It's pretty pathetic when one of the most conservative Representatives in the House slams a reporter from Breitbart News, but that actually happened.
The monthly panel "Conversations with Conservatives" turned from a pleasant pizza party discussion between lawmakers and the press into an awkward standoff Tuesday when Rep. Raul R. Labrador (R-Idaho) refused to answer a question from a Breitbart reporter.
The reporter, Julia Hahn, asked the panel of lawmakers for a show of hands as to who would support a suspension of Muslim immigration into the United States. But before any lawmakers raised their hands, Labrador stepped in.
"I don't answer questions from you, because you are not a truthful reporter," he said. "And I will not answer any of your questions."
When Hahn asked if Labrador could point out what reporting he took issue with, the Idaho Republican responded, "We have tried. And you guys won't change your reporting, so ..."
When Hahn sought further clarification, the moderator of the discussion, Rob Bluey of The Daily Signal, said they could take it outside. Hahn tried once more to get her question answered, but Labrador was emphatic.
"I'm not talking to you," he said.
The cause of the dustup was apparently a story from Monday wherein Hahn went after House Freedom Caucus chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for getting no commitment from Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) that Congress would curb the immigration of Muslim refugees.
"He wasn't even asked a question about the refugee program in that story," Labrador told The Huffington Post after the event.
Julia Hahn used to work for David Brat, and was snapped up by Breitbart after Brat was elected, so she's hardly a liberal squish, but evidently she has found herself on the wrong side of Raul Labrador.
I so enjoy it when they chew on their own.