A CNN panel with four black commentators quickly spiralled into a shouting match after Keith Boykin remarked that he was ashamed of President Donald Trump surrogate Paris Dennard “as an African American.”
The comment came as the panel was discussing Trump’s response to the outbreak of violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“I am well aware of my blackness and don’t need you to classify me as being one,” Dennard shot back.
“Are you?” Boykin asked.
“Keith, don’t go there. Do not go there!” Dennard replied. “I know what it means to be a black man in this country. And I experience racism on a regular basis by being a Trump supporter and a proud American who happens to be a Republican.”
“So that’s the racism you experience? From being a Trump supporter?” Boykin interrupted.
“Let me finish!” Dennard said. “I get racist comments about my family, about my mother, about my girlfriend, about my character, every single day, mostly coming from black people, Keith.”
Dennard added — as Boykin continued to interrupt — that his family had faced racist violence from the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia.
“Paris, you are going off the rails here,” Boykin interjected, adding he was obviously “very sensitive” about the topic.
CNN host Brooke Baldwin tried repeatedly to calm the two down, but was unsuccessful.
“You disrespect African Americans every day when you come on here on this show,” Boykin told Dennard.
Baldwin briefly regained control of the segment, and told the two men to take their conversation off camera. But they began arguing once again, with Boykin insisting Dennard needed to “shut up.”
Baldwin buried her face in her palms.
“This is where we are now in this country?” Baldwin asked.
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Portland police search for white man who kicked Black journalist in the head at ‘Proud Boys’ rally
On Saturday, the far-right group the "Proud Boys" held a rally at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon.
Zane Sparling, of The Portland Tribune documented the scene, with many attendees wearing militia dress.
Sparling captured video of a man pushing a Black journalist to the ground and kicking him in the head:
Man pushes live-streamer to the ground and kicks him in the face at Proud Boys is rally in Portland pic.twitter.com/SAdHShqir3
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) linked the nomination to the Affordable Care Act and the COVID-19 pandemic.
"A vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to eliminate health care for millions in the middle of a pandemic," Schumer wrote. "Democrats are fighting for Americans' health care."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, ripped the nomination for coming so close to the election.
Senate Republicans attempt to brand Amy Coney Barrett as the ‘Notorious ACB’
The campaign arm for Senate Republicans is raising money by attempting to brand conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett as the "Notorious A.C.B."
The scheme is an attempt appropriate Ruth Bader Ginsburg's famous nickname -- The Notorious R.B.G. -- for a jurist nothing like the late Supreme Court justice.
T-shirts with "Notorious A.C.B." are being given out for donations between $25 and $5,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The website where the T-shirts are sold says the money will go to the "Supreme Court Defense Fund."
"Democrats will do ANYTHING to stop President Trump and Senate Republicans from filling the Supreme Court vacancy," the website argues. "Protecting our Majority has never been more important. HELP!"