Charlottesville Vice-Mayor and Ben Ferguson Brawl Over Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Remarks
It was only a matter of time before we got a heated CNN panel fight following President Donald Trump’s crazed press conference where he blamed “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville and seemed to defend the alt-right.
During tonight’s broadcast of Erin Burnett Outfront, Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy and political commentator Ben Ferguson tussled with each other for roughly ten minutes, as Bellamy felt Ferguson was practicing false equivalence and Ferguson took issue with Bellamy’s disrespect of the president.
Early on in the discussion, Bellamy set the tone by telling Ferguson that he needed to be quiet and let him finish his point. Meanwhile, Ferguson attempted to say he agreed with much of what Bellamy was stating before segueing to claiming that we need to have a serious conversation about how there are agitators on the left who also want to start a race war.
After a bit more back-and-forth, and CNN reporter Sara Sidner chiming in to correct some comments Ferguson made about Black Lives Matter, things really heated up, especially when Ferguson brought up Bellamy’s past incendiary tweets and his unwillingness to call Trump “president.”
With things getting tenser, Bellamy claimed Ferguson was “making excuses” for others, causing Ferguson to deny that he was.
“You let me finish,” Bellamy shot back. After he said that the conservative commentator was using the word “but” to help pass blame, he told Ferguson to “be quiet” when he attempted to interject.
The segment then wrapped up with the two engaging in a heated discussion over Bellamy’s constant use of the term “45” to refer to Trump.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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