Ed Schultz decided on Thursday that he was angrier than he'd been on Wednesday about the claims that he ranted at President Obama during a 2011 meeting.
That claim could be found in a new book by Schultz's MSNBC colleague Richard Wolffe, who said Schultz "[ripped] into an impassioned plea for the president to stand up and fight." Obama, Wolffe added, was not pleased.
Schultz denied on his Wednesday TV show that it had happened. But he was clearly still agitated on his Thursday radio show, going on a nearly 6-minute, angry monologue in his efforts to deny that he'd ranted at Obama.
"This, my friends, and you can put it to any media website on the face of the earth, this is a total mischaracterization of the meeting that I had with the president of the United States back in 2012 and in 2011," he said. "...There was no rant. There was no tirade. There was no engagement of negativity between me and the president of the United States. And quite frankly, I'm pissed about it."
Wolffe's account was "not correct," he went on, adding, "I do not want you to think that I disrespected a man who I have immense respect for and that is Barack Obama! And so I'll just leave it at that and the rest of you can kiss my ass, OK?"