On Tuesday, CNN reporter Randi Kaye interviewed a group of eight Texas GOP women about President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on four black and brown congresswomen who have criticized him. And they broadly refused to accept that his behavior was racist.
“How many of you don’t think what the president said was racist, raise your hand?” said Kaye, continuing in a voiceover, “These eight Republican women from Dallas don’t see anything wrong with President Trump telling four Democratic Congress to go back to where they came from.
“He was saying if they hate America so much because what we’re seeing out of them and hearing out of them, they hate America,” said one woman. “If it’s so bad, there’s a lot of places they can go.”
“I’m a browned skin woman, I am a legal immigrant. I agree with him,” said another.
“I’m glad that the president said what he said because all they are doing is they are — they are inciting hatred and division and that’s not what our country is about,” said one.
“Isn’t that what the president does with some of his own comments, his own racist comments?” Kaye pushed back.
“He didn’t say anything about color,” one protested.
“We know the president is not racist,” said another. “He loves people from Hispanics to black people, all across the board.”
“Let me share with you the definition of racism from the Meriam Webster dictionary,” said Kaye. “Racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Based on that definition, do you not think what the president is saying—”
“He dated a black woman for two years,” said one woman. “Two of his wives are immigrants. He is not a racist.”
“If the first black billionaire is endorsing President Trump, how can you call him racist?” said another.
“These congresswomen that said they ran for Congress, ran for office because they explicitly love this country, you’re saying that’s a lie?” said Kaye. The room broadly agreed.
“Do you think it’s a coincidence these four congresswomen the president is going after, none of them are white?” said Kaye
“I don’t think it matters. It’s idiotic,” said one woman. “It doesn’t matter if they are white, man, woman, brown, yellow, anything.”
“I wish there was a white one that they — if they aren’t racist, how come they haven’t befriended one of their white female congresswomen colleagues and let her join?” said another woman, apparently missing the point that they are being grouped together specifically because the president attacked them by name, not because they only arbitrarily decided to be friends with each other.
“They won’t,” agreed another woman. “They don’t like white people, come on. They are racist.”
‘They offered him no humanity’: Floyd family attorney rips Minneapolis for adding ‘insult to injury’
On Friday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Ben Crump, the attorney for the family of George Floyd, expressed his outrage at how local officials are handling the case — and demanded harsher prosecution of the officers responsible.
"The family does not trust the Minneapolis Police Department or anybody affiliated with the Minneapolis Police Department, Anderson," said Crump. "Remember the first report that came out, they gave so much false information in that report, talking about George was resisting. George was threatening, saying that he died of a medical condition. Never once mentioning the fact that this officer had his knee on his neck, not just for one minute, two minutes, three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, six minutes, seven minutes but for eight minutes ... people need to understand, the last eight minutes of his life he was struggling to breathe, telling them I couldn't breathe, and they offered him no humanity."
WATCH: Protester scales Secret Service building to spray-paint profane anti-Trump message
On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing "F**K TRUMP" on the edifice.
Some commenters on social media noticed, and tweeted their support for the protester.
CNN’s Jim Acosta walks through all the times Trump has ‘thrown gasoline’ on racial tension
On CNN Friday, following President Donald Trump's abrupt exit from a press conference following a racially charged tweet, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down President Donald Trump's history of stoking racial tensions during moments of crisis.
"He is trying to clean up this tweet that he posted last night," said Acosta. "First, just what the president said a few moments ago. He said the looters in Minneapolis should not be able to drown out the voice of so many peaceful protesters. That, obviously, is a very mild version of what he was trying to say or he claims he was trying to say last night when he tweeted, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." That obviously is an expression steeped in all kinds of ugliness. The Miami Police chief back in 1967, when there was unrest in that city, used that expression. George Wallace, the segregationist, used words like that in 1968."