MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Calls Republican Party ‘A Segregated Entity’: ‘Almost Entirely All White’


MSNBC host Chris Hayes said on Thursday that the Republican Party is “essentially a segregated entity,” while lawmakers in the Democratic Party embody “all of the diversity of America.”

Speaking on a media panel at Reverend Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network (NAN) convention, Hayes reminisced about attending the swearing-in of the new Congress in January.

“New House speaker Nancy Pelosi had made a change to the rules so that more family members could be in these photos, and it was quite a scene, and I have to say it was, it brought home the started reality about American politics at this moment,” Hayes said, adding that “It’s something that I think is very clear just even as the candidates for the Democratic Party come through this room.”

“One half of the American political party system is essentially a segregated entity,” he continued. “One half of the American political party system, there’s two parties, one party is almost entirely all white. It’s just a factual thing.”

“So America is a diverse place, it’s a place with people from all kinds of different backgrounds and all kinds of different life experiences,” he said. “On one side, none of that is apparent. And then all of the diversity of America is on the other side.”

Hayes went even further, saying that the Democrats in Congress are “even more diverse than America is. Okay? Because it’s double the representation.”

“And that, to me, is one of the things that is just inescapable about American politics at this moment, and I think it operates in terms of the coverage, in having a press corps and a media that reflects the same diversity that you see in this new Congress,” he concluded.

The House of Representatives Press Gallery’s demographic breakdown of the current Congress largely bears Hayes out. But as any quick perusal of mainstream news outlets would quickly demonstrate, and to Hayes’ broader point, the media has a long way to go in order to reflect the diversity of America that he described.

Watch the clip above, via NAN.

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