Republican left speechless after not understanding a very simple rule in resurfaced clip

Republican left speechless after not understanding a very simple rule in resurfaced clip

The 2020 election is bringing with it a host of brand new content.

Who can forget the Paula White/Eminem mash-up that’s now seared forever on our brains?

But this period of uncertainty has also led to old clips resurfacing, injected with new relevance.

Like an amazing exchange that took place between CNN correspondent Jake Tapper and Republican official Ted Crockett in 2017.

Crockett was appearing on Tapper’s show three years ago to act as a ‘spokesperson’ for disgraced Republican Roy Moore who was then running for Senate, despite being the subject of multiple sexual misconduct allegations.

A segment from that interview was reposted by Twitter user @Muqadaam on Wednesday, who captioned it, disparagingly, “Donald Trump supporters really are dumb”.

The clip shows Crockett holding forth on he and Moore’s shared “beilef” that Muslim individuals shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress.

“Why,” asks Tapper, in confusion.

“Because you have to swear on the Bible,” answers Crockett. “I had to do it, I’m an elected official. I had to do it."

“[Moore] alleges that a Muslim cannot do that, ethically, swear on a Christian Bible."

Tapper then corrects him.

“You don’t actually have to swear on the Bible,” Tapper tells Crockett.

“You can swear on anything really, I don’t know if you knew that,” the CNN reporter says.

Crockett remains unconvinced at first, drawling, "Oh no, I swore on the Bible, I’ve done it three times, Jake”.

“I’m sure you have,” Tapper retorts. “I’m sure you have picked a Bible but the law isn’t that you have to swear on a Christian Bible, that is not the law”.

At this the penny seems to drop as Crockett stares silently at the camera with his mouth open for several seconds.

“You don’t know that?” prods Tapper.

“I know that Donald Trump did it when we made him president,” Crockett finally gets out.

“Because he’s Christian and he picked it. That’s what he wanted to swear in on,” Tapper says swiftly before ending the segment.


The hilarious clip is bringing a lot of light relief to those seeing it for the first time in the middle of the election battle.

Crockett’s reaction has been likened to a meme.

It’s been called “Emmy-level”.

Of course there’s been a Curb Your Enthusiasm version.

While others suggested what books they’d like to swear into office on.

At least Crockett can find peace in the knowledge that his blunder is still making people laugh, even three years later.

What a legacy.

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