GOP Rep Sean Duffy recently left congress to spend more time with his family, after it was revealed that his new daughter has a heart condition. Since his departure from Capital Hill, CNN announced on his show State of the Union that the network had hired him as a commentator.
CNN Anchor Jake Tapper announced the news on his show. He said, “Let’s bring in new CNN contributor, commentator and former congressman Sean Duffy. Thank you for being here and congratulations on joining the CNN family.”
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Duffy wasted no time defending President Trump and the GOP, after Tapper argued there’s no room for dissenting opinions on the right side of the political aisle.
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Duffy said, “If you look at the Republican Party and Donald Trump, I mean, we’ve expanded the party. So, Donald Trump won Wisconsin for the first time since 1984 — we won Michigan, we won Ohio, we’re winning union voters, rural voters — we’re doing better than we ever have. Now, if you want to say we don’t do well on the coast — in New York, New England, in the west coast of California, yeah, that’s true. But in the middle of American, where we actually have to keep the Senate and we have so many House seats, we are doing incredibly well.”
CNN contributors Amanda Carpenter and Jen Psaki were also on the show, and clashed with Duffy.
“Hold on a second!” Duffy said in response to Carpenter, who argued that Trump can only blame himself if he gets impeached. “We spent two years on a Russian investigation, right? And Democrats and the media were all about what happened in the 2016 election. What [White House chief of staff] Mick Mulvaney said… let’s get the server, the DNC server that had everything to do with the Russia investigation.”
“This is an absurd conspiracy theory!” Psaki interrupted. “What you’re stating is completely inaccurate and factually wrong.”
“It’s not,” Duffy responded.
“It’s a conspiracy theory on the right-wing blogs,” Psaki said.
“Why does this table disagree with the point we should look at 2016, Russia collusion, which is exactly what Donald Trump did?” Duffy retorted.
“Because we already know what happened,” CNN contributor said.
The next morning, Duffy appeared on the network again and clashed with another host.
CNN contributor Sean Duffy comes on to push the debunked Crowdstrike conspiracy theory for the second day in a row to justify Trump’s actions
Alisyn Camerota: That’s a conspiracy theory. … Ukraine doesn’t have the server, Sean.” pic.twitter.com/Et0k0Zvohe
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Over the summer, Duffy announced he would be leaving Congress; his ninth child has medical complications.
In a Facebook statement, Duffy said, “Recently, we’ve learned that our baby, due in late October, will need even more love, time, and attention due to complications, including a heart condition. With much prayer, I have decided that this is the right time for me to take a break from public service in order to be the support my wife, baby, and family need right now. It is not an easy decision — because I truly love being your Congressman — but it is the right decision for my family, which is my first love and responsibility.”
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