MSNBC host Chris Jansing learned the hard way this Friday morning why attempting to spin the words of a Republican is never a good idea.
She tried to spin the words of 11-year-old Matthew Schricker, a young supporter of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump who she says “challenged” Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, a day earlier t a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina.
But when she then brought Schricker onto the show to talk about the so-called “challenge,” the young man was quick to set her straight.
“I was not meaning for it to be hostile,” he said. “As you said before, I was challenging him. No, I was not.”
“I was totally just asking him to see if he was – if Mr. Trump was approving,” he continued. “I was not trying to be mean to him or challenge him or trying to bait him, like many websites who are saying I was grilling him. I was not doing anything to offend him or the Trump campaign.”
Watch the clip below to hear his brutal take down for yourself:
What Schricker actually said at the rally was the following: “I’ve been watching the news lately, and I’ve been noticing that you’ve been kind of softening up on Mr. Trump’s policies and words. Is this going to be your role in the administration?”
The young man later explained to The News & Observer that he had been concerned Pence “wasn’t going full on with Trump’s strong views… and he was softening up.”
So instead of “challenging” Pence, he was actually just wanting to be reassured by Pence that he still had Trump’s back.
Luckily for him, Pence definitely does.