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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 YohoOcasio-Cortez: 'No consequences' in GOP for violence, racism 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics Why AOC should be next to lead the DNC 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 CruzKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Shelby endorses Shalanda Young for OMB director should Biden pull Tanden's nomination MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawSix ways to visualize a divided America Texas lawmakers' tweets mocking California power outages resurface amid winter storm Will the post-Trump GOP party be coming anytime soon? MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdSunday shows - COVID-19 dominates as grim milestone approaches Former Texas GOP rep: Trump should hold very little or no role in Republican Party Former Rep. Will Hurd announces book deal MORE (R-Texas), Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanMurkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Trump backs former campaign adviser for Ohio Republican Party chair MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocratic fury with GOP explodes in House House Judiciary split on how to address domestic extremism Connolly to GOP: I won't be lectured by those who voted to overturn the election 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 CuomoChris CuomoKinzinger: GOP will 'be a minority party forever' if we keep supporting Trump Cruz blames criticism of Cancun trip on media 'Trump withdrawal' Media's gushing promotion of Gov. Cuomo looks pretty bad now 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 RubioRep. Stephanie Murphy says she's 'seriously considering' 2022 challenge to Rubio The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack 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 McConnellKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE (R-Ky.) to call the Senate back from the August recess that began this week.