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Charles Blow and Steve Cortes Clash Over Trump: Defending His Racism Makes You ‘Part of That Racism’

Things got heated during a CNN panel on Monday night after The New York Times Charles Blow and Trump supporter Steve Cortes got into a clash about if it was right to call President Donald Trump a racist.

The conversation was prompted by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries statement likening Trump to “the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” a reference to the Ku Klux Klan.

“I think on a bigger point. Here’s the issue. When people like Charles Blow and Congressman Jeffries slander the president and continue to call him racist, here’s what they’re trying to do. They are trying to marginalize him and our entire movement,” Cortes said.

Blow then told Cortes: “Let me tell you this as well, first of all, never say on television that I tried to slander anybody. You are lying.”

Cortes then insisted calling Trump a racist is “slander.”

Then, with the conversation heating up, Blow snapped back, “I didn’t interrupt you and you are not going to interrupt me. When you were telling the world that I was slandering somebody. You were telling that lie. You will not interrupt me. Secondly, I believe that people who pretend not to see racism or defend racism as Steve just did are a part of that racism, which I believe Steve is a part of that racism.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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