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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace was forced to walk back physically aggressive comments she made against White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders when Wallace suggested her colleague might want to commit violence against Sanders during a press briefing.

The comments were made during an exchange with MSNBC White House reporter Kristen Welker about Welker’s questioning of Sanders about controversial comments a White House press assistant made about John McCain.

Wallace played a clip from the Sanders’ press conference and then the MSNBC host asked Welker, “How do you resist the temptation to run up and wring her neck? Why can’t she just say, ‘If a staffer said that, we’re gonna get to the bottom of it and should be fired’?”

The exchange was reported by Eddie Scarry of the Washington Examiner, which led to Wallace apologizing on Twitter:

“When I asked about whether the tension in the briefing room ever makes reporters want to wring the neck of the spokesman, I used poorly chosen words, & for that I’m sorry.  I was trying to imagine the exasperation of getting spin & not answers re: John Mcain being ‘about to die’”

Also in the exchange, as the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra reported, Wallace compared Sanders to Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi information minister who once attacked a top U.S. diplomat for being “a known Jew.” Wallace’s colleague John Heilemann said that rather than covering a White House briefing with Sanders, “I would slit my throat.”

MSNBC hosts and contributors have repeatedly attacked Sanders, including Mika Brzezinski, who said of Sanders,“you’re not being a good person and you’re not being a good American.”

The continued attacks on Sanders, the first mother to hold the role of White House press secretary, were reflected in the vicious, personal attacks against Sanders by the comedian selected by the White House Correspondents’ Dinner earlier this month.

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