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'Great Revolt' Author Tries to Claim It's No Big Deal McGahn Met with Mueller for 30 Hours — And Gets a Reality Check on Live TV

The author rambled nonsensically when she encountered unexpected new information that destroyed her talking points.

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New York Post columnist Salena Zito appeared on CNN with host Poppy Harlow to defend President Donald Trump on Tuesday and appeared visibly surprised when Harlow presented Zito with information that undermined her primary talking point.

First, Zito suggested that White House counsel Don McGahn's 30 hours of interview with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was a good thing.

"I personally think it was a good idea to have McGahn go out there," she said, believing it showed Trump has nothing to hide.

"When it's framed as 30 hours, it seems like, oh my god. But when you step back and think 30 hours over how much period of time," Zito continued.

Then came the devastating response from Harlow: "Three days."

"Oh, 3 days. Um. You know, still, that's ... you know, a 30 day interrogation all in one day, that's like, ah!" Zito responded almost incoherently as she scrambled to make her talking point work. "But when you spread it out over a few days, that's not that bad."

Most people would disagree that 10 hours of interrogation for three days in a row isn't a big deal.

Harlow moved on to her other guest after Zito's embarrassing fumble.

Watch the segment below.

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.