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.
“And if you don’t respect the immigration laws of the United States,” Cortes went on, “you don’t belong here.
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."