Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said on Tuesday that he agreed “wholeheartedly” with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after the top Senate Republican condemned a conspiracy theorist lawmaker for embracing “loony lies.”
“We have to move beyond what someone thinks might be true because it’s on the internet, into what is true as best as we can understand it,” Cassidy said during a CBS interview early Tuesday.
"I agree with him entirely. We have to move beyond what someone thinks might be true because it is on the internet." pic.twitter.com/b4FD6e4eed
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“We need to base things on facts,” the Louisiana lawmaker added.
The comments come after McConnell on Monday issued a blistering rebuke of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) affinity for falsehood, calling an increasingly entrenched penchant for pushing misinformation a “cancer for the Republican Party and our country.”
“Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality,” McConnell said in a statement that did not name Greene directly.
“I agree wholeheartedly with what the leader has said,” Cassidy declared on Tuesday, adding that he anticipated a lot of his colleagues in the Senate would come forward to agree with McConnell’s statements throughout the day.
“It can’t just be because you want something to be true, it has to be what you know to be true, as best as you can know it,” he said.