Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel slammed NBC News’ Chuck Todd and called him a Democratic activist after the “Meet the Press” host asked him if President Trump is “afraid” of upsetting Vladimir Putin because of Russia’s electoral interference in 2016.
“You think the president is afraid of driving Putin crazy, why did Putin help him win the election? And doesn’t he want to drive him crazy by 2020?” On Sunday, Todd asked former National Security Advisor John Bolton.
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Special Advisor Robert Mueller has ended his investigation of Russia for years to determine whether or not Trump’s campaign was colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 elections without finding evidence last year. Many of Todd’s colleagues, such as Rachel Maddow, had spent years pushing the theory.
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Todd was banged on social media for insinuating that Putin helped Trump and wants him to do it again in November.
“Completely shameful from NBC’s Chuck Todd,” wrote GOP’s rapid response director Steve Guest.
“This is not journalism, this is Democratic Party activism,” McDaniel caption a clip of the question.
Sunday’s question was not the first time that Todd was accused of anti-Republican bias. Earlier this year, he offered his apologies live after addressing criticism for what has been described as a deceptively edited clip by Attorney General William Barr on his defense of the Justice Department’s push to drop the case. against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
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Last year, Todd was also indicted for saying that Republicans have “an incentive structure to pronounce misinformation” related to Russia in an interview with Rolling Stone that angered critics on both sides of the nave.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.