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Daily Beast’s Eli Lake to C-SPAN Caller: ‘I Wish You Luck with Your Mental Illness’

The Daily Beast’s national security reporter Eli Lake was appearing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal this week when a caller started going off on the show’s “deceit” in describing terrorism as an “existential threat” to the United States. Lake took more than a little pleasure in shutting the man down.

“When I listen to your guest, it’s almost astonishing when I listen to the level of deceit, particularly when it comes to the facts of the words ‘existential threat,'” the caller began. “The only existential threat to the United States of America is the Israeli government, which represents a true existential threat, which was an active participant in 9/11.”

At that point, the show’s host cut the caller off, giving Lake a chance to respond.

“Make sure, sir, if you’re watching this to listen to the man in the white lab coat,” Lake said calmly into the camera. “He’s only trying to help your recovery. And I wish you luck with your mental illness.”

Only then did Lake break into a laugh and roll his eyes.

Watch video below, via C-SPAN:

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