Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto grilled Katrina Pierson over the targeting of Republican Sen. Dean Heller from Nevada by America First Policies, a pro-Trump group.
"This is the one thing that particularly Republican primary voters care most about...," Pierson explained Monday on the topic of the Senate health care bill.
“Wait a minute Katrina," Cavuto interrupted, "He’s looking at something that isn’t markedly different than the one it replaces. He's just saying I think we can do better, right?"
"And we probably can do better," she responded, "but here's the thing..."
“You’re already threatening the guy," he exclaimed, "saying ‘if you go ahead with this we’re gonna primary your ass.'”
"Obamacare is gone, one way or the other," she retorted, "Republicans did not have a plan to put up at the very beginning, there is a plan now. This is a vote to move the process forward, this is not the actual plan that’s going to be in place, they're making revisions as we speak."
Pierson explained that the bill was a "process decision" in order to get to a final bill.
“All right," Cavuto continued, "but how can you do that under the threat of ‘we’re gonna primary you if you don’t go along with what we say’? That sounds like a bad Tony Soprano episode.”
“Well actually, it’s just an accountability issue,” Pierson offered.
“You won’t have accountability for all these others and you don’t,” he said, “You have accountability for him because he’s the most vulnerable. That’s not fair, that’s not right, and you know it.” Cavuto rattled off a list of five other senators who said they wouldn't support the bill as it currently stands.
"It looks like you're picking and choosing who you wanna screw here, and it looks like this guy is fair game!" Cavuto concluded. "And you either go along with us, or we're going to primary you out, even if it means risking losing the Senate in the process. You oughta look at cutting off your nose to spite your face."
The Congressional Budget Office released its report on the Senate health care bill, which said that as many as 22 million Americans would end up without health care insurance under that legislation.