Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy — a man who was launched into the public eye when hundreds of white supremacists marched through his town — is standing by SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill after she called President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.”
During a segment on CNN’s Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, Bellamy stood up for “Queen Jemele,” saying that minorities are too often “asked to be polite” rather than speaking their minds.
Bellamy voiced his own grievances with the president, all while vindicating Hill’s controversial remarks:
“I’m trying to find out with where Queen Jemele told a lie because again — actions speak the loudest… Marginalized communities, we’re always asked to be polite, we’re always asked to compromise, we’re always asked not to say certain things — while other individuals are allowed to say whatever they want. They can empower and embolden whoever they want whenever they want… Everyone wants to talk about Miss Hill’s tweets, but let’s think about the leader of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, literally said that they came to Charlottesville to fulfill the promise of their president… [They] were not initially denounced.”
The vice mayor finished the segment by tell Baldwin, “we pull no punches” — meaning Bellamy and Hill refuse to hold back.
The White House had different feelings regarding Hill’s tweets, however, as press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the anti-Trump comments a “fireable offense” from behind her podium today. The ESPN host has not been fired or suspended, but the sports network did issue a statement disavowing her tweets and claiming Hill “recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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