Michael Caputo was trending on Twitter last night following a clash with a fellow panelist during a CNN segment.
The East Aurora political consultant, who worked on President Trump’s 2016 campaign, was part of a panel on "Anderson Cooper 360" regarding the sexual abuse allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Caputo became visibly upset during a back-and-forth with USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers.
After Caputo raised doubts about the account of Julie Swetnick and why she did not report incidents she cites in her affidavit alleging misconduct by Kavanaugh, Powers said:
" ... in the 1980s, I went to high school then. This was a time when women just simply were not believed, and everybody sounded like Donald Trump and Michael Caputo. So if you are going to ask why women didn't come forward, Michael, that's your answer, just listen to yourself."
A back-and-forth ensued, with Powers saying "stop interrupting me."
Caputo said: "You don't call me out like that on national television."
The Washington Post's synopsis of the segment is headlined: "‘I called out his victim blaming and he lost it,’ says Kirsten Powers after Michael Caputo’s CNN meltdown.
CNN's post on the segment is headlined: "Kavanaugh panel derails: Stop interrupting me"
The video tweeted out by Cooper has been viewed more than 760,000 times as of Thursday morning.
“Enough… I don’t get invited on here to be called out by you like this. This is inappropriate.”
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 27, 2018
The clip has been shared many more times by other Twitter users.
Caputo's critics seized on his reaction to Powers.
Caputo and Powers exchanged tweets later Wednesday night.
Yes, I called out his victim blaming and he lost it. https://t.co/MiVJKn4Wti
— Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) September 27, 2018
You got personal with a fellow panelist in your first comment. You’ve got nothing else to offer? Sad.
— #MIDTERMS! (@MichaelRCaputo) September 27, 2018
Actor Zach Braff, a well-known Democrat, tweeted this to is 2 million-plus followers:
I’ve been on a twitter break. But after watching Michael Caputo meltdown on CNN I had to login to see what people were saying. pic.twitter.com/53GdVSO7uV
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 27, 2018
Michael Caputo has lost his damn mind and I'm not ashamed to say I am enjoying it a little.
"I don’t get invited on here to be called out by you like this. This is inappropriate.” WAH!
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly 📢 (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 27, 2018
Caputo also retweeted several supporters of his appearance.
The looks on moron Kirsten Powers and dopey Jefferey Tubin's face when a conservative actually stood up to their liberal bullying using identity smear politics. Priceless!! NObody's buying liberal identity politics anymore. This whole judiciary process exposed liberal desperation
— Nov 8, 2016 (@Edmond_Estrada) September 27, 2018
— JarradKushner - SPYGATE began with Brennan (@JarradKushner) September 27, 2018