On Monday night, columnist Charles Blow got heated when discussing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s condescending outreach to black Americans.
“Donald Trump is a bigot,” Blow said to Trump’s National Diversity Coalition chairman Bruce Lavell during CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.
“Name one statement that you’ve heard Donald Trump say about African-Americans,” challenged Lavell.
“First of all, be quiet,” said Blow, “the way I was quiet when you were talking. That’s how this works. It’s a dialogue.”
“Name one,” pressed Lavell. “Name one.”
After a moment of cross-talking and host Don Lemon urging Lavell to hold his tongue, Blow said in exasperation, “Who is this person? And why is he on TV?”
“Here’s the deal,” he said. “Donald Trump is a bigot. There’s no other way to get around it.”
“Wow,” Lavell said.
“Anybody who accepts that,” he said, “supports it. Anybody who supports it is promoting it — and that makes you part of the bigotry itself. Now you have to decide whether or not you want to be part of the bigotry that is Donald Trump.”
He went on, “You have to decide whether you want to be part of the sexism and misogyny that is Donald Trump. You have to decide whether you want to be part of the bullying that would allow him to make fun of one of my disabled colleagues at the New York Times. You have to decide that. There is no other space for you. There is no place for you to say, ‘I’m going to put that to the side because I believe in conservative principles.'”
“Your party has now decided that this is your person,” Blow said. “This con man is your front man. And you have to decide whether you’re going to follow that.”
Lavell said, “Well, Charles, I’m sorry that you can’t answer the question.”
“I don’t know you. And I don’t want to talk to you,” Blow responded. “And I don’t want to answer your questions.”
Lavell went on to accuse the Clinton campaign by way of Blow of distorting the public’s perception of Donald Trump.
“I’m not part of the Clinton campaign,” said Blow. “I’m a black man in America. And I know a bigot when I see a bigot. And you are supporting a bigot. And that makes you part of the bigotry that is Donald Trump.”
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