CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord closed out a segment on Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday by straining to try to compare Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim entry into the US to Martin Luther King Jr’s. activism during an argument with colleague Van Jones.
“You are now supporting — and I can’t believe you’re doing this — the worst possible strategy to actually increase our enemies,” Jones said.
As Cooper tried to send the show to commercial, Lord replied, “This is like saying if Martin Luther King led these marches that we were gonna increase the number of white segregationists. That’s crazy.”
The Republican front-runner has been ripped by not only Democrats, but several fellow GOP presidential candidates after releasing a statement earlier in the day calling for a “total and complete shutdown” on Muslim immigration until legislators “can figure out what is going on.”
“Jeffrey, it’s painting with a very broad brush,” Cooper told Lord. “It’s not trying to distinguish radical Islamists from computer programmers who are going to work in Silicon Valley.”
“What he’s suggesting is to have a pause, have a better understanding of what’s going on,” Lord replied. “As I say, Franklin [Delano] Roosevelt did some version of this. This is very old stuff. This has nothing to do with Japanese-American internment camps, which were immoral.”
“What does that even mean?” Cooper asked. “To put out a policy statement saying, ‘We should stop this until we figure out what’s going on.’ What does that mean?”
“I’ll tell you what it means,” Jones said, interjecting. “It’s a completely unworkable fear tactic. This is exactly what ISIS wants. ISIS and Trump are now playing off of each other. What ISIS wants is for all Americans to turn against all Muslims.”
Watch the discussion, as posted by Media Matters on Monday, below.
WATCH: CBS News begins referring to Trump’s tweets as ‘racist’ after Dem congresswomen hold presser
CBS Evening News host Norah O'Donnell on Monday began referring to President Donald Trump's tweets as "racist" after four progressive Democratic women lashed out at the president in a press conference.
While speaking to reporters on Monday, Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Rashida Tlaib (MI) fired back at the president because he suggested that they should "go back" to their country of origin.
Following the press conference, O'Donnell's report on the CBS Evening News referred to the tweets as "racist."
GOP strategist delivers devastating analysis of Trump’s ‘Make America White Again’ agenda on CNN
Republican strategist Tara Setmayer on Tuesday delivered a brutal analysis of President Donald Trump's strategy to win reelection, which she dubbed "Make America White Again."
During a panel discussion on Trump ramping up his racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, Setmayer argued that appealing solely to angry white voters was the only hope he had of winning in 2020.
"It's 'Make America White Again,' according to the president of the United States, because everyone in the country is not welcome," she said. "If you have a difference of opinion, you're not welcome."
She then went on to document all the ways Trump is uniquely unfit to judge who does and does not belong in the United States.
Morning Joe panel brutally dismantles Lindsey Graham for doubling down and backing Trump’s extreme racism
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough was left speechless by Sen. Lindsey Graham's impassioned defense of President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.
The "Morning Joe" host sat in stunned silence after rolling video of the South Carolina Republican defending Trump's tweets, and doubling down by hurling his own slurs against the first-year lawmakers.
"You call Americans in Congress communists?" Scarborough said, after gathering his thoughts, "and you say they hate America? And then your punch line to that is aim higher?"
Scarborough, who served alongside Graham as a Republican congressman, said the episode was a shameful new low for the veteran lawmaker.