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Guest Rips Off Mic and Walks Away After CNN Politicizes Mail Bombs

The landscape of the media and political world was rocked Wednesday by reports of a number of “suspicious packages” believed to contain rudimentary bombs that were addressed to prominent Democrats.

Despite there being virtually no information regarding the perpetrator of what can only be described as an act of domestic terrorism, the liberal media and elected Democrats promptly used the developing story as a launchpad to viciously attack President Donald Trump and his supporters as being responsible for the alleged bombs.

The instant politicization of the mail bombs and baseless attacks on the president were so bad that it actually compelled a guest on CNN to get up and walk out from an interview right before a scheduled segment was about to begin.

That CNN guest was former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who famously led the New York Police Department during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and resultant aftermath.

Speaking in an exclusive podcast interview with Breitbart News on Wednesday evening, Kerik explained what had transpired earlier at CNN that merited his getting up and walking out.

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“I was scheduled to be on CNN. We were supposed to talk about the investigation and seizure of these devices, and right in the beginning of the set, they suspended us and they went to (former CIA Director) John Brennan, who was somewhere speaking … and then he went on a 10-minute rant about the president,” Kerik said.

“You know, as somebody that led through the worst terror attack in our country’s history, and knows how important unity is — especially on a day like today, and in the aftermath of this — I just found it appalling that CNN would use this time to let this guy go on this political rant about the president, and I walked off,” he added.

“I took off the earpiece and the mic and I left. I just can’t stand it. It just turns my stomach what these people are doing, and it’s wrong,” Kerik said. “They should be focused on the investigation, focused on getting the information the FBI has out to the public in case somebody knows something. Get the visuals out to the public if they’ve seen something. I just think it’s wrong.”

Breitbart’s Joel Pollack sought to clarify the scene for listeners. “So they had you there to talk about the mail bombs, and you had to listen to a political rant by John Brennan, and they wanted you to address the politics, and you said you’re not doing that?” he asked.

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But Kerik corrected Pollack on the sequence of events.

“Well, they didn’t even get to that part because I didn’t wait for him to finish,” Kerik said of Brennan. “I wasn’t going to stand there and listen to more of his rhetoric.”

“Here’s the problem,” Kerik added. “Pre-interview and right up until this guy began to talk, I listened to everybody on CNN talking about how disruptive and terrible it is for people … to be uncivil. Nobody talked about Maxine Waters. Nobody talked about Eric Holder encouraging people to engage in violence. Nobody talked about a U.S. congressman attacked and shot on a baseball field.

“You know what? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Kerik said. “They make themselves out to be this group or this organization that’s trying to help when they are more divisive than anything else I’ve heard. It’s just wrong.”

The remainder of the interview focused largely on Kerik’s law enforcement experience and his thoughts on how the investigation of the package bombs would be conducted and ultimately play out over the next few days. You can listen to the whole segment right here:

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Though Kerik speaks about politics from time to time, his experience with law enforcement is why he is invited on news programs and given a platform to speak.

Kerik went on CNN to discuss the investigative aspects of the mail bomb story, but all the network wanted to do was trash the president, without evidence, which Kerik had no desire to take part in. So he got up and left.

If only more non-insane guests like Kerik would act similarly when CNN goes off the rails — as it has a tendency to do — perhaps the low-rated network would ease off its politicized insanity and simply cover the news in a relatively objective fashion.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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The School of Life
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