Trump campaign calls CNN host's behavior 'sexist and demeaning' during segment with campaign lawyer

CNN host Brian Stelter had a frothy back-and-forth with Trump campaign senior legal analyst Jenna Ellis on Sunday

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June 15, 2020 - 9:48am

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    Trump campaign senior legal analyst Jenna Ellis made an appearance Sunday on Brian Stelter's CNN program, after which the campaign called Stelter's behavior "sexist and demeaning" toward Ellis.

    The two engaged in a back-and-forth over the president's use of the term "fake news media," which Ellis defended.

    Stelter then said to the constitutional attorney, "You understand that some day you're gonna regret this, right? Someday you're going to regret this when your kids and your grandkids look back at this time?"

    "Oh, now you're going with personal attacks, that's when you know you lost the debate, Brian," Ellis responded. 

    "This kind of on-air meltdown and lashing out is completely unprofessional ... It would be great if so-called journalists would refrain from personal attacks and putting words in the mouths of children and grandchildren of strong, smart, and independent women," Ali Pardo, the deputy communications director from the Trump campaign, said in a statement. 

    Ellis repeatedly called Stelter and his colleagues "activists" not "journalists," during the interview. Prior to the heated exchange, Stelter and Ellis had been sparring about the legitimacy of a CNN poll that indicated Joe Biden holds a 14-point lead over President Trump. 

    In response to the poll, the president retained McLaughlin & Associated, a different polling company, to analyze the results of CNN's numbers. Trump's pollsters wrote a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker, noting that only 25% of the participants in their group were Republicans.  

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