CNN’s Cuomo Pummels Steve Cortes: You Get Info on My Show From ‘Your Little Buddies at Breitbart’
CNN host Chris Cuomo and former President Donald Trump Hispanic Advisory Council member Steve Cortes battled it out on Wednesday over Trump’s comments during a closed-door meeting with evangelical leaders claiming if the Republicans lose in the midterms, there will be violence.
Speaking to the group of pastors earlier this week, President Donald Trump said this about what will happen if the GOP does not win the election: “They will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently, and violently. There’s violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people.”
Bringing up those remarks, Cuomo asked Cortes, “Do you think the president should apologize for saying if the GOP loses in the midterms there will be violence? First of all, if you win, you don’t have to be upset about it…But violence? Why stoke that kind of fear?”
Cortes would not say that Trump should apologize.
“I’ll tell you why. He’s not stoking fear,” Cortes replied. “He’s recognizing the reality out there. The very unfortunate reality in America is that political violence is on the rise…”
“He says if we lose it’s going to be violent,” Cuomo pressed Cortes, reminding him of Trump’s remark. “‘Preachers,’ he said. ‘Preachers, help me in the pulpit because if we lose they are going to be violent. They’re violent people.'”
“A lot of them are,” Cortes snapped back, saying Trump was referring to Antifa.
Then, as things got heated Cortes accused Cuomo on equivocating on Antifa.
“I never equivocated on anything,” a clearly annoyed Cuomo replied. “You let your righty mouthpieces twist my words for effect to enhance a bigoted agenda. And now you’re going to sell it.”
He continued on, voice raised: “It’s a mistake on this show. I said very clearly and people can check my words, ‘you break the law you’re a criminal and a thug.’ I said I don’t create a moral equation between those who preach hate and those who fight it because not all punches are equal. And I stand by that. But I never endorsed Antifa. Don’t sell B.S. to my face. Do it behind my back where you’re better at it.”
The conversation then devolved into crosstalk.
Cuomo, though, wasn’t done and took another dig at where Cortes gets his info.
“Your wave of — listen, this is my point, Steve,” Cuomo shot back. “You know if you looked at the words, which unfortunately we both know you didn’t. You read your little buddies at Breitbart and the little niche places that you say need to have more time on Google. And you came up with Cuomo didn’t beat down Antifa enough. Untrue. I said if you break the law you’re a criminal. It’s not good enough for you guys. You know why? You want to divide. And I’m wondering if it will work for you.”
Watch above, via CNN
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