In a heated panel discussion on Thursday afternoon, CNN’s Angela Rye tore into a pair of Donald Trump supporters over their blithe dismissal of the fears currently gripping many Muslims, Latinos, LGBT people, women and other groups who are alarmed by the reality TV star’s election to the presidency.
“Shame on you,” said Rye, according to Mediaite. She was reacting to Trump supporter Steve Cortes’ statement that a young Latina who spoke to CNN said she is frightened about the threat of deportation.
After playing the clip of the woman’s statements, anchor Poppy Harlow asked Republican Paris Dennard what president-elect Trump can do to soothe these fears among the groups he maligned so stridently during his campaign.
Dennard said that it’s important that people know that he has received death threats as a black Trump supporter.
“There are many people on both sides,” Dennard said, “who are Muslim, who are African-American or Latino who are supporting Mr. Trump and who aren’t afraid.”
He went on to say that the people who are frightened right now have been listening too much to the fears propagated by the Clinton campaign in its effort to stop Trump.
“Paris, here’s the problem with what you’re saying,” Rye said. “These are Donald Trump’s own words. People are afraid because of his rhetoric, because of the ways that he ratcheted up people at his events. Perhaps there will be a distinction between candidate Trump and commander-in-chief Trump, but the biggest thing that we can rely upon is his record.”
She went on to talk about how Trump’s companies have mistreated minority employees and Trump’s extraordinary measures to persecute and assassinate the characters of the Central Park Five.
“We have real issues in this country and he has to say, ‘Basically everything I’ve said for decades and everything I said on the campaign trail, I didn’t mean.'” she said, before laying into Cortes for dismissive statements he made about the Latina woman’s fears.
“Steve Cortes who is on this segment with us,” said Rye, “shame on you for invalidating this young woman’s feelings — real fears about what it means to be undocumented in this country. Shame on you! To call a human being ‘illegal.’ Shame on you.”
“I did not invalidate her,” Cortes said. “If you are here illegally, you are illegal. If someone breaks into my house, they’re not an undocumented visitor. I say they are a burglar. Words matter.”
“You invalidated her feelings,” Rye insisted.