Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked CNN President Jeffrey Zucker to fire anchor Fredricka Whitfield.
Was a CNN anchor messin' with Texas over the weekend? The Lite Guv certainly to think so — and he wrote an angry letter to boot.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick sent a letter to CNN President Jeffrey Zucker on Monday calling for anchor Fredricka Whitfield’s resignation.
Patrick's letter comes after Whitfield said on Saturday “it was very courageous and brave if not crazy as well to open fire on the police headquarters,” referencing an assault on Dallas police headquarters
James Boulware, 35, attacked Dallas police headquarters on Saturday, planting explosives and shooting dozens of rounds at police officers and the building itself. No officers were injured, and police shot and killed Boulware, who suffered from mental illness, after a lengthy standoff.
Here's video of Whitfield's comments:
That prompted Patrick to call for Whitfield’s firing. He said in the letter he was “shocked and appalled to hear her words.”
“There is no excuse for anyone in any position, especially someone in the position as a news host on a national broadcast, to give praise to a person who deliberately planned to kill law enforcement officers,” Patrick said. “Her shameful remarks are not acceptable in Texas or anywhere else in this nation.”
Whitfield later apologized on air, saying she “misspoke”:
And she later issued a statement saying “I understand now how offensive it was, and I want to reiterate that in no way do I believe the gunman was courageous or brave. I sincerely apologize.”