White House senior adviser Stephen Miller made an appearance on CNN for Jake Tapper's “State of the Union,” and things got heated quickly.
Miller kicked off the segment by talking about President Donald Trump's power and how the “so-called political geniuses” in Washington, D.C., do not understand it.
Tapper responded by saying that “the only person who’s called himself a genius in the last week is the president.” Miller then fired back saying that the claim was accurate because Trump's a "self-made billionaire who revolutionized reality TV and changed the course of our politics.”
That's when things escalated.
Tapper hit back, saying he was sure Trump was “watching and he’s happy you said that.” Miller again fired back, calling Tapper “snide” and “condescending” and was determined to get his two cents in on “the truth about the Donald Trump” he knows.
The two battled back and forth interrupting each other, and eventually Miller said: “You have 24 hours of negative anti-Trump, hysterical coverage on this network, that led in recent weeks to some spectacularly embarrassing false reporting from your network. The viewers are entitled to have three months of the truth.”
Tapper shot him down by saying, “It's my show and I don't want to do that” and told him, “Settle down, settle down, calm down.”
Tapper later asked about Trump's tweets and asked whether they helped or hurt his cause.
Miller responded by saying that the tweets not only helped him, but they perfectly combated the “toxic environment” created by “CNN and cable news.” Miller then hit on specific examples of CNN's mistakes while reporting on the Trump administration.
Miller then accused Tapper of not caring about the real issues and again called him “condescending.”
Tapper cut him off and said: “I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time. Thank you, Stephen.”
Trump took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the interview, claiming “Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed”:
Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration. Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2018
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