CNN, Dems Try Fake News Smear on GOP Senate Nominee John James, but Then the Tables Are Turned

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2018 file photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James makes a campaign call at his headquarters in Livonia, Mich. Detroit-area businessman and Iraq War veteran John James has won the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall. James, a political newcomer endorsed by President Donald Trump, defeated Sandy Pensler in Tuesday's primary. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

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Try as they might, Democrats cannot make Republican John James go away.

In 2018, James gave Michigan’s senior Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow a run for her money in a closely-watched Senate race but unfortunately fell short.

But James, a West Point grad and U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, is not someone who gives up easily. He’s back this year taking on Michigan’s junior Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, and polls show this race is surprisingly competitive down the home stretch.

With that in mind and along with the fact that James has a big fundraising advantage over Peters, it wasn’t a shocker to see Democrats and the media trying to smear James over the weekend by sharing a highly misleading video clip from a recent interview.

It started after Michigan Democrats comms person Elena Kuhn posted a 46-second clip of James beginning to answer a question from a local reporter who asked him about healthcare protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Note that the video cuts off just a few seconds after he begins to answer:

The deceptively edited video caught the attention of CNN White House correspondent John Harwood, who RT’d the video uncritically and without noting James’s full answer was chopped off:

In reality, James actually did answer the question, contra to what Kuhn (and Harwood, most likely) wanted people to think, as the longer clip of his response shows:

Kuhn and Harwood both were blasted by the NRSC for sharing the deceptively edited video:

And say, doesn’t this violate Twitter’s rules on passing off manipulated video clips as the real deal? Why yes. Yes, it does:

Beyond that, I want you to imagine here what the situation would have been like had Republicans cut off an answer from a black Democratic candidate for office. Harwood and others in the media would likely share it, but instead of putting “revealing” in the tweets, we’d see allegations of racism, etc. CNN’s Daniel Dale would immediately run to “fact check” the tweet, and we’d be having a national conversation about it for days on end.

As usual, the standards in both the mainstream media and social media are always different for the left.

Fortunately, James is not the kind of Republican who sits back and takes it when attacked by the left. As my RS colleague Jeff Charles reported Sunday, James tore into Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Friday after he attacked him for supporting Trump.

And after the edited clip from the interview was shared, James RT’d a tweet from former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley noting what they did.

What does Kuhn sharing the cut-off clip and Harwood amplifying it say about the state of this Senate race? Democrats and the MSM are scared, very scared of James.

As they should be.

Update – 5:20 pm: James posted a video response just a few minutes ago to the deceptive edit done to his interview. Watch below: