CNN anchors John Berman and Poppy Harlow called out Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) over inappropriate remarks he made about Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday — Lieu’s response was the definition of a train wreck.
During Sessions testimony this week in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Lieu was on his cell phone tweeting insults at the U.S. Attorney General, referring to him as a liar and comparing his appearance to a female actress who plays Sessions on "Saturday Night Live."
"To prejudge his testimony, I mean, your tweets about him being a liar were before he even appeared in front of you," Harlow began. "Why is that appropriate? Why prejudge him?"
"Because he lied to U.S. Senate," Lieu replied. "After he made his statements, evidence came out later that showed his statements under oath to the U.S. Senate were in fact false."
Both CNN anchors criticized his statements by questioning his maturity level — it was at that moment that Lieu responded in the worst possible manner.
Recapping the premise of Lieu's thoughts:
- A person's inappropriate actions are justified as long as other people are doing the same thing.
- People should fight bad with bad.
- People should stoop down to the level of their opponent.
- These are "values" worth passing on to children.
Below are the tweets that Lieu tweeted during Sessions testimony.