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Alisyn Camerota Clashes With Matt Schlapp: You’re Doing ‘Fancy Rhetorical Footwork’ to Defend Trump

President Donald Trump‘s friends were hard to come by on cable news Wednesday morning — less than 24 hours after the guilty plea by his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, and the guilty verdict against his campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

But ever-loyal, Matt Schlapp — chairman of the American Conservative Union — went to bat for his president Wednesday. Appearing on CNN’s New Day for a chat with Alisyn Camerota, Schlapp tried to write off Cohen’s plea deal as totally no biggie.

“I believe that Michael Cohen pled guilty to actions that are called crimes in the plea deal, that aren’t in fact crimes,” Schlapp said. “Alisyn, can you name any other person in this country who has been convicted of trying to squelch a story in the National Enquirer?”

Camerota wasn’t buying any of it.

“What I think you’re doing is a lot of fancy rhetorical footwork,” Camerota said.

The two went back-and-forth for a bit, with each volley seemingly more heated than the last. Schlapp asked Camerota that he be allowed to speak without interruption.

“I would like this interview to be along the same tone as [preceding New Day guest Sen.] Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) just had,” Schlapp said. “Ask your questions and let me answer them.”

“I’d like that, Matt,” Camerota replied. “But you have to answer my questions and not redirect.”

“I get to do whatever I want!” Schlapp shot back

“No, you don’t, Matt!” Camerota said.

“I have a First Amendment right to answer,” Schlapp said — under the apparent belief the Framers gave citizens the right to bloviate uninterrupted on cable news.

Watch above, via CNN.

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