Watch: MSNBC’s Tamron Hall Eviscerates Conservative Radio Host Over Todd Akin’s Refusal To Drop Out
If you want to evade questions and speak in vague platitudes, then it’s probably best not to agree to be interviewed by MSNBC’s Tamron Hall. On MSNBC’s News Nation, Hall peppered conservative radio jock Steve Deace with questions, among them whether or not Deace felt Senate candidate Todd Akin, who said that “legitimate” rape does not cause pregnancy, should step aside. Although Deace has been supportive of Akin, he tried to triangulate when asked whether Akin should drop out of the race, and that’s when Hall took him apart.
“Do you believe he should drop out?” Hall asked, continuing “I know you’re a social as well as a fiscal conservative here.”
“His comments and statements range from the bizarre to stupid,” Deace replied. “It’s a gaffe. There’s no best-case scenario, no way to defend that. The question is: Does that override a man’s entire career in the United States Congress?”
“Let me stop you,” Hall interrupted in order to press Deace further. “What is the answer? Does it override his ten years in Congress?”
“Ultimately the authority for that is with the people of Missouri,” Deace said. “And if they don’t think it does, I don’t think it does, but I don’t live in Missouri. That’s not my call. I don’t think it does.”
“You don’t live in a lot of places,” Hall snapped, “but that has not stopped you from giving your opinion. You’re not a Democrat. I’m going to push you again on this. You’re certainly conservative and you think this should be left to the people of Missouri. Your nominee says he should resign… some of the heavyweights in your party from Karl Rove on down say he should.”
“You’re telling me as a social conservative, you defer to the people in that state?” Hall asked. “You don’t have an opinion?”
Hall continued, “Do you believe or not that he should resign?”
“No, I don’t believe he should,” he said. “But I’m okay if the people of Missouri say we need another nominee. That’s their decision. Me, I don’t believe he should.”
“Why?” Hall pressed.
“Because I don’t believe what he’s done throughout the course of his career, that this particular gaffe overrides an entire ten-year career,” Deace responded.
Finally Hall got a straight answer out of Deace, but that took a lot of heavy lifting on her part.
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