CNN’s Jake Tapper is questioning why he should put Republican House leaders on his program when he believes they continue to lie.
“When it comes to lies like this — and the House Republican caucus, and the leaders like McCarthy and Steve Scalise — they’re like Doritos. You can’t just do one. You keep lying, and lying, and lying,” Tapper said on Tuesday.
Tapper continued to explain, “We saw last week, McCarthy spreading the lie about Joe Biden wanting to steal your hamburgers for climate change.”
He added, “We’ve seen the appeasement of lies when it comes to Covid and the fact that about half of Republican voters say that they’re not willing to get vaccinated because of all the lies and fear that has been injected into the Republican bloodstream about health issues.”
Tapper also argued, “We see the appeasement of the conspiracy theorists that support the deranged theory of QAnon, that there are satanic, cannibalistic pedophiles who run Hollywood and the Democratic party. It just keeps going. That’s the point.”
Watch Tapper’s comments below:
Calling the “lie” about the 2020 election “anti-democracy,” Tapper claimed, “It is sowing seeds of ignorance in the populous, and obviously has the potential to incite violence.”
“But beyond that is, if you’re willing to lie about that, what are you not willing to lie about? And that’s where we are when it comes to the House Republican leadership — McCarthy and Scalise — and where we are with too many leaders of the Republican Party,” Tapper said.
The CNN host said he believes “this country needs a strong, thriving, healthy, fact-based Republican Party.”
Acknowledging debates are necessary, Tapper said, “But we can’t have those debates if one side of the argument is not willing to stick to standards and facts, for a whole host of reasons.”
He continued, “One of them is, how am I supposed to believe anything they say? If they’re willing to lie about Joe Biden wanting to steal your hamburgers, and QAnon and the Big Lie about the election, what are they not willing to lie about? Why should I put any of them on TV?”