Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn). UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo
NEW YORK, June 25 (UPI) -- During a heated argument with Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Fox News host Neil Cavuto said the congresswoman was "being silly," and cut to commercial while she was repeating talking points.
"Maybe Republicans are within their rights [to sue the president], maybe the president is within his rights [to issue executive orders]," Cavuto said on Wednesday's edition of Your World.
"Where was your rage when Democrats were going after President Bush on the same use of executive orders, because I think you knew then that that was a waste of time then and I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now."
While defending House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama, Bachmann brought up the ongoing IRS scandal, prompting Cavuto to cut her off, accusing the congresswoman of "conflating issues and being silly."
Bachmann held steadfast in her talking points, suggesting that one solution to her caucus' problems with the executive branch would be to outright defund it.
"What we should do right now is defund the executive branch while we have the option," she argued.
"Think about what you are saying," Cavuto exclaimed when she restated that point. "The Democrats would be in their right mind to laugh you out. Defund them?"
Bachmann's response only upped the ante of the rhetoric flying between the two:
"What we can do further is impeach the elected official."
"What else are you going to do," Bachmann pleaded before repeating "what do you do?" over and over until Cavuto cut to commercial.
When the broadcast resumed, Cavuto apologized for cutting Bachmann off, but stood by his tone saying, "I don't apologize for my sentiment for the fact that we are wasting time filing lawsuits against one another."
"These types of charades -- and I'm sorry, that's what I call them -- are just that, charades."