Backlash After CNN’s Jake Tapper Complains Republicans Won’t Go on CNN After El Paso Shooting

By Zachary Stieber

CNN host Jake Tapper received backlash after complaining that Republican officials wouldn’t go on his show following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend.

Tapper took to Twitter to air his complaint, writing that the show would feature four Democratic presidential candidates: former Obama administration Cabinet secretary Julian Castro; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

He then said that the White House had declined to have someone appear on his show, as well as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Tapper’s show later expanded to feature three additional Democratic presidential candidates, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, and El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, also a Republican.

Many of the Democrats who appeared on Tapper’s program attempted to tie President Donald Trump to at least one of the shootings despite the lack of a connection. The alleged Texas shooter explicitly wrote in his manifesto that Trump had nothing to do with his beliefs or actions.

Tapper received backlash for his complaints that Republicans wouldn’t appear on his program in light of CNN’s open bias against the GOP and conservative positions.

“Can’t imagine why nobody wants to go on the show of the gun control hack responsible for the Parkland town hall circus where the corrupt coward sheriff who did nothing was treated as a hero, and Dana Loesch [former National Rifle Association spokeswoman] was set up as the villain. Tapper is a clown,” wrote Sean Davis of the Federalist on Twitter.

Another person also noted what happened at the CNN town hall after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting: “Is anyone surprised Jake Tapper is turning up the demagoguery after he was rewarded for that [expletive]show of a town hall?”

Lyndsey Fifield of the Heritage Foundation replied to Tapper’s complaints about Republicans not appearing on the show: “Why would they after what you did after Parkland?”

“Jake Tapper was once a mid-tier ABC journalist who Zucker brought to CNN with the promise of becoming a star Since then Jake sold out and has fanned the flames of racial violence and hate to gin up ratings, from the streets of Ferguson to Baltimore and onwards,” added Jack Posobiec of One America News.

Another person noted that Tapper had on his show former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe—who was fired for lying—calling it “embarrassing.”

Others noted how Tapper recently had white nationalist Richard Spencer on his show recently, commenting on how Tapper asked O’Rourke during the program: “Do you think President Trump is a white nationalist?”

“Beto’s response is obviously disgusting too. He is also a losing Dem candidate on the verge of being forced from the race,” wrote Jeff Carlson, an Epoch Times contributor. “But to have Tapper tee up this question in the face of horrible tragedy…. Repulsive.”