If you’re a liberal and Chris Cuomo — whose CNN show ought to be listed as an in-kind contribution to the Democrat Party — has to correct your lies, things are pretty bad.
Yet, that’s exactly what happened to New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who claimed that not a single Democrat voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch when he was confirmed last year.
Gillibrand was on the show this week to intimate that the process for replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy will be dragged out by the Democrats, inasmuch as they can drag it out.
“To think that you’re going to have a normal process under this president, who hasn’t done anything normally at all, I think is not — is not a smart bet,” the senator, widely tipped as a possible 2020 Democrat nominee, told Cuomo.
“He got the votes,” Cuomo said.
“He didn’t get a vote from one Democrat,” Gillibrand responded.
CNN's Chris Cuomo had to correct Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for falsely claiming that no Democrats voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch.
Watch Cuomo's face when Gillibrand makes the claim. pic.twitter.com/0n3YHiood8
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 29, 2018
Keep in mind that this is a CNN host who’s about to embarrass a Democrat. You can tell this is a special kind of pain for Cuomo, almost as if he realizes that he’s about to undergo a colonoscopy without anesthetic.
And, in fact, he tries to give Gillibrand a painless way out of this for both of them: “Are you right that he didn’t get one vote? Didn’t he get three?”
I’ll give her a sort of perverse credit: Gillibrand was willing to stick with the lie even after Cuomo gave her an easy way out. “He got no Democratic votes, no,” she said dismissively.
“They stood strong, and they passed it with Republican votes,” she continued.
“I thought he got three, by the way,” Cuomo said.
At this point, Gillibrand looked off camera to her right, assumedly to someone telling her that no, she was the one in error here.
“You might be right, Chris, but I believe this Democratic caucus will stand together,” she said.
Of course, her only piece of evidence for this — that they’d “stood strong” against Gorsuch as a caucus — was completely erroneous, but hey. She got a viral clip out of it. Not the kind that she might like, but why let facts get in the way? She certainly didn’t.
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