By Kyle Drennen - newsbusters.org|
Only minutes after taking to Twitter early Wednesday morning to falsely claim that “no one” was talking about repealing the Second Amendment, CNN New Day co-host Chris Cuomo doubled-down on that assertion during an interview with former Senator Rick Santorum. When the Republican pointed to a Tuesday New York Times op/ed in which former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens demanded that the right to bear arms be revoked, Cuomo simply pretended it didn’t happen.
The gun control activist and sometimes news anchor ranted: “And you’ve got the President of the United States this morning tweeting that, ‘The Second Amendment will never be repealed, we must have more [Republicans].’ Who’s calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment? Who’s calling for it?” Santorum replied: “Well, Justice Stevens did.”
At first, Cuomo denied reality: “He did not. It was in the context of a conversation about the fastest route to legal change.” Actually, Stevens directly called for gun control advocates to “demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.” The CNN host then laughably attempted to dismiss Stevens as a nobody: “He’s not a politician. He’s not in office. He’s not the head of any kind of significant group.”
“It’s a boogeyman, Rick....That does not breed unity. It’s a boogeyman and you know it,” Cuomo proclaimed.
Santorum pushed back:
Look, there have been boogeymans on both sides....And what we see is demonization. You point to the right. I would point to the left. Look at what they’ve done to Marco Rubio. I mean, Marco Rubio’s been out there trying to do everything he can to stop these horrific events, engaging young people –
Cuomo cut him off to denigrate the Florida Senator’s legislative accomplishments on the issue: “That’s not true....He’s doing negotiations, he’s talked about the kinds of bills. He’s not working on any meaningful restriction of access....do not put Marco Rubio out there as someone who’s at the forefront of the most progressive ways to end these shootings.”
Even Cuomo’s own co-host Alisyn Camerota was forced to defend Rubio against such attacks during a Monday interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg.
Apparently, anything short of restricting gun rights was not good enough for Cuomo and Santorum called him out for it: “This is the problem that we have here, if you don’t agree with you on a particular solution that you agree to, that somehow or another, you don’t care about this. That’s wrong, Chris. You can’t demonize – ”
Cuomo claimed: “I’m not demonizing anybody – ” Santorum hit back: “You’re saying that he doesn’t care about trying to solve this problem.” Cuomo condescendingly replied: “No, I never said. I’ll send you the transcript of this. You’re thinking it in your head because it’s convenient, but it’s not coming out of my mouth.” He was just strongly implying that Rubio doesn’t care about school shootings.
The anchor went to disingenuously argue that he wasn’t lobbying for gun control: “What I’m saying is, access about who gets weapons and how is the fundamental question in this situation, okay? It just is. I’m not calling for a weapons ban. I’m not calling for anything. It’s up to you and your ilk to figure out the answers.”
Cuomo spent much of segment complaining to Santorum about people criticizing the left-wing activism of some of the Parkland high school students:
"We get distracted by all these efforts to attack the kids and say that they’re not real, they didn’t go to this school, likening them to Nazis, making fun of young women, lying about what they do. That’s what people are your side of the fence are doing. I don’t hear them being called out."
"You’ve got people putting up Nazi effigies of these kids who survived a murderous shooting. You have them lying about a young woman ripping up the Constitution, when it was a target. They’re lying, they’re creating boogeymen. And nobody’s calling them out....what do you say to those people who are making the survivors down there into bad people and saying they should shut up and no one should listen to them because they’re not going to come up with the solutions?"
The liberal host never expressed such concerns for civility when some of those same students took to CNN to call gun rights supporters “child murderers,” suggested that NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch was a bad mother, and declared that Senator Rubio reminded them of a school shooter.