On Friday, an old yearbook surfaced which showed Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, and another man wearing blackface and a Ku Klux Klan robe.
CNN host Erin Burnett discussed the development with a panel that included Trump defender Stephen Moore.
Moore attempted to change the subject from Northam’s racism to his comments about a controversial abortion bill.
“I live in Virginia. I follow Virginia politics. He was—you want to talk about a politician that had a bad week, you kind of didn’t exactly report what happened this week when I think it was quoted as relaxed abortion restrictions,” said Moore. “This was a bill that he supported that literally — almost allows an abortion up until you cut the umbilical cord. He’s under assault for that. That was an worse offense than this picture.”
The entire panel shook their heads about Moore’s comments.
Panelist Keith Boykin stepped up to confront him.
“Steve we’re here to talk about the issue of racism,” he said. “I know you would like to divert the issue to a conversation more comfortable to you about abortion or something. The reality is contemptible.”
“Let’s focus on the issue, please,” said panelist April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks.
“As I said before, Roy Moore was out there defending slavery and the Confederate flag. You have Ron DeSantis in Florida saying racist things. Democrats have been critical of Republicans for things they have said presently and in the past that have been racist and offensive. I think we have to speak with moral clarity and one voice and say this is wrong. We don’t have double standards. I said the same thing we’re talking about other issues in the past,” said Boykin.
Ivanka bashed by CNN guest for jumping into Trump’s racism scandal late and trying to make herself look good
Appearing on CNN, the author of a piece in The Atlantic on Ivanka Trump's disappearing act whenever her father, President Donald Trump, does something offensive, said the first daughter likes to pick her spots when she can be "part of the show."
Speaking with CNN host Ana Cabrera, journalist Elaina Plott said Ivanka's influence on her father has been overstated since the beginning of his presidency and she moves into the public eye when it benefits her.
CNN host forced to explain to Republican Rick Santorum why Trump’s attack on Democratic lawmakers was racist
During an appearance on CNN's "New Day" -- along with fellow Republican Charlie Dent (PA) -- ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) received a lecture from host John Berman on why Donald Trump's tweets and attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were racist.
While Dent revealed that down-ticket Republicans running for re-election in 2020 are "terrified" that Trump's descent into overt racism as a campaign strategy may kill their chances of holding their seats, Santorum said he was disgusted with the whole spectacle while saying he didn't see the attacks as racist.
Asked about the president's attacks, Santorum tried to brush them away and blame the recipients of Trump's ire.
New revelation in Trump’s involvement in Stormy Daniels hush money payoff is an impeachable offense: CNN panel
A CNN panel convened to discuss new evidence that shows Donald Trump was heavily involved in the plot to keep his affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels secret before the 2016 election concluded that it is one more impeachable offense.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, CNN commentator Errol Louis said that the newly revealed texts messages and phone-calls between former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and Trump aide Hope Hicks prove that the then-candidate was in the thick of it before the election.
"He did know, Errol," host Berman explained. "All the evidence is he knew. There's all these phone calls, there are the checks. There's Michael Cohen's testimony. The evidence says the president was lying to the American people."