Saturday, July 11, 2020

Female Republican Rising Star Shows Reporter Who’s Boss

GOP impeachment hero Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) made a name for herself during the public spectacle otherwise known as the impeachment inquiry and President Trump’s subsequent trial.

The young congresswoman vigorously defended the president and assertively questioned the Democrats’ tactics and witness list, becoming such a useful surrogate that Never Trumper George Conway called her “lying trash.” (Western Journal)

Much to the displeasure of the strangely married Mr. Conway, Stefanik’s profile has continued to rise. She also remains combative, something that NBC News correspondent Heidi Przybyla discovered last week.

Stefanik was part of a media “gaggle” about impeachment issues with Republican Reps. Lee Zeldin of New York and Mike Johnson of Louisiana. Gaggles, for the unfamiliar, are supposed to work thusly: A reporter asks a question of a group of public officials in an informal situation. One or several of the individuals give their answers. The reporter then asks a follow-up question or moves on to a different line of thinking.

Przybyla, instead, was determined to prove why Republicans often avoid the press. The question she asked was ostensibly about the Ukraine scandal — in particular, whether corruption was the real motivating factor behind the investigations that President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to explore.

It was less a question than a chance to editorialize, and Stefanik wasn’t having any of it. 

AAN Staff
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