CNN panelist slams Trump over white supremacist followers: ‘Use those Twitter fingers’ to denounce them
A CNN panel on Friday morning addressed the important question of the white supremacist movement that was emboldened by President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign and victory.
After a heated argument between Trump and Hillary Clinton aides on Thursday night at the post-election Harvard University forum, the conversation is still raw.
On Thursday night, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and Clinton staffer Jenn Palmieri went at it after the latter called the Trump campaign a vehicle for “white supremacists.”
Political commentator and former Bernie Sanders staffer Symone Sanders addressed this same question on CNN with host Carol Costello, and fellow commentators Tara Setmayer and Scottie Nell Hughes.
Costello shared a clip of Trump’s Dec. 1 rally in Cincinnati in which he condemns bigotry. She said, “What he said on 6o Minutes, ‘Just stop it,’ somehow that was more effective.”
Sanders responded, “Well I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The people that needed to hear what Donald Trump said on 60 Minutes aren’t watching 60 Minutes. Kudos for Mr. Trump saying what was written into his speech last night, but I agree with Tara here. We need more.”
“I wish that he would use those Twitter fingers,” she continued, adding that she wishes he would “speak directly to denouncing the white supremacists.”
“I also think actions matter, and I am sorry, Steve Bannon ran the white nationalist, white supremacist website Breitbart,” she said. Sanders noted how the website has a section called “Black Crime,” and the outlet has “disparaged Jews and women.”
Sanders said, “He is now going to be in the White House. We have put white supremacy in the White House thanks to Donald Trump.”
Costello then addressed Hughes to answer a question about how Bannon cancelled his appearance at Thursday night’s Harvard forum at the last minute. “Wouldn’t it have been better for [him] to be at that event?” she asked.
Hughes essentially responded that whatever he would say at the forum wouldn’t have changed minds anyway. Setmayer responded that him not feeling safe at a Harvard post-election symposium speaks volumes.
Watch the full segment below.