A CNN panel on Monday evening ripped into two powerful GOP lawmakers who have turned themselves into personal megaphones for amplifying former President Donald Trump’s debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.
Anchor John Berman asked his conservative colleague SE Cupp to assess the harm that people such as House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and United States Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are inflicting upon the population by relentlessly parroting Trump’s false narratives.
“Congressman Scalise and Senator Grassley, who as we noted, knows better, they are leaders in the Republican Party. Scalise is perpetuating the Big Lie and Grassley is kind of coming up with this new lie that Trump was somehow the victim in the insurrection. What does this do to the party? And what does this do to the country?” Berman asked.
“Well, it’s an embarrassment to the country to watch two grown men so emasculated, so afraid of losing Donald Trump’s support and supporter and unable to say what we all know to be true. It’s deeply disappointing. But I actually think it’s worse. In some ways, people like Steve Scalise, lawmakers like Chuck Grassley leaning into this and really giving it their full weight is, I think, worse than Trump doing it,” Cupp said.
“The idea that Trump lies and doesn’t know how to tell the truth or doesn’t care about facts, that’s almost baked into the cake even amongst his supporters. But the idea that lawmakers are going along with it, very seriously, not flippantly, but seriously going along with it, I think, gives it a lot of credit to people who are tuning into Fox News, maybe, who are disaffected voters and think, well, if they are saying it, surely, it must be true because no one seems to be fact-checking this, you know, on some of the right-wing media airwaves,” she continued. “So I think it’s – it’s actually incredibly dangerous, what Steve Scalise and Chuck Grassley and many other Republicans, by the way, are doing, in, in some ways – worse than Trump saying it in the first place.”
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