MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts tried Tuesday to back Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn into a rhetorical corner by asking her an inflammatory and partisan question.
“Let me ask you, when it comes to Obamacare, do you hate Obamacare more than you love your country?” Roberts asked the Tennessee representative.
Roberts’ remarks were made in reference to the latest proposal from the House of Representatives to delay the Obamacare medical device tax by two years, despite the president stating he would not negotiate over his health care law.
“I’ve got to tell you something. I think that comments like that, that you are making, are just incredibly inappropriate,” Blackburn shot back.
Roberts came back with some sharp words for the congresswoman.
“You don’t think it’s incredibly inappropriate to shut down our government and take all the hostages of Americans that you’ve taken?” Roberts asked. “No, it’s not inappropriate because you took the government hostage through the shutdown and all the American people, you’re now walking them to a cliff, the economy, and you’re going to push them over one by one based on the fact that you don’t like the ACA.”
“That’s all it is. You don’t like the Affordable Care Act,” he added.
“Listen to yourself!” Blackburn said. “Just listen to the way you’re sounding. My goodness! We didn’t want a government shutdown. We don’t want a government default.”
Citing recent praise Blackburn had for Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Roberts accused Blackburn and the GOP of planning the shutdown since August.
“Not at all,” she said. “What you are doing is so inappropriate. We didn’t want a shutdown. What we want to do is solve problems.”
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