A Kansas lawmaker slammed Rachel Maddow as a “cheerleader” on her own show and told her that she should start practicing real journalism. Maddow and Republican lawmaker Tim Huelskamp pair spoke shortly after Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on the topic of Benghazi secrecy, with Maddow calling him out for anti-Obama tweets that she found offensive.
In one of the tweets, Huelskamp suggested that Obama was deliberately ignoring the Benghazi controversy. Maddow asked him if he had voted to cut State Department security at any point, but Huelskamp returned to the topic at hand.
“We do believe that this administration let our troops down and let this diplomat down. We need more answers there,” he said. “We need answers about a lot of things. This administration promised to be the most transparent in history, Rachel. And I think if you would stop being a cheerleader and be a journalist, you’d recognize we’re not getting those answers.”
Maddow quickly pounced on his response by asking if he just called her a cheerleader. “You’re a cheerleader for the administration,” he said. “You’re not being a journalist when you’re not willing to look at the facts! If it was Bush, you would be jumping and screaming. But because it’s Hilary Clinton, you don’t want the answers, Rachel. Face the facts! We don’t know the answers here.”
She and Huelskamp then embarked on an intense debate in which she suggested that his comments came “from another universe,” to which he responded that he was coming from “the universe of realty.”