MSNBC’s Craig Melvin had a rousing interview with far-right pundit Candace Owens on Thursday, which included an intense debate about the fear-mongering tactics both sides of the political aisle use to attack their enemies.
The bulk of the conversation gravitated around the Supreme Court — particularly the idea that Roe v. Wade will be overturned once President Donald Trump picks a new, conservative justice to take the place of the retiring Anthony Kennedy. As the Talking Points USA communications director ripped the “mass hysteria” over who Trump’s going to nominate, Melvin asked her whether the future of Roe should be a litmus test for new justices.
“Even the fact we are discussing Roe v. Wade is a typical leftist tactic to get everybody upset and think that something’s going to be overturned,” Owens argued. “It’s a way for left to fear monger – which is what they always do – as if somehow all of their rights are going to be violated because Donald Trump gets a Supreme Court pick.”
The conversation continued with Owens taking shots at the media and the Left for their constant “fearmongering” over Trump instead of holding “rational dialogue.” As Owens said people didn’t speak in such apocalyptic terms when former President Barack Obama was in office, Melvin noted that there were plenty of people who used threatening, inflammatory rhetoric against the former president.
“To say that all of a sudden the Left is up in arms – the Right was up in arms for a while,” Melvin countered. He continued to note that Trump himself has subscribed to fringe-right views like Obama is a secret Muslim who wasn’t born in America.
Melvin eventually switched gears by asking Owens if Scott Pruitt should remain as head of the EPA as he keeps getting buried under a myriad of ethics scandals. Owens said the issue didn’t matter to her, that Pruitt’s scandals have “gotten way too much coverage,” and added that she doesn’t ” pretend this is something that’s a pressing issue we need to discuss wall-to-wall coverage on any network.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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