. John McCain passed away in 2018. McSally had lost a Senate race that year as well, but Republican Gov. Doug Ducey tapped McSally to take McCain’s seat, after his initial successor, Jon Kyl, resigned (Kyl had taken the position only temporarily, CNN reported, doing so until Ducey could find a more permanent successor).