Tapper battles GOP lawmakers over criticism of Afghan vet’s Electoral College vote

CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperKelly says Trump can’t admit to making mistakes: ‘His manhood is at issue here’ ‘I saw my life flash before my eyes’: An oral history of the Capitol attack CNN expanding Jake Tapper’s show to two hours, shortening Wolf Blitzer’s show MORE and Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastRepublican war veteran gives Guard troops a tour of the Capitol LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to impeach Trump after Capitol insurrection READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Fla.), a veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan, are criticizing one another after the CNN star questioned Mast’s commitment to democracy over his votes to throw out the Electoral College votes for Pennsylvania and Arizona.

Conservatives have seized the fight, which started when CNN’s Dana BashDana BashCNN expanding Jake Tapper’s show to two hours, shortening Wolf Blitzer’s show Fauci: Mutant coronavirus strain must be taken ‘very seriously’ Incoming Democratic House members sidestep questions on voting for Pelosi as speaker MORE on Wednesday said Mast was among the Republicans who said no members of the mob that attacked the Capitol last week did so at President TrumpDonald TrumpCotton: Senate lacks authority to hold impeachment trial once Trump leaves office Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will introduce impeachment articles against Biden ICE acting director resigns weeks after assuming post MORE’s bequest.

The House impeached Trump on Wednesday on a single charge of inciting the mob that attacked the Capitol during a joint session’s certification of the Electoral College results. Mast’s votes agains the results in Arizona and Pennsylvania came after the mob attack.

“What you’re saying right now is relevant, because (Mast), a Republican from Florida — who lost his legs, by the way, fighting for democracy abroad, although I don’t know about his commitment to it here in the United States,” Tapper told Bash during the broadcast. 

Mast then criticized Tapper on Twitter for those remarks. 

 

“I lost two legs for @jaketapper’s right to say whatever the hell he wants, but that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election,” he tweeted.

I lost two legs for @jaketapper’s right to say whatever the hell he wants, but that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election. https://t.co/ViNrwz9cbU

— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) January 13, 2021

Other conservatives have also seized on Tapper’s remarks to criticize him online.

And Mast,  who was photographed giving a tour of the Capitol to National Guard troops on Wednesday, was invited on “Fox & Friends” Thursday, in part to discuss Tapper.

Mast said his commitment to democracy was “unwavering” and that American society must get to the point where “I can say this is why I think you’re wrong and we can have a real debate and hopefully you end up learning something about each other instead of just coming away with two people that are pissed off at one another.”

Tapper on Thursday blasted Rep. Guy ReschenthalerGuy ReschenthalerREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Cleaver concludes congressional prayer with ‘amen and awoman’ Here are the Republicans planning to challenge the Electoral College results MORE (R-Pa.) on Twitter, after the Pennsylvania lawmaker said it was a “disgrace” for him to have questioned Mast’s patriotism.

.@JakeTapper is a disgrace for questioning @RepBrianMast’s patriotism. Brian has done more for this country than Tapper ever will. He is a friend of mine, a patriot, and a hero.

I long for the days when journalists actually had integrity. pic.twitter.com/0n3swEc7tJ

— Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (@GReschenthaler) January 14, 2021

Tapper replied that he would question of patriotism of anyone who lied about the election results or voted against fair elections in other states. He noted that Mast had voted to effectively disenfranchise millions of Pennsylvania voters by voting against that state’s Electoral College results, despite a lack of evidence of widespread fraud.

 

I question the patriotism of anyone who spreads election lies, signs on to a mendacious Supreme Court lawsuit, and votes to disenfranchise millions of voters — including your own!! — especially with blood on the floor after a terrorist attack. You betrayed your own voters.

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 14, 2021

2/ No one needs a lecture on integrity from a congressman who repeatedly pushed to disenfranchise his own constituents in service to a losing president’s fragile ego.

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 14, 2021 .

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