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Former Clinton advisor angrily walks out of Fox News debate over Trump tax plan
Fox News host Melissa Francis angered former Clinton advisor Simon Rosenberg so much during a debate about President Trump's tax plan that he vowed never to return to her show before stripping off his microphone. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

Former Clinton advisor angrily walks out of Fox News debate over Trump tax plan

A heated debate between a Fox News host and a former Clinton advisor ended up with the latter saying he would never appear on the show again.

Here's the video of the fiery debate:

Simon Rosenberg objected to host Melissa Francis framing her question to ask what Democrats could change in the Trump tax plan to make it more palatable to them.

"I don't think that's the issue, Melissa," he said before being interrupted immediately by Francis. "We're not gonna do talking points!" she exclaimed.

"It's not talking points," he responded, "I actually understand what they're proposing and I don't think Democrats are going to support a bill that dramatically cuts taxes for very wealthy people, drives up the deficit..."

"Well you're doing talking points," Francis interrupted again.

"No I'm not doing talking points," she said, "it's insulting that you say that to me as if I don't actually understand what I'm saying and can do my own analysis about the economy."

"But you're not answering the question," she protested.

"No I am answering the question," he said, "which is Democrats are not going to support tax reform that dramatically cuts taxes on people that don't need tax cuts, and prevents middle class people from sharing in the benefits of these tax cuts, while driving up the deficit."

Rosenberg and Francis then grappled over whether Trump's plan would cut taxes for the middle class over the long term, with Francis arguing on the basis of a dynamic understanding of tax cuts. "Good for you, Melissa," Rosenberg responded.

At the end of the segment, Francis tried to give Rosenberg a peace offering saying they should get a drink sometime. "Melissa, don't worry, I'm never coming back on this show again, so it doesn't matter," he responded, and stripped off his microphone.

Is this the first time Rosenberg has done this?

No. Rosenberg now has a pattern of walking off Fox News debates when he feels he's being treated rudely. In 2011 he angrily told conservative Ben Ferguson to "shut up," before taking off his microphone and abandoning the debate. 

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