Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) got into a contentious argument on MSNBC on Thursday, as he tried to avoid answering questions about potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign by pivoting to Kathy Griffin.
Host Katy Tur pointed out the multiple times members of the Trump administration had been untruthful about their interactions with Russian government operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign, and she then asked Zeldin why he was still willing to take the administration’s word about the scandal.
Instead of answering the question, Zeldin went into a long rant about people who have said inappropriate things about President Donald Trump.
“What we’re hearing right now is the noise of the extreme,” he said. “People who, since the moment Donald Trump was elected, I mean there are people right now, who, uh, Madonna saying she wants to blow up the White House, Kathy Griffin holding up a decapitated head, Sean Penn saying he wants to assassinate the president, George Clooney saying he wants to punch him in the face, ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ killing the president, Snoop Dogg having a video shooting the president!”
Zeldin also said that people who were still “upset with last year’s election” were responsible for Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) being hospitalized after getting shot by an angry Bernie Sanders supporter.
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