CBS Lobbs Softballs to DNC Chair Over Dem Political Stunt

June 23rd, 2016 3:12 PM

In typical liberal fashion, the hosts of CBS This Morning provided a friendly forum to the Democratic National Committee Chair and and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, while covering the House Democrats and their protest over gun control legislation. In a fashion that made it appear as if the hosts supported the Democrats’ childish behavior, co-host Gayle King took on a more conversational and supportive tone with the Congresswoman, instead of doing her due diligence as a journalist.

CHARLIE ROSE: So help us understand what the strategy is- how long would you be there? What's the strategy? How would you measure what you can accomplish?

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Well, we are going to hold the floor of the House of Representatives. We are in our 19th hour. Until we can get the majority to do their job and give us a vote. 

GAYLE KING: So Congress has adjourned -- 

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: A cowardly act that they have not allowed a vote. 

GAYLE KING: But Congresswoman, hasn't congress adjourned? Hasn't the Speaker adjourned Congress and said you can go home until after the July 4th holiday? 

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: He has, but that doesn't mean we can't continue and we will continue to shine a spotlight on this issue. The fact that the Republicans in the majority will not allow a vote on bills that would simply say if you are suspected of terrorism, if you are on the terrorist watch list, if are you on the no-fly list in this country, then you should not be able to buy a gun. And look -- they don't have to vote for the bill. They have to put the bill on the floor and own up to where they are and stare their constituents in the eye and say yay or nay. That's what we're elected to do. They're running and hiding because of the NRA. 

GAYLE KING: Congresswoman, I heard Joe Manchin yesterday say listen stop playing 
partisan, stop being Democrats, stop being Republican, just be Americans. Do you think you've moved the needle at all? "The New York Times" is calling if a spectacle. Paul Ryan is calling it a publicity stunt. Do you think you've moved the needle at all with this tactic? 

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: We absolutely have Gayle. We have more than 70% of Americans that agree with us that we should make sure that people on a terrorist who are on a terror watch list or on the no-fly list or should not have a gun should not be able to get one. That we should have universal background checks and close all the loopholes so if you shouldn't be able to get a gun that you can't get one. And the Republicans refuse to allow votes on those in critical pieces of legislation. Look, they vote however they want. They need to do their jobs and face the music and stop cowering in the corner because of their fear of the NRA and their retribution. 

The Democrats ended their twenty-five hour long sit-in around 1:00pm on June 23rd after the Republican majority refused to take a vote on the measure.