JAKE Tapper slammed a pro-Trump Congressman who lost his legs while serving in Afghanistan, questioning the veteran’s “commitment to democracy” in the US.
CNN’s Tapper made the comment during a panel discussion on Wednesday while the House of Representatives was voting to impeach President Donald Trump a second time.
Jake Tapper questioned the Florida Republican’s commitment to DemocracyCredit: Getty Images
Rep Brian Mast is a US Army veteranCredit: Alamy Live News
While the House was debating impeaching Trump, Florida Representative Brian Mast asked if, “any one of those individuals who brought violence on this Capitol [had] been brought here to answer whether they did that because of our president?”
Tapper was apparently not pleased with the question.
Speaking about Mast, Tapper said, “he lost his legs, by the way, fighting for democracy abroad. Although, I don’t know about his commitment to it here in the United States.”
The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump on Wednesday on charges that he inciting insurrection by telling rally-goers in Washington DC to march to Congress and “fight like hell” on January 6.
Tapper made the comments as the House debated impeaching TrumpCredit: CNN
Mast gives members of the National Guard a tour of the CapitolCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The president’s supporters stormed the Capitol and delayed Congress as they worked the certify Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election.
Mast served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the US Army. He lost his legs in 2010 as he was clearing explosives for Army Rangers in Afghanistan and a device exploded.
After Tapper’s comments, Mast retweeted a post slamming the CNN anchor for questioning his dedication to protecting democracy.
Since the House voted in favor of impeaching Trump, the decision will now go to the Senate.
The House debate did have some heated exchanges, such as Rep Jim Jordan of Ohio accusing Democrats of trying to “cancel” the president.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy admitted that Trump bears some “responsibility” for the Capitol riots, but insisted that impeaching the president now would be a “mistake” that would lead to “further polarization.”
When it came down to the votes, 10 Republicans broke with their party and voted to impeach the president.
In a stark contrast, not a single House Republican voted to impeach Trump the first time the House voted on it in 2019.
Trump is now the first president in history to be impeached twice.
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