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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 TapperCNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime Cheney slams Trump on 'big lie' over election Biden adviser on schools reopening in the fall: 'We can't look in a crystal ball' 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 BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike 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 McCarthyConservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  Kinzinger hits GOP on 'operation #coverupJan6' over Cheney ouster plot MORE (Calif) and House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseConservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney Hillicon Valley: Trump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules | Facebook board's Trump decision pleases no one | Republicans float support for antitrust reform Kinzinger hits GOP on 'operation #coverupJan6' over Cheney ouster plot 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 TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney 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 Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime CNN's Don Lemon blows up over Santorum remarks Santorum on comments about Native American culture: 'I misspoke' MORE questioned why CNN anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoHaaland: Santorum's Native American comments 'unfortunate' CNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime CNN's Don Lemon blows up over Santorum remarks 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.