Dowd Gets Surprise Grilling from CNN’s Keilar for Deleting Tweets

By Brad Wilmouth

On Monday’s New Day, frequent CNN and MSNBC guest-turned Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Texas, Matthew Dowd received more of a challenge from co-host Brianna Keilar than he usually gets on the liberal news network.

After spending the first few minutes cueing up Dowd to make his typical attacks on his home state’s Republican leaders as he runs for lieutenant governor, Keilar then turned to question him on why he deleted about 270,000 tweets before launching his campaign, pressing him with several followups.

She also hit Dowd from the left by hinting that he was being hypocritical in running for office after he previously argued that white men should step aside and let minorities acquire more power.

Bringing up the issue of his tweets, Keilar posed: “Matthew, you’re well aware you’re being attacked by Republicans and Fox for deleting thousands of tweets. How many tweets did you delete?”

After he tried to explain away the move by claiming that he wanted to “clean up” his Twitter feed, Keilar followed up on his weak explanations, and the two went back and forth for almost two and a half minutes:

KEILAR: But why?

DOWD: I was just cleaning up my files long before I thought about running in this race, but, again, it’s a typical Fox thing to turn to some conspiracy, thinking it has more meaning than it actually does

KEILAR: Why did you do it then?

DOWD: I just said, Brianna, I did because I just wanted to clean up all of my files and get rid of all of the stuff that accumulated over time. There’s no reason, as you know —

KEILAR: Matt, I understand that, but this isn’t like emptying your email inbox, to be clear, getting rid of all your old tweets.

After he claimed that anything he has said publicly could be found using Google, Keilar continued challenging his weak explanations:

Then why delete them? Because you know that that is going to raise eyebrows — that’s going to elicit scrutiny ,I mean, in the age of “When anyone deletes anything or isn’t forthcoming with, say, emails. I mean, look, we know where this goes. You know that it’s going to grab attention.

A frustrated Dowd, who was not getting the softball interview he probably expected, then snapped back:

DOWD: So what I think is happening, Brianna — and I think it’s unfortunate — is Fox News does this — which is dream up some conspiracy theory as they always do — which is obviously has nothing to do with anything that we’re talking about — and then people begin to repeat it. Again, I cleaned up my inbox in — I think it was May or June, deleted all my old tweets. I think I have 5,000 sitting there. And so I just think we shouldn’t play into Fox’s new sort of conspiracy theory.

KEILAR: All right, I mean, I think it’s an important question to ask. Which is why I’m asking.

DOWD: Well, you asked, and I answered it. You asked it, and I answered three times.

 In her final question, Keilar pressed her guest on why he was running for office if he has previously argued white men should step aside:

I do want to ask you about something that you wrote in 2018. You said, “I would humbly suggest that we as white male Christians to step back and give more people who don’t look like us access to the levers of power. As a white male Christian in America, I am part of a dwindling subset that has held the levers of power politically and economically in nearly every field for the entire history of the United States.” So obviously you were expressing sentiment that there needed to be more representation, and now you are running for lieutenant governor. How do you square that?

Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and reposted with permission.