Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally on Monday refused to apologize for calling a CNN correspondent a “liberal hack” despite being pressured by the network.
The now-viral exchange between McSally and CNN reporter Manu Raju outraged Democrats and liberal media correspondents, but McSally, a retired Air Force officer and combat veteran, is refusing to back down.
“You know, these CNN reporters, many of them around the capital, they are so biased,” McSally — appointed to fill the late Sen. John McCain’s seat — told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Monday.
“They are so in cahoots with the Democrats, they so can’t stand the president, and they run around trying to chase Republicans and ask trapping questions,” she continued.
“I’m a fighter pilot. I called it like it is. That is what we see out of the mainstream media and especially CNN every single day, so obviously, I’m going to tell the truth, and I did it today, and it’s laughable how they responded.”
McSally flew the venerable A-10 Warthog, a close ground-supporter fighter bomber, in Iraq.
After being shown clips of CNN hosts criticizing her and imploring her to apologize, McSally fired back, “They have a lot of apologizing to do, and they should probably be filing FEC reports with the DNC.”