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Martha McSally fundraises off ‘liberal hack’ remark to CNN reporter

A fundraising email for Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) capitalized on her exchange with a CNN reporter in the halls of the Senate on Thursday, urging her supporters to fight back against “liberal hacks.”

The message was sent after McSally was caught on-camera calling CNN’s Manu Raju a “liberal hack” and declining to comment on the upcoming Senate impeachment trial following the delivery of articles of impeachment by the House this week.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m not in the Senate to play politics, especially with liberal hacks who profit off of spin,” McSally wrote in the email.

“I’m in the Senate to fight for all Arizonans, not play games with the left-wing media,” she added.

She later announced her campaign was selling a shirt with “liberal hack” on it as well.
 

 
President Trump’s campaign also touted McSally’s response to the reporter in a tweet linking to a fundraising page for the senator, tweeting that “THIS is how you handle FAKE NEWS @CNN.”
 

 
Trump in particular is known for his attacks on CNN’s credibility, and for sparring with CNN’s White House correspondent, Jim Acosta.
 
McSally’s 2020 opponent, former astronaut Mark Kelly, had not commented on McSally’s remarks early Thursday afternoon but some Democrats used the incident to urge voters to support him.
 
 
“Unhappy with her response? Support @ShuttleCDRKelly!” tweeted Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who added a link to Kelly’s campaign website.
 

 

McSally appeared to stand by her remark to Raju in a tweet, retweeting the reporter’s account of the encounter with the comment “you are” and adding her own staffer’s video of the exchange.

McSally was appointed to the Senate in late 2018 to serve the remainder of the term started by late Sen. John McCain (R). She previously lost a race for the Senate seat currently held by Arizona’s other senator, Kyrsten Sinema (D).

Updated Friday, Jan. 17 at 5:43 p.m.

Tags Arizona CNN Donald Trump Eric Swalwell Jim Acosta John McCain Kyrsten Sinema Manu Raju Martha McSally Martha McSally United States Senate
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