CNN Panel Explodes Over White House Diversity: ‘Nobody Wants to Go Work for a Racist’
A CNN segment on diversity in the White House blew up after a pro-Trump commentator touted America’s “pretty amazing history of overcoming slavery” and “expanding civil rights.”
Gina Louden, a member of Trump’s 2020 Advisory Council, started off saying this: “You look back at our history, we have a pretty amazing history of overcoming slavery, of expanding civil rights, of women’s rights, and a lot of those things happened under American presidents who didn’t have any minorities at all on their White Houses.”
She added: “Thank God we do. I looked over the list of people I know there, about one-third are a minority or women. Those are great strides. Could they be better? Absolutely. I know, I talked to some friends in the White House tonight and they said they would love more diversity in the White House.”
Liberal political commentator Angela Rye was not impressed.
“I think I got stuck at Gina saying that American presidents have done a great deal for people of color like ending slavery? Like, I think I’m stuck in 1865 now,” Rye began.
Then, after a bit of back-and-forth, Rye laid down what she had “heard” when Louden spoke:
You’re going to keep talking over me. My black life matters and so does my voice… Listen to what I’m saying to you. What you said was deeply offensive. What I am telling you is you can’t say––at least you shouldn’t feel comfortable saying it in 2018 that this White House not having diversity can be akin to presidents who didn’t have any black people on their staff, but for slavery, freeing slaves. Like, that’s not okay in 2018… You’re not going to be able to successfully name one black person who works in the West Wing because you know what, Omarosa didn’t even work in the West Wing. So, regardless of your points about slavery which are nonsense, I hope you RIP those talking points tonight, they should never be resurrected. I am telling you that it’s a problem in this White House with the staff, the reason why is it is slim pickings. You know why? Because nobody wants to go work for a racist. There’s not a single senior black person in the White House, and don’t you dare say to me Ben Carson because he doesn’t work there, and how dare his gifted hands––who’s a brain surgeon and who has never done anything on a construction project––this whole administration is nonsense, just like your talking points.
Loudon then tried to counter that she understands because she has an adopted, disabled, minority child who experiences bigotry before trying to pivot back to Trump’s black unemployment talking points and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s comments about America never being being great.
Rye was not having it.
“America has never been great,” she snapped back. “It is not great because people like you come on and lie for the president of the United States and then tout, bring out your son as an example? You should be completely ashamed of yourself.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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