MSNBC host Ari Melber snapped on RNC spokeswoman Liz Harrington on his show The Beat.
During a contentious segment, Harrington was trying to get a word in, as Melber and his liberal host John Flanngery were criticizing President Donald Trump over his call with the president of Ukraine. Eventually Melber snapped, saying to Harrington, “I guess you think you’re on Fox News, right?”
Melber continually pressed Harrington on acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney‘s public admission that the White House engaged in a quid pro quo related to Ukrainian military aid. Harrington, however, tried to claim Mulvaney was trying to get that country to launch an investigation into the 2016 election in exchange for releasing $391 million in Congressionally approved money.
After Melber played the infamous “we do that all the time” admission from Mulvaney’s press conference, which Mulvaney desperately tried to walk back hours later, Harrington began to furiously spin and distract. [Mediaite]
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Harrington said, “That was very chopped up there, but he’s talking about very generally. And I would ask, why are Democrats so, not — why don’t they want to get in the way of a legitimate Justice Department investigation into election meddling? Why do you…”
Melber interrupted her, “I think you’re great at answering questions. I have to give my answer… Was he wrong when he admitted that?”
Harrington tried to answer his question, when Melber screamed, “Hold on! Let’s take turns! If you ever want to come back on this show, we have to take turns. Just rules of the road. You’re kind of doing a double Mulvaney. You’re saying: ‘Yes, this is part of it. That’s what you needed from Ukraine.’”
Harrington responded, “It had nothing to do with Biden. If you can read the transcript, we all can, and you’re talking about corruption, President [Volodymyr] Zelensky brings up draining the swamp. You’re talking about corruption, you’re talking about Ukraine. How does Joe Biden not get mentioned when you think he was the point person on corruption?”
The liberal guest Flannery said that Trump linked the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to investigating Joe Biden with his “I’d like you to do us a favor, though” line.
Harrington responded, “It’s not Biden, it’s not Biden, it’s DNC.”
Flannery shot back, “If you actually can read — I guess you think you’re on Fox News, right? You can’t possibly wait until somebody finishes talking. Your objective is to interfere with any truth that’s said by anyone else but yourself and what you say is not true. It’s a lie.”
John Flannery: “I guess you think you’re on Fox News, right? You can’t possibly wait until someone finishes talking. Your objective is to interfere with any truth that’s said by anyone else…”
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Harrington said, “That’s not what the transcript says. And I would again…”
“That IS what the transcript says,” Flannery interrupted.