Over the week CNN’s Jake Tapper took some cheap shots at Florida GOP Congressman Brian Mast, questioning his “loyalty to democracy” after the disabled Congressman questioned the motive of some of the individuals involved with the Capital riots on the House floor. Mast is a Purple Heart recipient who lost his legs fighting for the U.S. Army , now has decided to speak out against this attack.
According to the Daily Wire, the Florida Congressman slammed the CNN host for his comments on his “commitment” to democracy on Twitter.
Congressman Mast tweeted “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.”
During an interview he did on Fox News, he responded to Tapper’s remarks saying “I’m going to say to Mr. Tapper the same thing that half of America is saying right now: Hold me to a high standard, don’t hold me to a double standard.”
When he was pressed by one of the co-hosts on Fox News morning show Fox & Friends about how he felt by what Tapper said, Mast said, “My commitment to democracy, to my country, is unwavering.” he went on and said “I love this place so much. It literally breaks my heart to see the divide that exists in it. I love our democracy.”
Later during that interview, Mast said he wanted to deliver this message on the House floor:
“The message was simple. You have 430 plus members of Congress, they’re responsible for making the highest laws in the land that pertain to all-Americans and they are about to vote one way or another on whether the president incited other people to do something and there wasn’t one of those members that could say they heard any questioning of the people that were said to be incited. Nobody was asked do you do this because of the president? Do you do it because of something he said a year ago or something Giuliani said on January 6th? Did you go there because of the president but violence was your own thing? Did he tell you to be peaceful? Nobody can say they spoke to one of those individuals and that has to be the most dangerous precedent for this body to set to say if you are an American out there this is how we are going to hold you accountable for inciting somebody else. We’re not going to bother to ask any questions at all, we’re just going to bother to ask any questions at all, we’re just going to jump to a conclusion and rush to judgment. That is totally un-American, wholly in opposition to the due process that every American is owed.”