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The Blaze's S.E. Cupp Fires Back at MSNBC Panel on Whether GOP Leaders Should Condemn Birthers in Congress

Bashir believes the GOP is "disrespecting" the president by questioning his birth certificate.

During a panel discussion lead by MSNBC's Martin Bashir on Tuesday, Blaze contributor S.E. Cupp addressed recent remarks made by Rep. Cliff Stearns, in which the congressman expressed sympathy with those who believe President Obama's birth certificate is a fraud.

Bashir posited that it is incumbent on Republican leaders like John Boehner and Eric Cantor to reign in members of their party who make what he believes are outlandish assertions about the president.

Cupp fired back, however, stating that it is not the job of the majority leader to apologize for what others may say or do, and that ultimately, it is up to voters to decide whether or not to reelect a "birther" to office.

But, keeping true to form, Bashir did not let up, arguing that lawmakers must be held to a higher standard.

Cupp, not skipping a beat, reminded Bashir and the rest of the panel that key Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (to name a few) have made heinous statements in the past and that none of them were ever condemned by active Democratic lawmakers.

Panelist Julian Epstein disagreed with Cupp's point, explaining that when the left called General David Petraeus “General Betray-Us” and other called for George W. Bush's impeachment, he himself stood against it. He maintained that a "large" number of Republicans, on the other hand, are fixated on Obama's birth certificate. Cupp corrected Epstein, clarifying that there have in fact only been a small number of Republican lawmakers who have embraced the issue to any degree.

Watch the lively and engaging panel below via MSNBC:

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