- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 29, 2019

CNN’s Chris Cuomo faced fierce feedback on Wednesday after tweeting about a pro-gun rape survivor’s message.

“Only in America,” the “Cuomo Prime Time” host wrote in response to an NRA promotional video featuring Kimberly Corban.

The 60-second clip includes Mrs. Corban recounting the time she was raped as a 20-year-old living in off-campus housing.

“I woke up in the middle of the night suffocating,” she said. “‘Shut up,’ he said. ‘Don’t say a word.’ For the next two hours, I knew I was going to die and there was nothing I could do. Now, I’m a mother of two — and if that predator or anyone else tries to harm me or my family, they have to come through my firearm first. I will never be unarmed or utterly vulnerable ever again. The only reason I can say that is because the NRA fought for my rights before I ever knew that I needed them.”

Mr. Cuomo’s curt response generated thousands of responses, including one by Mrs. Corban.

“Hi @ChrisCuomo. Looks like you forgot to tag me. Care to chat about this?” she asked.

Other famous names were quick to reply. Some include:

  • Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney: “Yes, @ChrisCuomo, in America we believe women should be able to defend themselves. And we know the #SecondAmendment guarantees our right to do so.”
  • Fox News’ Janice Dean: “You might want to explain this tweet a little better to those of us who’ve actually had to face predators in our own homes and defend ourselves without a big strong man like yourself?”
  • Radio host, author and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch: “Not sure what you mean by this. “Only in America” can a rape survivor protect herself and her family against any future threat? This is bad how?”
  • Sean Davis, co-found of The Federalist: “A CNN anchor is mocking a rape survivor for her views on the 2nd Amendment.”

The CNN host eventually responded to Ms. Dean’s tweet by blaming Twitter’s format for his lack of clarity.

“You are right,” he began a pair of tweets. “No offense intended. Too short on twitter. ‘Only in America’ are we still debating the legitimate right to protect oneself like you and many others vs sensible way to keep guns from wrong people. Only here can we not address the issues around school shootings in a way that respects the ill and also people who get guns legally (as I did) and use responsibly (as I). We are stuck with good people having to beg to keep a right and not getting done what is right for federal reasonable restrictions and mental health reform.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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