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CNN’s Cuomo Scolds ‘Partisans’ Joe & Mika: ‘They Rode Trump Up and Now They’re Riding Him Down’

Chris Cuomo‘s primetime show on CNN airs its first episode Monday night, and the host is already fired up.

In a series of tweets Monday morning, Cuomo scolded MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for their segment on Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani‘s remarks that even if the president shot someone, he could not be indicted until he was impeached.

Morning Joe tackled Giuliani’s comments Monday morning, with Scarborough declaring gravely: “Rudy Giuliani, on behalf of the president of the United States, said that the president of the United States could assassinate an FBI director who is investigating him and not face indictment.”

A shaken Brzezinski warned viewers that Trump is flexing his “right to murder.”

Cuomo responded to the segment on Twitter — calling the Morning Joe co-hosts “partisans” — and arguing that Giuliani was making a procedural case, and not actually claiming Trump should be able to murder with impunity.

“Partisans going too far like this allow an escape hatch for Rudy/Trump,” Cuomo wrote. “Rudy never said potus can kill. He was taking about process of removing potus. Impeachment first. By going too far you lose high ground that Rudy should never have used that example.

“Stick to truth!” Cuomo added.

Cuomo later responded to a detractor who said Joe & Mika were simply reacting to Trump and Giuliani’s “messaging.”

“Wrong,” Cuomo replied. “They are provocative.”

He then took aim at the Morning Joe co-hosts for giving Trump a platform during the 2016 campaign — something they’ve taken heat for — and turning on him now that he’s president.

“They rode Trump up and now are riding him down,” Cuomo wrote. “Pundit prerogative.”

“But Rudy was not saying potus has power to murder and you know it,” he continued. “It is about process. Stick to facts and you get to same criticism without weakness of hyperbole.”

Watch the Morning Joe segment above, via MSNBC.

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