CNN's Chris Cuomo calls out GOP's “silence” over Republican candidate assaulting a journalist

Cuomo: “Where is the GOP? Where is the Montana state Republican Party? Where is the president?”

From the May 25 edition of CNN's New Day:

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CHRIS CUOMO (CO-HOST): Mr. Cillizza, let's talk about our brother journo getting body-slammed by a hot head in Montana. You know what I hear? Silence. Where is the GOP? Where is the Montana state Republican Party? Where is the president, who made robocalls for this guy and let his son take a picture with him? Why are they letting this guy stay in as a candidate? The assault is clear.

CHRIS CILLIZZA: Yeah. He has been charged with a misdemeanor assault. This isn't sort of just he said versus he said at this point. I don't know, Chris. Look, at some level this happened around 7:30, 8:00 p.m. Eastern time last night. But, all three newspapers in the state that endorsed Gianforte have rescinded those endorsements. I emailed, I think everybody did, the National Republican Congressional Committee last night, the arm of the party that runs these campaigns. Said are you guys saying anything? They referred to Gianforte's statement. Gianforte's statement is a classic making things worse, not better. There's audio. There are witnesses, who have no sort of vested interest either way, that directly contradict that statement. I don't know what they do. Look, here is what I'll tell you, Chris. If this was a week ago, my guess would be they would probably come under huge pressure to walk away from Gianforte and say he is our nominee, but we can’t condone this. It's Election Day today.

CUOMO: Oh please, Chris, I hope that's not true.

CILLIZZA: I don't know.

CUOMO: I hope the idea of compromising their ability to get a seat makes them forget what it is to be a human being. The guy assaulted somebody. He's got to go. He's got to go.


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