“I’ll send an email over to friends at Fox so you can go peddle your propaganda there.”
It’s about time that journalists start holding Trump surrogates’ feet to the fire. For the past year, cable news shows have been bringing on defenders of Donald Trump who lie through their teeth. But, finally, we are starting to see real journalists call out the bullshit.
This clip is a great example of that.
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace is actually a Republican herself, though she’s never been on the Trump train. And earlier this month, she had her fill of lies from one of her fellow Republican guests.
The former Press Secretary for Mike Pence, Marc Lotter, was on Wallace’s show trying to defend Trump and the administration, insisting that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“We know that so far there has been no evidence of any kind of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia,” Lotter said.
Wallace quickly jumped in, “Wait, why do you keep saying that? How do you know?”
Then Wallace asked the Trump surrogate if he trusted Bob Mueller. Lotter refused to answer the question.
A very frustrated Wallace asked again, “Why can’t you say that you trust a former FBI Director who worked for Republicans and Democrats and kept this country safe after the worst terror attack on our soil [on 9/11]? You can’t say you trust Bob Mueller?”
“It’s not my job to come here and say who I trust,” Lotter responded.
Wallace replied, “I hope they’re paying you a lot of money.”
Later in the conversation Wallace was clearly irritated with Lotter’s lies. She said, “Hey, I will call some friends over at Fox and try to get you a booking. But we’re not gonna peddle that- that’s not true.”
She continued, “Look we appreciate that you come here and speak on behalf of Donald Trump. But why can’t you say that- I mean we know that there was attempted collusion. If that’s not a crime why are you so defensive?”
When Lotter tried to change the subject to Hillary Clinton, Wallace said, “I’ll send an email over to friends at Fox. Go peddle your propaganda there.”