Simon Rosenberg, the president of the Democratic group NDN, removed his microphone while still on the air during a contentious Fox News interview on Wednesday, declaring he was “never coming back on this show ever again.”
The drama occurred live during Fox’s “Happening Now,” when Rosenberg and co-host Melissa Francis got into a heated exchange over tax reform and what could be added to the Republicans’ legislation to attract Democrats.
Via Western Journal:
As BizPac Review noted, the argument began almost immediately after Francis asked her first question.
See Rosenberg’s remarks at 5:22 in the video below:
“What is one thing that you think you can change about this (tax) bill that would make it more palatable to Democrats?” Francis asked.
“I don’t think that’s the issue Melissa,” Rosenberg answered defensively.
Instead of answering Francis’ question, Rosenberg wanted to talk about tax cuts to the rich.
“I don’t think the Democrats are going to support a bill that dramatically cuts taxes for very wealthy people, drives up the deficit … we’re never going to support that framework.” Rosenberg said.
Francis, wanting a straightforward answer, asked, “Is that the estate tax?”
However, Rosenberg cut Francis off and proceeded to scold her.
“It’s insulting you say that as if I don’t actually understand what I’m saying and can do my own analysis of the economy,” Rosenberg said.
Francis fired back, calling Rosenberg’s statement a “speech” and implying Rosenberg was not a “real Democrat.”
Both Francis and Rosenberg continued to argue during the remainder of the five-and-a-half minute segment. Rosenberg never answered any questions.
Viewers of the show were impressed by Francis’ professionalism and cheered her on as Rosenberg became increasingly unprofessional.
@MelissaFrancis FoxNews, very smart and couldn’t be nicer, was just told, by a Democrat Pundit, after being cornered with facts on Taxes, He would never come on the show again. Ripped off his earpiece, walked out.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) November 8, 2017
In the end, Francis joked, “You know, Simon, you and I are going to have to get a drink sometime. We can’t show up and fight like this all the time.”
However, Rosenberg told Francis that her offer was essentially irrelevant.
“Melissa, don’t worry I’m never coming back on this show ever again so it doesn’t matter,” he said as he ripped out his earpiece.
Francis appeared unfazed, as her and Avella laughed at Rosenberg’s statement while the segment came to a close.
H/T Western Journal
Rosenberg founded the centrist New Democrat Network in 1996. It has since rebranded itself as the NDN. Rosenberg previously worked on former President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, and for the Democratic National Committee in the early years of Clinton’s presidency, according to The Hill.
The debate comes on the same day Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Republican losses in Tuesday night’s gubernatorial elections put “more pressure on making sure we follow through” on the GOP drive to overhaul the tax code.