Emily Maitlis has been hailed a ‘superhero’ after taking down a Trump conspiracy theorist on Newsnight.
The presenter grilled Randi Reed, a Republican Congressional candidate in Nevada, about the US Election during Wednesday night’s episode, and things took a turn when the guest began sharing misinformation about vote counting.
The interview kicked off with Emily asking whether Randi would like to see Trump concede.
‘Absolutely not,’ Randi replied. ‘I completely agree with Trump that we need to get the bottom of what’s going on before he can accept or concede the seat.
‘To have an absolute stop in vote counting is completely unacceptable but at the same time, the Democrats laid out the plan and we’re just living it.’
‘Sorry, I don’t understand,’ Emily responded. ‘You’ve heard Donald Trump in a tweet claim victory in Pennsylvania, which hasn’t finished counting, victory in North Carolina, which hasn’t finished counting and victory in Michigan, which has been given to Joe Biden and the Democrats.
‘Why’s he doing that?’
Randi hit back: ‘Because we looked at what happened last night, before the Democrats decided to put a stop to actual vote counting.’
‘What vote counting?’ Emily demanded. ‘They’re still counting the votes, that’s the whole point”.
Randi went onto claim there had been a stop in vote counting because Trump was experiencing a ‘surge’, before adding that ‘mail-in voting de-legitimises the [election] process.’
‘So mail-in voting shouldn’t have been allowed during a pandemic?’ Emily asked.
Viewers were stunned by the scenes as they unfolded before their very eyes and raced to Twitter to comment on how Emily managed to keep herself composed.
‘Emily Maitlis, superhero, utterly bemused by a Trump conspiracy theorist and not pandering to the new BBC missive of recognising all – often cretinous – views,’ wrote one.
‘Emily Maitlis just obliterated a bumbling delusional Trump supporter on #Newsnight and it was a joy to watch,’ added another.
Meanwhile, Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan, penned: ‘OMG Emily Maitlis is taking absolutely no sh*t from a deluded Trump supporter right now and it’s incredible.’
Newsnight airs weekdays at 10.45pm on BBC Two.
Credit: Original article published here.