NBC correspondent lies in attempted hit track on Blake Masters

An NBC correspondent claimed to have “new” footage of Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Arizona Blake Masters – who had been viewed at least a thousand times online – speaking about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA ) and the “gender pay gap” among GOP forum candidates.

Appearing on MSNBC Daily MTP with Chuck Todd, reporter Vaughn Hillyard claimed the network got a “new video” on Masters talking about the ERA in February, adding, “this is the first time we’ve aired this, everyone hears this. ” Although the clip appears to be the first time MSNBC has aired it, it wasn’t the first time anyone had heard it.

The footage, which was presented as a damning bombshell by NBC, originated from a forum of Republican U.S. Senate candidates from Arizona moderated by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on February 5, 2022, and was later uploaded to YouTube two days later by the Center for Arizona Policy. channel. The video had already garnered over 1,000 views at the time of posting.

Masters responded to Hillyard’s report on Twitter saying, “MSNBC joins the group of media attacking me – except everyone knows I’m here and this clip makes me look good lol.

In a statement provided to Breitbart News regarding the media attacks on Masters, campaign manager Amalia Halikias said, “There’s a reason these reporters pull out all the stops and crumble over everything Blake Masters says: they know he’s smart, they know he’s serious. , and they know he’ll wipe the floor with [Sen. Mark] Kelly in November.

This is not the first time the words of the Masters have been twisted by the media this month, as the Arizona Mirror published an article headlined that the Republican candidate wanted to “allow states to ban the use of contraception.” This was in reference to the Masters campaign website stating that he would only vote for federal judges “who understand that deer and Griswold and Casey were wrongly decided and that there is no constitutional right to abortion. The website reference to Griswold concerns the United States Supreme Court case in 1965 Griswold v. Connecticutwho ruled that American couples could use contraceptives without government interference.

During an appearance on Tucker Carlson tonight On Wednesday, Masters said it was “so much fake news” that he wanted to ban contraceptives and later said that “obviously contraceptives should be legal.” Masters explained his reasoning for referencing Griswold was that he “laid the groundwork for the truly heinous decision in Deer. against Wade.” The reference to Griswold has since been removed from the campaign website.

In an April Trafalgar poll for the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, Masters sits in third place at 19.4%, behind businessman Jim Lamon at 24.8% and prosecutor Arizona General Mark Brnovich to 23.9%, while 20.6% of voters remain undecided. .

Although trailing, Masters is potentially in a well-adjusted position to win former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, as he is the only Republican in the primary race to have visited the former president’s residence. in Florida at Mar-a-Lago. Trump also recently phoned a Masters campaign event on April 30 to criticize Attorney General Mark Brnovich, whom the former president previously criticized for not doing enough to review fraudulent ballots in the presidential election. of 2020.

Masters is backed by billionaire and co-founder of PayPal Peter Thiel, who both co-wrote the book Zero to One: notes on startups or how to build the future. Thiel also backed Republican Senate candidate from Ohio, JD Vance, who like Masters was trailing at one point in the polls but then came from behind to win the nomination. Masters is also endorsed by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who also endorsed Vance.

Arizona’s U.S. Senate Republican primary is set to take place on August 2.

You can follow Ethan Letkeman on Twitter at @EthanLetkeman.


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