Republican Sen. Martha McSally on Thursday dismissed a call by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer to apologize to CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju for calling him a “liberal hack” on Thursday.
Q: Senator McSally, should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?
McSally: You’re a liberal hack I’m not talking to you
Manu- You’re not going to comment about this?
McSally: You're a liberal hack. pic.twitter.com/IW5pCfZ6Oa
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 16, 2020
The Arizona senator faced a backlash from multiple media personalities after she twice attacked Raju as a “liberal hack” when he attempted to ask her a question in a Capitol Hill hallway Thursday.
“Should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?” Raju asked McSally.
She replied, “Manu, you’re a liberal hack. I’m not talking to you.”
“You’re not going comment?” Raju pressed, prompting her to once again call him a “liberal hack.”
The exchange garnered criticism from CNN’s Jake Tapper, Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and Wolf Blitzer, among others who called McSally’s behavior unbecoming of a senator.
The former Air Force combat pilot who was appointed to the late Sen. John McCain’s Senate seat told Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” she had no plans to apologize for the comment to Raju.
“Senator, do you regret what you said?” asked Ingraham.
“No Laura, I do not,” McSally replied. “And I said it again actually as I went, I said, ‘You’re a liberal hack, buddy.’”
“As you know, these CNN reporters, there’s so many of them around the capital, they are so biased, they are so in cahoots with the Democrats, they so can’t stand the president, and they run around trying to chase Republicans and ask trapping questions,” McSally continued.
“I’m a fighter pilot, you know, I called it like it is, and that’s what we see out of the mainstream media, especially CNN, every single day, so obviously I’m going to tell the truth and I did it today and it’s laughable how they’ve responded,” she added. “They’re cheerleading the Democrats, they hate the president.”
Ingraham then played a clip of Blitzer calling on her to apologize for the “awful, awful” thing she said.
The senator fired back, “They have a lot of apologizing to do, and they should probably be filing FEC reports with the DNC.”
I'm a fighter pilot, I call it like it is and that's what I did today. pic.twitter.com/2PHc1fo2xo
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) January 17, 2020
McSally wasn’t always this belligerently irresponsible. Like so many other Republican officials who privately mocked Trump in 2016, she’s adopted his indecency now for political gain. I believe her behavior reflects her desperation and expection that she’ll likely lose in 2020. https://t.co/OflIzN91On
— Evan McMullin (@EvanMcMullin) January 17, 2020