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CNN’s Jake Tapper Burns Mitch McConnell, Other Republicans For Refusing Interviews After Shootings

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CNN’s Jake Tapper Burns Mitch McConnell, Other Republicans For Refusing Interviews After Shootings

CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Sunday shamed a group of Republican lawmakers he said declined to appear on the CNN show to discuss two deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

“We should note that we invited the Republican governor, lieutenant governor and both Republican U.S. senators representing Texas to join us this morning. They all declined,” Tapper said on “State of the Union” before speaking with his guests on Sunday.

“The Republican governor of Ohio also declined. We also asked the White House to provide someone to discuss these shootings. That request too was declined,” he added.

Tapper said in a tweet that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also declined an invitation.

A spokesperson for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) did not immediately return The Hill’s request for comment.

Tapper spoke with various Democrats, including 2020 presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro, both from Texas, and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

The Democrats agree more needs to be done to pass gun legislation reform. Democrats also said President Trump’s rhetoric is stoking and empowering white supremacists.

Watch Jake Tapper’s remarks in the clip below:

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