Heated battle when CNN commentator allowed to push debunked background check myth


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Cenk Uygur, a radically far-left political commentator and conspiracy theorist who’s repeatedly denied that the Armenian Genocide occurred during World War I, was given the opportunity to spread conspiracy theories about President Donald Trump on CNN Wednesday.

Note that CNN allowed Uygur on air even after a video emerged earlier this week showing the far-left conspiracy theorist’s nephew saying that the United States “deserved 9/11,” i.e., the terrorist attack that killed 2,977 Americans and left 3,051 children without a parent.

During the appearance Wednesday evening – specifically on “Cuomo Prime Time,” – Uygur hassled the president’s 2020 campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany about a since-debunked report that the president is backing off pursuing universal background checks.


Source: CNN


Kayleigh, I got to ask you, which president’s position?” the far-left conspiracy theorist rhetorically asked McEnany after she said that she supports the president’s position on background checks. “Because right after the shooting he said he was for federal background checks and he said that he was absolutely clear about it.”

Then he meets with [NRA CEO] Wayne LaPierre and then he comes out and, he’s not bright enough to cover up his corruption, and he says ‘I’m not for it.’ He took the $30 million from the NRA, he’s corrupt, that’s why he did it.”


Uygur’s latest conspiracy was based on a since-debunked report from The Atlantic. Citing anonymous sources, the left-wing outlet claimed Tuesday that the president had assured National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre that he wouldn’t be pursuing any sort of background check legislation. Later that evening, Fox News obtained confirmation that the report was bogus.

The president offered further proof the following day, telling reporters, “I have an appetite for background checks. We’re going to be doing background checks.”

And when asked specifically about his alleged reassurance to LaPierre, he denied it, saying, “No, I didn’t say anything about that.”



But instead of fact-checking Uygur’s false claim, left-wing host Chris Cuomo let it slide.

“We know he’s waffling,” he said of Trump’s alleged inability to decide on whether or not to pursue background checks. “Let’s clear it up. Give Kayleigh a chance to clear it up. Let’s get the position.”

“He said he wants meaningful background checks. We’re talking with Congress,” McEnany said.

Fact-check: TRUE.

White House officials confirmed Wednesday that the president “will unveil a series of proposals — including suggested changes to background checks — in the coming weeks,” according to Politico.

However, the president has also made it clear that mental health matters as well.

“Well, what we’re doing is I want guns to be in the hands of people that are mentally stable,” he said earlier that afternoon to reporters. “And those people, I want them to easily be able to get a gun. But people that are insane, people that are sick up here, I don’t want them to be able to get a gun. … If a person is sick, if a person is mentally ill, if a person has done things in their past that are a horror.”

McEnany reiterated this call on CNN.

“[Y]ou are doing a disservice to everyone in this country by not focusing on the real problem here, which is mental illness and red flag laws,” she said. “We could have kept a gun out of the hand of the Parkland shooter if we seized a weapon from a mentally ill individual. Red flag laws work.”

Both Uygur and Cuomo, the latter of whom purports to be a journalist though his actions suggest otherwise, began shaking their head in disagreement as she was speaking.

“Mental illness is not the root of our gun violence, and you know it,” Cuomo opined.

The president has opinions too:

“He’s not going to do it, right?” Uygur added. “He said he would do federal background checks. He’s not going to do it, right, Kayleigh?”

It’s not clear whether he’d simply zoned out when she’d been speaking earlier, or whether he’d purposefully chosen to ignore every single word that she’d uttered.

“He said meaningful background checks,” she repeated for the second time. “We already have a criminal background check system in this country. … And which shooting would have been stopped by the loopholes you’re citing?”

Her point appeared to be that the type of all-encompassing “universal background checks” sought by the likes of Uygur and Cuomo wouldn’t be as effective as the more focused sorts of changes that the president is seeking to implement.

Uygur responded by trotting out another conspiracy theory.

“We cannot get [universal background checks] in a so-called democracy because of corruption!” he yelled. “Donald Trump got $30 million from the NRA and he serves the NRA and he was stupid enough to admit it. ‘They were very strong backers of mine.’ That’s called the swamp. He’s corrupt!”

“That’s ridiculous, that’s a disgusting accusation,” McEnany replied.

It’s also a conspiracy theory, but apparently, conspiracy theories are all the rage at CNN.


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