Conservative politician, Cory Stewart, joined Kate Bolduan for her segment “At This Hour” after the events of Charlottesville to discuss Steve Bannon’s remarks on the far-right. Things got a little heated when it became clear that Stewart was only on the show to justify the behavior of those at the rally in a kind of rant-like way, without listening to the questions of the person interviewing him.
In the interview, Stewart argues that although there is a fringe element of right-wing politics, the left is conflating the two things and “trying to say that conservatives, those who oppose the removal of historical monuments, are somehow tied to these far far right-wing groups…”
As the interview runs on, it becomes clear that Stewart has no intention of allowing Bolduan to ask him any questions or have any kind of productive conversation or debate on the topic. Instead, he repeatedly interrupts and interjects any comments made by her.
Around minute 4:40, Stewart begins accusing Bolduan of “using the poor woman’s [Heather Heyer who died after a bus driven by a white supremacist plowed through a crowd of counter-protestors] death to say that Confederate monuments should be taken down.”
After multiple attempts to respond to his accusation were unsuccessful, Bolduan delivered him an epic shutdown. As he continually interrupts her, Bolduan finally says in an assertive tone “Stop talking. Stop talking, stop talking for a second. You’re the guest on my show. I would like to continue the conversation with you respectfully” and Twitter instantly lost their minds.
People absolutely loved the look on Stewart’s face after he was told off. Admittedly, he looked shocked that there is a point in a conversation where you actually have to stop talking and listen to what the other person is saying.
Not only had Stewart been rude, but the conversation had become unproductive and it was almost unnecessary for Bolduan to be there altogether as Stewart was having a fine time just talking. But by far the most hard-hitting moment came when Bolduan says, “It stopped being about statues, when people showed up with swastikas.”