(RepublicanWire.org) – When being interviewed by a journalist from St. Louis, a Republican senator’s conversation took a strange turn on national television.
Missouri senator Josh Hawley turned the tables on an interviewer, and it was all captured on a hot mic.
Hawley interrogated KDSK-TV editor Mark Maxwell before a sit-down interview earlier this month. Before the interview kicked off, Hawley asked Maxwell why he gave Elon Musk such a hard time on Twitter. He questioned whether or not he supported people who supported free speech.
Maxwell agreed the tweet was “vitriolic.”
As the conversation progressed, Hawley seemed to assume the role of interviewer, pressing Maxwell with questions about other social media activity. The unusual sequence of events occurred during a live discussion between the journalist from St. Louis and the Republican senator.
There was a time when it seemed they should have been at a bar, not a TV studio, because of the talk’s direction. Hawley said to Maxwell that he hoped he would conduct their interview “sober,” alluding to Maxwell’s deleted tweets in which he warned his fans not to assume he wasn’t drinking at any given time.
As Hawley continued to cast doubt on Maxwell’s sobriety, the interviewer said to “feel free” to take a blood alcohol reading from him.
He assured Hawley, for the sake of clarity, that the tweets were all in good fun.
He said drinking could wait until the weekend when Saint Patrick’s Day festivities begin.
While Maxwell hasn’t publicly mentioned the conversation about his sobriety, he has posted a video of that portion of the actual interview, ostensibly because Hawley put him on the spot.
It’s not apparent whether KDSK meant for the pre-interview conversation to be made public. Fox News published the video on Thursday.