CNN slams GOP for not appearing on network after mass shootings, conservatives fire back

CNN hosts and anchors on Monday called out GOP lawmakers for declining to appear on the network in the wake of two mass shootings that rocked the nation over the weekend, leading to a number of conservative commentators arguing that Republicans would not appear on the network because they would not get a fair shake.

The cable news network pointed to nearly 50 Republicans who declined interview requests following the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left more than 30 people dead and dozens of others injured.

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“I want to give credit where credit is due here,” anchor Jim Sciutto said Monday morning. “This broadcast, we reached out to 50 Republican lawmakers to speak about this issue today. Forty-nine of them said no. [Rep.] Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoThe Hill's Morning Report — Impeachment face-off; Dems go after Buttigieg in debate The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - An unusual day: Impeachment plus a trade deal GOP's Yoho announces retirement from Congress MORE [R-Fla.], a member of the House Freedom Caucus, he said yes.”

GOP lawmakers representing areas near the shootings, including Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSeven things to know about the Trump trial All the frontrunners could survive initial Iowa test Republicans face internal brawl over impeachment witnesses MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawO'Rourke says he'll focus on flipping Texas state House in 2020 House GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues Saagar Enjeti: Crenshaw's conservatism will doom future of GOP MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHouse Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Hurd says Democrats, media are being manipulated by Iran Bottom Line MORE (R-Texas), Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico Republicans brush off Trump's call for impeachment dismissal GOP leadership: There aren't 51 votes to dismiss Trump articles of impeachment MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump's legal team gets set for impeachment trial Five lingering questions as impeachment heads to Senate Graham: Not 'wise' for House Republicans to serve on Trump trial team MORE (R-Ohio), all reportedly declined to appear.

CNN also announced on Monday afternoon it will host a town hall event moderated by anchor Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoTucker Carlson delivers program's largest audience during Iranian missile strike coverage Judge Judy dismisses Biden: 'Do you see greatness?' CNN's Cuomo promotes 'Dirty Donald' hashtag, hits GOP for 'loyalty oath' to Trump MORE called "America Under Assault" on Wednesday evening. 

Commentators and reporters from conservative brands fired back at the network on social media, with many referring to a CNN town hall event that was held just days after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in January 2018. A number of conservative critics argued that event was unfair to Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioApple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Surging Sanders draws fresh scrutiny ahead of debate MORE (R-Fla.) and then-NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.  

Since the shootings over the weekend, Democrats have renewed the call for House-passed gun control legislation to be picked up and voted on in the Senate, even going so far as to ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Trump says impeachment trial should move 'very quickly' MORE (R-Ky.) to call the Senate back from the August recess that began this week.