Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) insulted CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju when he attempted to ask her whether she’d consider new evidence in the impending Senate impeachment trial. “You’re a liberal hack—I’m not talking to you,” McSally seethed at Raju as she walked to a meeting. “You’re not going to comment?” Raju asked, prompting her to call him a “liberal hack” again.
After the moment went viral, McSally—facing a tight Senate race against Democrat Mark Kelly, who holds a big fundraising lead over her—attempted to capitalize on the publicity by posting the video to her official Twitter account. President Trump’s 2020 campaign tweeted out “THREE CHEERS” for the senator while directing followers to donate to her campaign.
Responding to McSally’s remarks, CNN PR said in a statement: “It is extremely unbecoming for a U.S. Senator to sink to this level and treat a member of the press this way for simply doing his job.”