CNN Panelist Points to Trump Kissing Black Babies as Proof the President Isn’t Racist


The Jemele Hill controversy over her calling the president a “white supremacist” doesn’t look like it’s going to die anytime soon as the White House and Trump himself have weighed in on the issue. And because this is arguably the biggest media story going right now, a lot of cable news segments have been devoted to it.

One CNN panel discussion on the topic went a sorta strange turn when the former chairman of the Missouri Republican Party kept referring to POTUS kissing African-American babies as proof that he wasn’t racist or a white supremacist.

Appearing on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, Ed Martin first pointed out that one of the reasons Trump has gotten himself mixed up in the brouhaha is because he’s a counterpuncher and “loves this kind of stuff” but probably didn’t care about Hill’s race when going after her and ESPN. CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill countered that not considering race shows “extraordinary privilege” before stating Hill had the “right analysis” of Trump.

“Her analysis? Come on,” Martin responded. “It is just something she’s observed. My assertion back would be when I watched Donald Trump interacted with African-Americans in Houston. When you see a man hugging and speaking with and kissing a baby, and they happen to be black, I say to myself, ‘He’s not a racist.’ You can’t fake being a racist.”

Later on in the conversation, Martin would once again say he’s seen Trump kiss black babies, leading Hill to ask the GOPer if it is possible to kiss an African-American baby and still be racist. When Martin said “of course it is,” Hill shot back that he was using this as counter-evidence to support his belief that Trump is not a racist.

The two would then tangle a little more, with Hill stating that Jemele Hill’s analysis was based on Trump’s history of actions and comments, while Martin noted that she was making an assertion based only on what she saw.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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