CNN host Michael Smerconish and fired ESPN analyst and ex-baseball star Curt Schilling sparred on Saturday in a contentious interview that turned personal.
Schilling called into the show to discuss the Jemele Hill controversy, and it took a turn to CNN’s bias in covering President Trump.
“I get it, you guys work on getting ratings, you need to be bombastic, and you need to make assumptions for the viewers because you guys operate on the notion that we’re too stupid to speak for ourselves,” Schilling said in defense to Smerconish bringing up the photo of a transgender person that Schilling posted, leading to his dismissal from ESPN.
“The fact of the matters is, my comment was around the fact I don’t need my government to tell me where to pee.”
Schilling was fired in April 2016 for posting a photo seen as offensive to transgender individuals, with his own words: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
Smerconish immediately shot back at Schilling, telling him he was a jerk as a baseball player and is still a jerk.
“You know what, you were pompous when you were in Philly, and you’re pompous today. You come on my program and make a number of wild assertions, none with specificity relative to me and my program,” the host said.
Smerconish also added Schilling should take personal responsibility, as conservatives often say they are proud to do.
Critics have wondered why Schilling was fired for posting a conservative message on Facebook, but Hill was only reprimanded by ESPN for calling a Republican president a white supremacist.
This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner