A Republican congressional candidate is now at war with national media for claiming she fled an interview when asked about Barack Obama’s birthplace and her belief that man-made global warming is a hoax.
Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney, 55, is running for the state’s open sixth district in the U.S. House, and was interviewed July 23 by Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report in the Washington Post.
“Never have I met any candidate quite as frightening or fact-averse as … Whitney,” Wasserman asserts. “It’s tough to decide which party’s worst nightmare she would be.”
Whitney gained some attention in June when she released a video titled, “Global warming is a hoax.” (Watch her video below:)
“It is perhaps the greatest deception in the history of mankind,” Whitney says in the video.
“Naturally, liberals in the lamestream media became unglued and attacked me immediately. But as George Orwell once wrote, ‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.’”
Wasserman claims he pushed Whitney to explain the source of her global-warming opposition.
“She would hardly be the first ‘climate denier’ elected to Congress,” wrote Wasserman. “But it’s not unreasonable to expect candidates to explain how they arrived at their positions, and when I pressed Whitney repeatedly for the source of her claim that the earth is getting colder, she froze and was unable to cite a single scientist, journal or news source to back up her beliefs.”
Wasserman says he then tried to “change the subject,” writing: “I asked whether she believed Obama was born in the United States. When she replied that it was a matter of some controversy, her two campaign consultants quickly whisked her out of the room, accusing me of conducting a ‘Palin-style interview.’ It was the first time in hundreds of Cook Political Report meetings that a candidate has fled the room.”
Whitney is now firing back on Facebook, saying: “What the Cook Political Report printed about me is an outright lie. I left the interview with Dave Wasserman, several questions later, after he asked me if I was a ‘birther.’
“It was obvious, from the onset of the interview, that Wasserman had planned to jump me simply because I am a conservative woman and liberal shills like Dave Wasserman want to destroy us. That’s the real #WarOnWomen.”
The exchange has sparked a heated debate online, with comments including:
- “Be serious, lady. You give women in politics a bad name. Regardless of your political affiliation, when you make a claim, you better be prepared to back up that claim with FACTS. Actual facts. Not beliefs. Facts. You were unable to do so and thus unfit to run for any office.” (Katrin Mooney)
- “If you were clear on your facts, your beliefs, and your stance on various issues, then you would NOT have left the interview. You would have stood your ground whether or not the interviewer shared your views. … You are neither confident nor a leader. I think your aides rushed you out of there to hide that fact.” (Abby Chugden)
- “I’d say it’s business as usual … belittle those with opposing viewpoints, hurl insults, and as always, accomplish nothing but showing the world how hateful and spiteful they can be. I applaud those who dare to speak out against the unproven and ridiculous claim of mankind being the primary reason of climate change.” (Stephen P. Shaw)
- “While I don’t agree with everything she says here, it is true that the anthropological global warming crowd has lied, falsified and exaggerated to the point where they can no longer be trusted. The real science is continuing and, given enough time, we may actually find out for sure whether the activities of mankind are changing the climate. So far I see mostly evidence to the contrary.” (J. Scott Upton)