CNN’s Erin Burnett Slams Trump for Joking First Lady Could ‘Make Salads’: That’s Sexist


On Monday, President Donald Trump served a side of sexism with his fast food spread, at least according to CNN’s Joan Walsh and Erin Burnett.

When the Clemson Tigers visited the White House on Monday, they were met with a meal of McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Domino’s Pizza.

Trump also said this about the reason behind the “great American” fare:

“So I had a choice. Do we have no food for you? Because we have a shutdown, or do we give you some little quick salads that the first lady will make, along with — along with the second lady, they’ll make some salads. And I said, you guys aren’t into salads, or do I go out, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, do I go out and send out for about 1,000 hamburgers. Big Macs. So we actually did that.”

Walsh called Trump’s words appalling.

“That’s appalling,” she said. “It seems to me like the president will not be happy until there is not one single female Republican voter in the country. It’s incredibly sexist.”

Burnett added: “Sometimes what people say when they’re being funny exposes exactly who they are and what they think. Not that there was any question, but this is pretty clear.”

Conservative commentator Scott Jennings, though, was not so sure.

“I certainly didn’t take his comments to be sexist,” Jennings said. “I think that if somebody took them that way, you know, that’s fine –”

Burnett then asked him how he could not take the remarks as sexist.

“How in the world can you not perceive that as sexist, to make the assumption that his wife will go make salads for a bunch of football players? What is she, the cook?” Burnett probed.

Jennings replied he made salads nearly every night and suggested seeing it as sexist might be “over-reading” it.

“I’m not over-reading it. He made a joke that was sexist about woman,” Burnett snapped back. “I guess maybe what we’re disagreeing with is whether it’s funny and whether humor is something that’s serious.”

Then, after a bit more back and forth, Burnett closed the segment by saying this: “I feel pretty strongly it’s a sexist thing to say.”

Watch above, via CNN.

[image via screengrab]

Have a tip we should know?

Filed Under: