Republican Claudia Tenney, who represents New York’s rural 22nd Congressional District in the US House of Representatives, seems to have a pretty casual relationship with the truth. We here at Deep State have written about her before, when she was caught on CNN talking about the indictments of 13 Russian individuals and entities connected to the ongoing Russia probe, and she accidentally admitted she had no business even opening her mouth about them since she hadn’t even read the charging documents.
But then Rep. Tenney got a little more friendly with the falsehoods when she appeared on a radio program on February 21 and made a pretty wild claim about the political leanings of “many” mass shooters:
“It’s interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats, but the media doesn’t talk about that either.”
That’s ridiculous to the point of offensiveness, but Rep. Tenney was rightly skewered by the media and even fact-checking website PolitiFact, which rated her claim “Pants On Fire,” the least truthful ranking a statement can get.
For a minute there, Rep. Tenney even seemed to walk back her claims later that day, when her office sent out a statement of clarification:
“While we know the perpetrators of these atrocities have a wide variety of political views, my comments are in response to a question about the failure to prosecute illegal gun crime. I will continue to stand up for law-abiding citizens who are smeared by anti-gun liberal elitists.”
NOW it appears that she’s even walking that back. On Monday, Tenney had an impromptu interview with a reporter who asked her about the comments from last month, and while she didn’t necessarily reiterate them, she was decidedly less eager to let go of them than she had been the day she was torn apart by the media and her colleagues in the House.
“[T]he abhorrent behavior of the media in promoting — and the rhetoric coming from the Democrats who started this, who exploit the terrible tragedies that are occurring in our communities. They exploit these things the minute they come out … They attack legal gun owners, they attack legal citizens, and we are defending people who have the right to bear arms. We’re defending people who don’t need to be attacked every single day, relentlessly, viciously smeared.”
Then the reporter asked her why she had falsely claimed that Democrats were responsible for most mass shootings — a statement that is in the historical record — and she abruptly ended the interview, calling it “ridiculous”:
“It’s fake news. I answered your question every which way! It is FAKE NEWS!”
Then the brave, gun-toting Republican Congresswoman ran away.
All in all, I’d say it was a pretty successful interview (of a crazy person). Watch:
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