Debbie Wasserman Schultz is apparently unrepentant, after falsely accusing a Washington Examiner reporter of misquoting her in a story that put her at odds with the Israeli ambassador. The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo confronted the beleaguered DNC chair at the Democratic convention last night:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) told the Washington Free Beacon Wednesday evening that she will not be apologizing to Washington Examiner reporter Philip Klein after she falsely accused him of “deliberately misquoting” her.
“No, I definitely will not” offer Klein an apology, Wasserman Schultz said with a slight laugh as she was exiting an event meant to honor Center For American Progress founder John Podesta.
Asked if she had a message for Klein, Wasserman Schultz bristled.
“I don’t,” she said.
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren has publicly denied that he made the anti-GOP comment, as Wasserman Schultz claimed; and an audio recording of the Florida congresswoman’s remarks confirmed that Klein did not misquote her. She’s been caught dead to rights on this, so her refusal to apologize is all the more remarkable. It makes you wonder whether DWS would actually issue an apology for lying under any circumstances.
Klein certainly isn’t under any illusions: “If I could hold my breath long enough to wait for a Debbie Wasserman Schultz apology then I’d probably try to enter myself in the Guinness Book of World Records,” he told Kredo.
Meanwhile, DWS has reportedly been skipping out on news interviews — hardly a surprise, considering all the disasters that have plagued the DNC this week. As for her possible options after her first term as party chairwoman runs out, Politico takes a look and finds they’re few and far between.