In an odd exchange with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, a supporter of Donald Trump tried to allay fears about the campaign’s formalized affiliation with Breitbart.com, by dismissing concerns about the website’s extreme racism — because one of the top writers is “incredibly gay.”
Earlier in the week, the GOP presidential nominee turned over the CEO reins to his floundering campaign to Brietbart chief executive Steve Bannon, raising concerns the campaign might pull even further to the right.
Speaking with CNBC regular Steve Cortes, Reid addressed the troubling affiliation.
“Do you seem comfortable being in the same camp as some of the people,” Reid pressed Cortes. “The Southern Poverty Law Center has described the Trump campaign bringing Breitbart’s Bannon in as cozying up to the alt-right. And the explainer that Breitbart put up to explain who they are was written by a guy named Milo Yiannopoulos, who who is known as being sort of a guru to the alt-right — he’s one of the people who hounded a comedian from Saturday Night Live off the internet with racist invective.”
“They are white nationalists.” she continued. “Does that make you uncomfortable to be in the same camp with them?”
“Well, I would say they are nationalists,” he began. “I wouldn’t say they are white nationalists. And Milo, by the way, who you cite, is certainly the most known member of the alt-right, he’s very provocative. He’s also incredibly gay! And very, very public about it.”
“Does that mean he can’t be a white nationalist?” Reid stopped him. “You say he he can’t be gay and a white nationalist? Because you can.”
“No, but it argues against the idea that it’s an inherently sort of racist, retrograde white Christian –” Cortes countered before Reid cut him off again, asking, “What does being gay have to do with it? You can be gay and racist.”
An abashed Cortes backed off, remarking, “Fine, it’s a retrograde nationalist white southern movement,” before trailing off and then blurting, “Listen, I don’t want to defend the alt-right movement!”
Watch the video below via MSNBC:
Trump campaign in danger of having lawsuits thrown out over unpaid legal bills: report
According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump's cash-strapped campaign is frantically attempting to collect settlements in legal disputes because it needs the money to fund other lawsuits that are in danger of being dismissed.
Noting that the campaign of the embattled president is pressing Omarosa Manigault Newman to make a delinquent $52,000 payment for writing an unauthorized book about White House doings, the report explains the money is desperately needed.
‘Women didn’t like that’: Fox News host grills GOP chairwoman after Trump interrupts ‘145 times’ at debate
Fox News host Sandra Smith pressed Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday over the idea that President Donald Trump could be punished with a "mute button" after he repeatedly interrupted Democratic candidate Joe Biden at Tuesday's presidential debate.
During an interview on Fox News, Smith noted that the Commission on Presidential Debates is considering changing the rules due to the constant interruptions at the first debate between Biden and Trump.
"At any point when you were watching the debate, did you wish that perhaps President Trump didn't jump in there as much as he did?" Smith wondered.
Rod Rosenstein secretly crippled the Mueller investigation: report
According to a report from the New York Times, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had a hand in limiting the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians by secretly curtailing an FBI counterintelligence probe.
The report from Michael Schmidt of the Times begins by stating, "The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials," before adding, "But law enforcement officials never fully investigated Mr. Trump’s own relationship with Russia, even though some career F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators thought his ties posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them."