A CONGRESSMAN who lost both his legs in Afghanistan has hit back at Jake Tapper after the CNN host questioned his commitment to democracy.
Tapper slammed pro-Trump lawmaker Brian Mast after he cast doubt on whether the President incited the Capitol Hill rioters during the impeachment debate in the House.
Mast gives members of the National Guard a tour of the Capitol[/caption]
Jake Tapper questioned the Florida Republican’s commitment to Democracy[/caption]
The CNN host made the comment during a panel discussion on Wednesday while the House of Representatives was voting to impeach President Donald Trump a second time.
While the House was debating impeaching Trump, Florida Representative Mast asked if, “any one of those individuals who brought violence on this Capitol [had] been brought here to answer whether they did that because of our president?”
Tapper was apparently not pleased with the question.
Mast later hit back at Tapper tweeting: “I lost two legs for @jaketapper‘s right to say whatever the hell he wants, but that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election.”
The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump on Wednesday on charges that he inciting insurrection by telling rally-goers in Washington DC to march to Congress and “fight like hell” on January 6.
Rep Brian Mast is a US Army veteran[/caption]
Tapper made the comments as the House debated impeaching Trump[/caption]
Mast served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the US Army. He lost his legs in 2010 as he was clearing explosives for Army Rangers in Afghanistan and a device exploded.
Since the House voted in favor of impeaching Trump, the decision will now go to the Senate.
The House debate did have some heated exchanges, such as Rep Jim Jordan of Ohio accusing Democrats of trying to “cancel” the president.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy admitted that Trump bears some “responsibility” for the Capitol riots, but insisted that impeaching the president now would be a “mistake” that would lead to “further polarization.”
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When it came down to the votes, 10 Republicans broke with their party and voted to impeach the president.
In a stark contrast, not a single House Republican voted to impeach Trump the first time the House voted on it in 2019.
Trump is now the first president in history to be impeached twice.