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Brutal: Voters Mock Elise Stefanik's Challenger for Struggling to Call Soleimani a Terrorist

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It's not hard to call former Iranian terror leader Qasem Soleimani a terrorist. But Democrats are making it look like neurosurgery. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) nearly had a conniption before finally admitting that Soleimani, the guy who helped orchestrate deadly attacks on U.S. troops and was planning more, was a terrorist. She was followed by Tedra Cobb, the progressive New Yorker who is running against conservative incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik. 

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At a recent campaign event, a group of voters asked Cobb why she had refused to call Soleimani a terrorist. Watch below as Cobb heavily leans on her campaign aide for the assist. It was embarrassing and brutal. And it was not an answer.

"I don't think that there's any debate about who Soleimani is, or what he has done," Cobb said as she started to nervously fumble through her response. "Let's be clear on that. I don't believe there's any debate."

She proceeded to extremely unclear and left room for debate.

"We know that he has killed American lives, Americans, and others," she added. "So I don't believe there is any debate there."

Confused attendees shouted back that she still hadn't said the word. She stared at her aide for help, and he said, "He's a terrorist," while she nervously nodded.

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I guess Cobb had a huddle with her campaign about how bad this looked, because after Stefanik called her out on Twitter, the Democrat came back with this:

"It is clear Stefanik will do anything to distract from her record of cutting healthcare, raising the cost of RX drugs and gutting protections for pre-existing conditions," she writes. "Of course Soleimani is a terrorist. This isn’t up for debate."

As Stefanik noted, the damage had already been done.

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