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GOP Rep. calls tense exchange with MSNBC reporter ‘inappropriate’

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) got in a tense exchange with MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts Tuesday, repeatedly telling the host that his line of questioning was “inappropriate.”

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“Congresswoman, let me ask you though, when it comes to ObamaCare — do you hate ObamaCare more than you love your country?” Roberts asked.

“I’ve got to tell you, I think that comments like that that you are making are just incredibly inappropriate,” Blackburn responded. “What we have to realize is that the [continuing resolution]…”

“You don’t think it’s incredibly inappropriate to shut down our government and to take all of the hostages of Americans that you’ve taken?” Roberts interjected. “No, no it’s not inappropriate because you’ve taken the government hostage to a shutdown and all the American people, you’re now walking them to a cliff, the economy, and you’re going to push them over one by one based on the fact that you don’t like the ACA.”

“Listen to yourself,” Blackburn shot back. “Just listen to the way you’re sounding. My goodness. We didn’t want a government shutdown. We don’t want a government default.”

Roberts then accused Blackburn of plotting a government shutdown with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

“What you are doing is so inappropriate,” Blackburn responded.

The exchange was cut short when MSNBC cut to a press conference by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).