CNN “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo attempted to blame the Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting on Carly Fiorina’s “rhetoric.”
Friday on CNN, Cuomo and Fiorina sparred after Cuomo asked Fiorina, “Now, when we’re looking with what happened here in Colorado, very often you’ve said Trump has to watch what he says. It has implications. Do you feel any sense of regret about how you characterized what was beginning on at Planned Parenthood after the attack in Colorado? Because of what the man said, which seems as though he was influenced by some of the rhetoric that was coming out of you and others that painted a very ugly picture, an unfair one, about Planned Parenthood?” (RELATED: Planned Parenthood Shooter Says He’s Guilty, Claims To Be A ‘Warrior For The Babies’)
“Oh, please. Really, Chris? Look, nine videotapes have come out about Planned Parenthood,” Fiorina explained. “It is very clear what they have been doing. And in fact, Planned Parenthood several weeks ago made a quiet little announcement that they would no longer accept compensation for the sale of what they call fetal tissue. That’s about as close to an admission as you can get.”
Cuomo responded, “That’s not what they say.”
“Look, what happened in Colorado is a terrible thing,” Fiorina said. “This guy is a deranged murderer, and I hope he is put away for life. It may be that we should be classifying that as domestic terrorism as well. But that has nothing to do with the truth of what is going on in Planned Parenthood. And this is a typical left wing tactic, to try and shut down the truth by silencing people. This has happened over and over and over again.”
“Ms. Fiorina, the question doesn’t go away. The videos were edited,” Cuomo suggested. “You know that. The scenes that were depicted —”
“I actually, I don’t know that,” Fiorina interjected. “There’s been forensic evidence of those nine videotapes over and over again. There have been reports that say they are not edited. So it’s amazing to me that we’re still having this conversation.”
“Of course they were edited,” Cuomo shot back. “No, no, no. Let’s be careful about what we’re saying. Of course they were edited.”
“Oh, let’s be very careful about what we’re saying, Chris,” Fiorina argued. “Let’s be very careful about what we’re saying.”
“You’re saying the raw portions of the video substantiate the claims that you and others have made. That has not been proven to any satisfaction in any objective way. There were scenes and pictures depicting horrible things that nobody should want to see that weren’t authentic and weren’t germane to the conversation within the video,” Cuomo said. “We had the guy on here. He couldn’t justify it. Now you have somebody who went out and killed in the name of that.”
“Really? Really? OK, I don’t recall, Chris, careful, you’re a journalist. I don’t recall anybody in the pro-life community celebrating this tragedy. I don’t recall any of that happening. And I also know for a fact that Planned Parenthood — by the way, have you ever watched those videos? You really ought to, if you haven’t,” Fiorina suggested.
Cuomo indicated that he had in fact seen the videos.
“But I don’t understand why Planned Parenthood would make an announcement that they’re no longer accepting compensation,” Fiorina argued.
Cuomo explained, “To clarify a policy that was used to villainize them when they felt there was no need to do that. That’s what the head of the organization says.”
“It’s clear what your opinion is, Chris,” Fiorina insisted. “I think you’ve bought the Planned Parenthood line, hook, line and sinker. So good to know that.”