CNN’s Don Lemon interviewed DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fl.) Saturday night, promising a no-nonsense discussion free of talking points.
The interview began with a debate over whether Schultz was lying or, as she claims, misquoted in her assertion that Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said Republican policies harm Israel. Though Lemon seemingly did his best to note that it is hard to claim you are misquoted when you are on tape, Schultz largely talks over Lemon for several minutes.
However, the interview becomes more interesting about five minutes in, as Lemon challenges the notion that all references to God and Jerusalem as the capital of Israel were left out of the 2012 Democratic platform on accident.
“No one looks at that and goes, ‘Oh, wait a minute…’? Come on, Congresswoman,” Lemon asserted, adding: “Don’t you think people appreciate candor more than anything?”
Schultz replied with an admonishing tone:
“Yes, and I don’t appreciate you suggesting that I’m being anything less than candid. I am a proud pro-Israel, Jewish woman– the first Jewish woman to represent my state in Congress. I have a strong pro-Israel record, and the President of the United States Barack Obama is someone that I proudly support because he has a stellar record on Israel. He has consistently stood by Israel, and our platform reflects his personal view on Jerusalem, and there is nothing less than candor [that I am] conveying to you tonight.”
Watch more of the interview, via Mediaite, below:
Lemon briefly lost his bravado after Schultz’s long-winded retort, and actually asked the woman to forgive him.
He said: “I apologize, and I didn’t not mean that as a personal attack, and you’re right on to come back at me and say that, so thank you…”
When Schultz responded with a joke, saying that “directness” is not her “problem,” and that she has “never been accused of being anything less than candid,” Lemon noted that many on the right claim Schultz will say anything, regardless of whether it is based in reality.
She responded: “You’re right. There are right-wing Republicans that spend a lot of time trying to suggest that.”
CNN’s Anderson Cooper said Schultz was living in an “alternate universe” last week.
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