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CNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime

CNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime
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CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperClyburn says he's willing to compromise on qualified immunity in policing bill GOP divided over expected Cheney ouster GOP governor says Republican Party has to allow for differences MORE on Tuesday questioned why any Republicans who promote false election fraud theories should be given any airtime.

“If they’re willing to lie about Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE wanting to steal your hamburgers, and QAnon and the Big Lie about the election, what are they not willing to lie about?” Tapper said. “Why should I put any of them on TV?”

Tapper, who hosts the network's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" singled out GOP leaders such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' On The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (Calif) and House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseFreedom Caucus Republican says Cheney was 'canceled' Stefanik formally launches bid to replace Cheney in House GOP leadership GOP votes to dump Cheney from leadership MORE (La.). He told CNN's "New Day" morning program that Republican lawmakers have lied about the pandemic, leading to lower vaccination rates, and election fraud, which led to an incitement of violence.

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“The lie about the election on its own is anti-democracy, and it is sowing seeds of ignorance in the populous, and obviously has the potential to incite violence,” Tapper said. “But beyond that is, if you’re willing to lie about that, what are you not willing to lie about? And that’s where we are when it comes to the House Republican leadership, McCarthy and Scalise, and where we are with too many leaders of the Republican Party.”

Spokespeople for CNN did not immediately respond to questions by The Hill about whether the network agreed with Tapper’s position or would support his banning Republican leaders from the show. Tapper could not be reached for comment.

Last December, Tapper said he had a policy of never booking former President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE’s White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on his show or Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller.

“There are some people that are so mendacious, I just wouldn’t put them on air,” Tapper said at the time. “Kayleigh McEnany, I never booked her. Jason Miller from the Trump campaign, I would never book him. These are just people who tell lies the way that most people breathe. There was no value in that.”

On Monday, after slamming Rick Santorum for his recent remarks dismissing the influence of Native American culture, CNN host Don LemonDon Carlton LemonCNN's Lemon, Cuomo to host new podcast Officer who responded to Capitol mob urges leaders to recognize 'courage' of law enforcement CNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime MORE questioned why CNN anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoCNN's Lemon, Cuomo to host new podcast DOJ: Arizona recount could violate civil rights laws Haaland: Santorum's Native American comments 'unfortunate' MORE invited Santorum on his show to explain those remarks.

“I had him on because I wanted people to see what this is. There is no mystery for you guys,” Cuomo replied.

“People know what it is, Chris,” Lemon responded.