CNN's Kirsten Powers on Friday appeared to defend Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who was widely criticized this week after she referred to President Donald Trump as a "motherf***er" while vowing to impeach the president from the White House.
"I also just want to say about this kerfuffle over the use of a word we can't say on TV is, you know, this was said actually at a private party. Someone recorded it and it was not meant to be out in public," Powers said on Jake Tapper's show.
She later invoked Trump Trump (of course), claiming Trump used the "exact same word" at a campaign rally and "nobody really cared."
"This kerfuffle over the use of a word we can't say on TV...was said actually at a private party. Someone recorded it and it was not meant to be out in public," points out @KirstenPowers, adding that Trump has said the same thing at campaign rallies. https://t.co/j6o2PA2RV8 pic.twitter.com/3H5eDkXoMR
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 4, 2019
There's no doubt: Powers implied Tlaib's comments should not be receiving the coverage they are because Tlaib said them in a private environment and never intended they become public.
That may be a fair point, but as the Daily Wire's Ashe Show pointed out, Democrats have failed to apply that same standard to the last two Republican presidential nominees.
Wait, so now recording things at private events and making them public is wrong?
Man, Democrats got it good. https://t.co/5YmP7cS4B4
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) January 5, 2019
In 2012, Mitt Romney was raked over the coals for his "47 percent" remark, which was secretly recorded at a private fundraiser and then released by liberal journalist David Corn.
Then in 2016, controversy embroiled Trump's campaign with the release of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape. The leaked recording of a hot-mic conversation with Billy Bush in 2005 included Trump allegedly bragging about sexually assaulting women.
In both instances, remarks from both Romney and Trump were never meant to be made public, yet the public release of the recordings are remembered as significant events in each presidential campaign. To no surprise, zero Democrats — in either instance — defended Trump or Romney by arguing their comments were never meant for public consumption.