CNN panelists Tara Setmayer and John Phillips engaged in a shouting match on Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN Newsroom.
The two Republicans were discussing Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment, when Phillips, a Donald Trump supporter, accused Setmayer of regurgitating Democratic talking points.
“This is the argument that was made against John McCain and his supporters. This was the argument that was made about George W. Bush You can go all the way back to Dick Nixon,” he stated. “You’re doing the Democratic Party talking points… and as a Republican I’m surprised by that.”
Setmayer defended herself by stating “she’s speaking honestly.”
“This is not about talking points, John. This is about asking why the Republicans and conservatives have lost a lot of moral high ground here,” she continued. “Because they’re sticking their heads in the sand about what’s really happening and the ugliness of Donald Trump’s side of things.”
“At some point, you have to stop being a sore loser, Tara,” cut in Phillips.
Setmayer responded in turn.
“It’s not about being a sore loser, it’s about being honest, and you have to stop being a sycophant and explaining away things that are unexplainable.”
The two yelled at each other for an additional 15 seconds before host Ashley Banfield ended the segment.