“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd‘s interview Sunday with Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace didn’t impress many on social media – including former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien — as he failed to follow up when the politician said there was pressure on her party to impeach President Biden if the GOP takes control of the House this November.
“Good example for journalism students (and others!) to see how political journalists are failing you,” tweeted O’Brien of the syndicated news talk show “Matter of Fact.”
During Rep. Mace’s interview with Todd, she said that she believed there would be “pressure” on Congressional Republicans to pursue an impeachment of Biden if the GOP captures either or both chambers of Congress. “I think that’s what some folks are considering,” she said. “If that happens, I do believe it’s divisive.”
Todd did not ask Mace who was pushing for such an impeachment or on what charges a supposed impeachment of the president would come from. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has promised aggressive investigations if the Republicans take over the House, but has not made clear how far he would use his potential position as Speaker to advance former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
When Mace, who voted to certify the 2020 election results, did not provide a definitive answer as to whether she would vote to impeach Biden, Todd did not press her. “I will not vote for impeachment of any president if I feel that due process was stripped away, for anyone. I typically vote constitutionally, regardless of who is in power,” she said.
Todd’s handling of the interview got him scorn, not just from O’Brien but also from many Democrats on Twitter, with some even thinking that Mace should not have even been invited on after she said she voted against the Electoral Count Act this week because she believed the “Constitution worked on January 6.”
“At this point, Chuck Todd is explicitly endorsing January 6 denialism by continuing to invite Nancy Mace onto ‘Meet the Press’,” tweeted “Daily Show” writer Matt Negrin.