A discussion between conservative commentator Ben Ferguson and former Bill Clinton aide Keith Boykin devolved into a fiery exchange Thursday over whether Donald Trump’s numerous conflict of interest will mar his presidency.
“I think these will be concerns for the American people,” Boykin told CNN’s Erin Burnett, adding “ unfortunately we are not shocked about it because this is part of who Trump is.
“It’s time for us to call him to account and hold him accountable,” Boykin continued.
Boykin argued Trump hasn’t taken these issues seriously, arguing in order to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest the president-elect should “release his tax returns,” “create a blind trust” and “divest his portfolio.” Boykin noted until his does this a “cloud of suspicion” will hang over a Trump administration,
“The cloud of suspicion that you’re referring to is never going to go away from supporters, like you, of Hillary Clinton and others,” Ferguson countered.
“The American people decided on election day that there was not a cloud of suspicion over Donald Trump’s head,” Ferguson said. “In fact it was over Hillary Clinton’s head and that’s why she lost the election. For you to come in now and say you’ll respect him if he does these things and everyone’s going to think he’s suspicious … we just won the election, people decided that what you just said is wrong.”
“First of all, he lost the election by three million votes in the popular count,” Boykin countered as Ferguson tried to interject. “Secondly … if Hillary Clinton, had the same shady business dealings as Donald Trump had—“
Ferguson again tried to cut off Boykin.
“Excuse me, do you believe in freedom of speech or just your freedom of speech?” Boykin asked.
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