A CNN panel discussed this morning the recent white supremacist conference that chanted “Heil Trump.”
Conservative commentator Carl Higbie noted that Trump had not yet denounced the latest incident because he has been too busy denouncing the protesters “tearing down local businesses.” As Mediaite noted, he then claimed that the GOP is the party that “freed the slaves” and the party that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. belonged to.
CNN contributor Angela Rye couldn’t take anymore. “My history is clear. Your history is ass backwards!” she exclaimed. “Let me help you. The Republican Party is not the party of the 13th and 14th and 15th amendment. Your party is the one pushing forth voter suppression legislation all throughout this country. Your party is the one who helps ensure that Shelby v. Holder would gut the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Your party is the one in Pennsylvania where a GOP legislator said these laws were put in place to ensure that Republicans would win back the House, the Senate, the presidency. Let’s be clear. Your party is living and thriving off of oppression.”
That’s when the fight began between the two. The conversation about the conference and whether the alt-right was simply a rebranding of white supremacy devolved into what both parties represented.
Rye talked about reparations and Higbie attacked them as “the most ridiculous un-American statement I’ve ever heard.”
CNN host John Berman ultimately had to cut in and try to bring it back to the original topic. “We have shifted a little far afield,” he said. Berman then asked the two panelists if they would denounce the Nazi salutes. Both agreed that it was racist and anti-Semitic.
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