CNN White House correspondent John Harwood may be wishing Twitter had an “undo” option. On Thursday, Harwood was blasted on social media for basically repeating outrageous comments made last weekend by an MSNBC guest.
This week, Americans have watched the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. As might be expected, Republican Senators have grilled Jackson over her record of giving light sentences to defendants in child pornography cases.
Harwood decided to offer up his opinion that this basic due diligence of someone who could sit on the nation’s highest court for a lifetime appointment was endangering her life.
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Last weekend, far-left journalist for The Nation, Elie Mystal, said on MSNBC that Republicans were trying to get Jackson “killed.”
Mystal told Tiffany Cross, without evidence, “What Josh Hawley is doing, let’s let’s be very clear, what Josh Hawley is doing when he tries to do this, is he’s trying to get her killed. He is trying to get violence done against a Supreme Court nominee.”
People wasted no time calling out Harwood’s comments.
Many users pointed out that Steve Scalise was nearly killed after a Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire at a Republican baseball event and had a list of targets in his pocket:
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This is not the first time that Democrats have implied that Republicans are not just out to harm those they disagree with, but to do serious bodily injury or even kill them.
In January of 2021, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had the audacity to agree with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) after the controversy over the stock app Robinhood suspending the trading of Game Stop stock.
This was apparently a trigger for Ocasio-Cortez, reminding her of the violence that had taken place at the Capitol just weeks before.
She told Cruz that he and other Republicans had “tried to get her killed,” and that he could well, just save his agreement.
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It is hard to tell whether or not Democrats and the left have short memories or convenient ones.
In addition to Scalise, in October of 2018, a man from New York, Ronald DiRisi, was arrested and charged with threatening to kill two Senators over their backing of then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
No word on whether John Harwood is still looking for that Twitter undo option.
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