While discussing the group of Republican senators who were involved in drafting the GOP Senate’s health care bill that was unveiled yesterday, MSNBC host Ali Velshi made a major faux pas that seems even more inexplicable when taken within the context of the segment.
Standing in front of a large monitor, Velshi wanted to highlight all of the campaign contributions the 13 GOP senators had received from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, obviously as a way to show they were influenced by the money.
Anyway, while going down the list of lawmakers and how much cash they’d taken, he came upon Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO). And it appears he confused him with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).
“Cory Gardner, Democratic Senator from New Jersey, $151,000,” Velshi exclaimed. He then continued down his list without skipping a beat.
Later on in the program, Velshi highlighted his error, pointing out he had mistaken Gardner for Booker while stating he had “misspoke.”
Below is his mea culpa:
This is the second embarrassing mistake Velshi’s made this week while talking about a member of the Senate. Shortly after the Senate Republicans’ health care bill was released, Velshi mentioned that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was speaking on the Senate floor. And he described the Senate Minority Whip as “Ohio Senator Dick Durbin, deputy leader in the House.”
Amazing. MSNBC’s Ali Velshi just now: "Ohio* Sen. Dick Durbin, deputy leader** in the House***"
**Senate Minority Whip
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) June 22, 2017
Watch the Velshi mix up Gardner and Booker at the top of the page, via MSNBC.
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