CNN Panelists Scream At Each Other Over Trump Emergency Declaration: 'Don't You Dare Patronize Me!'

A discussion among two conservative CNN panelists descended into a shouting match Saturday over President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency and the president's veto of the Senate rejecting it.

The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday voted to block the president's national emergency declaration to get funding for a wall on the southern U.S.-Mexico border, the president's signature campaign promise. Twelve Republicans joined with Democrats in voting to end Trump's efforts in sourcing more than $6 billion for the wall in a rare rebuke of the president and unusual departure from partisan unity.

A day later, President Trump issued his first veto since entering the White House to reject the resolution blocking his declaration.

"Today, I am vetoing this resolution," the president told reporters in the Oval Office. "Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it." With the veto in force, the legislation will now be sent back to Congress, who likely won't have sufficient votes for an override, leaving Trump's declaration in effect.

During a segment on CNN earlier today, conservative commentator Ben Ferguson said he "respected the position of many of these Republicans" who voted in favor of blocking Trump's national emergency because they were concerned about setting a precedent for future Democratic presidents to "abuse this power."

While panelist Tara Setmayer, a former GOP congressional communications director, explained that she was disappointed that just 12 Republicans "were willing to stand up for the constitution" by voting to end the emergency declaration.

Trump was being "very irresponsible with his words," she added. "When I listened to him during this veto ceremony, going on and on saying it was his duty to veto this and that it was putting Americans in danger, that kind of demagogue rhetoric on this issue is what's actually dangerous."

"He's putting out misinformation about what's actually going on down there at the border," Setmayer said, before Ferguson interrupted saying: "That's just not true."

Ignoring Ferguson, Setmayer continued on to accuse the president of trying to gin up fear. "It's not ginning people up," Ferguson interrupted again.

"Yes it is Ben and you know it," Setmayer shot back.

"It's not demagoguery, it's not fear mongering, if you sat down with the people who were affected," Ferguson said.

"Do not insult me with that, Ben! Because I dealt with that for many years!" Setmayer shouted, "I wasn't a radio host, I actually worked on Capitol Hill with this issue."

"You haven't sat down with these people!" Ferguson responded, escalating his voice to match Setmayer's.

As the debate continued to descend to incoherent screams, Setmayer yelled: "Ben, I worked on this issue for seven years, don't you dare patronize me on this!"

"You won't let me speak!" Ferguson said. "And I'm going to explain the point that the president's making!"

Eventually, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield broke the shouting match by loudly informing the two commentators that they need to go "one at a time." "Both of you are making excellent points, but we can't hear both of you when you're talking simultaneously," she said.

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A discussion among two conservative CNN panelists descended into a shouting match on Saturday over Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency and the president's veto of the Senate rejecting it. CNN/Screenshot
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