A panel of African-American CNN guests broke out in laughter when another guest suggested Beyonce’s song and video for “Formation” is racist.
The mega-star upset some people — particularly conservatives and police officer unions — with a Super Bowl half-time performance of her song which talks about her pride in her black heritage and also uses imagery from black history, including the Black Panthers and references to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Former NYPD detective Harry Houck joined CNN host Don Lemon’s panel on the issue and said he thought the video advocated violence against police officers and was racist, eliciting a chuckle from his fellow panelists, Nischelle Turner, Bakari Sellers, and Kierny Mayo.
“Well, it was also racist,” Houck said when asked by Lemon if he thought the video, which features graffiti that says, “Stop shooting us,” is anti-police.
The other guests had trouble suppressing their laughter.
Houck then said Beyonce is a supporter of the Black Liberation Army, a now-defunct black nationalist group.
Sellers said he considers Houck a friend but responded that his statement about Beyonce’s video being racist was laughable.
“I wish Harry and others were as vocal when we have young African-American men who die at the hands of police officers for committing crimes that they should not be sentenced to death for,” he said. “That being said, I think that Beyonce, like myself, like Nischelle, like Kierny, even like you Harry, we all agree that police officers go out every day and they serve and protect and they do so with such honor. However there is a very, very specific pain that is felt by African-Americans that Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar are speaking to right now.”
Houck then said the “real issue” is “black-on-black crime.”
Giuliani henchmen caught on tape doing statewide tour for Indiana Republicans during 2018 election
New images of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman with prominent Republicans emerged on Wednesday.
"Two associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. campaigns attended an Indiana Republican event promoting U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and others just days before the 2018 election," the Indy Star reports.
"The reason remains a mystery," the newspaper noted.
‘Be very scared’: GOP lawmaker warns Americans that they could be impeached too
Rep. Earl Leroy "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) fearmongered against the impeachment inquiry during remarks to reporters on Wednesday.
"Ladies and gentlemen, if a government can do this to the President of the United States, they can do this to you as well," he argued.
Under the United States Constitution, only people who work for the federal government can be impeached, with the penalty being the loss of their job.
Still, Carter argued that Americans should be terrified of being impeached themselves.
"You need to be scared," Carter warned. "You need to be very scared."
Bill Barr is ‘obligated to recuse’ himself from Ukraine investigation — or resign: NYC Bar Association
The attorney general of the United States has an obligation to recuse himself from any Department of Justice matters stemming from the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine, the New York City Bar Association said in a statement on Wednesday.
"The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has a unique role in safeguarding the rule of law under the Constitution. By failing to recuse himself from DOJ’s review of the Ukraine Matter, Attorney General William P. Barr has undermined that role," the statement read.