WATCH: Out of Control Congressman Badgers and Interrupts Planned Parenthood Head 19 Times in 5 Minutes
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards appeared in Washington for a congressional hearing on Tuesday. She was set to defend Planned Parenthood and their budget.
When Richards tried to defend her organization, she was badgered by petty Republicans using a wide variety of conservative tropes.
One Republican, Roy Cohn (R-Ohio), interrupted Richards 19 times in 5 minutes.
Raw Story reports:
“Ms. Richards, if the videos were selectively edited, heavily edited, if this was entrapment, if this was all untrue, why’d you apologize?” Jordan began.
Five seconds into Richards’ explanation, Jordan made the first of 19 interruptions he would make over the next five minutes, continually raising his voice and talking over the healthcare executive.
“That she, in my judgment, had a clinical discussion …” Richards said, before being interrupted by Jordan.
“Which statements were you apologizing for?” Jordan asked.
“It was really the situation she was in,” Richards said.
“That raises an important question — so is what you said in your video untrue? You weren’t really apologizing for the statements made? You can’t say, ‘I’m apologizing for statements in one video,’ and then not tell us what those statements were,” Jordan said.
Richards repeatedly explained that she meant that Nucatola’s comments were “inappropriate in a clinical setting,” with congressman badgering her in an ugly way, demanding she recall comments made by Nucatola that were not true — a claim Richards has never made.
Watch the video below uploaded to YouTube by Rep. Jim Jordan.
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