CBS’ “Face the Nation” anchor Margaret Brennan called out Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) Sunday for tweeting “Let’s #FirePelosi” with a video showing him firing a gun days before a household invader attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer.
Brennan, during a tense back-and-forth, pressed Emmer to explain why he featured the anti-Pelosi slogan next to the video, which shows him firing what appears to be a fully automatic rifle on a shooting range.
“Wouldn’t pink panties be more appropriate if it was about getting her fired?” Why a gun? Brennan asked.
Ehmer dodged, saying there was no media coverage blaming Democrats when a Bernie Sanders supporter shot and injured Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and five others in 2017 during a Congressional baseball charity.
“We did a lot of coverage of what happened to Steve Scalise, there’s a lot of media coverage, sir,” Brennan replied.
“Nobody tried to assimilate the rhetoric of the Democrats, the people who say…”, interrupted Ehmer.
“I’m not talking about your rhetoric, I’m talking about what you posted,” Brennan said. “You shoot a gun. Our viewers have just seen it.
Emmer posted the tweet on Wednesday, two days before an assailant broke into Pelosi’s San Francisco home and hit Paul Pelosi with a hammer.
Police said they have not determined a motive. The suspect, who was arrested, allegedly shared far-right beliefs and conspiracy theories online, and brought zip ties and duct tape to Pelosi’s home asking, “Where’s Nancy?” said the police.
You can watch the “Face the Nation” exchange below.
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