WATCH: Stephanie Ruhle calls out Rebekah Mercer's lie that she hasn't spoken to Bannon in 'many months'
MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle (Screen capture)

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle said that it's a serious stretch for shadowy Republican mega-donor Rebekah Mercer to claim that she hasn't spoken to Steve Bannon in "many months" because Bannon was Mercer's featured guest a cocktail party in mid-October.

Mercer, said Ruhle, "said she hasn't had contact with Bannon for many months, which I found curious because on Oct. 18 of last year, she hosted a cocktail party in her apartment on the Upper West Side of New York City."

"Steve Bannon was a featured guest and she was very complimentary with him, introducing him all around the party and saying lovely thing about him," she said.

The Washington Post's Ashley Parker said that "the split now is very real" between Bannon and the Mercers, who have been allies for years in a project to put right-wing politicians into power.

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