President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN’s Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump’s latest CNN shill cried “political correctness.”
“Look, I suspect he didn’t want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended,” Navarro said. “But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics — they are one and the same.”
She explained that there are so many Hispanic children being bullied in schools and told to “go back where they came from,” so the last thing Trump should be doing is to question someone’s allegiance to America.
“White supremacists are driving hours and hours to hunt down Hispanics echoing some of the same themes that Trump has been saying,” Navarro continued, recalling the El Paso shooting. “He could be more careful. That’s why words matter. Because it’s important to highlight right now that Hispanics are America. It is not a choice. It’s not either-or. It’s not who you love more. Hispanics love America. They are America.”
Republican Trump supporter Adolfo Franco was asked about Trump’s comment that Cortes looked more like a WASP (a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant) than Latino. He claimed it was all just a joke and claimed it was more liberal political correctness run amok because people don’t find racism funny.
“I think people have to lighten up a bit,” he said. “Ana you can join us next week at the White House, the president is having us over to celebrate Hispanic week.”
“Thanks, I’ll pass,” Navarro said. “I’ll go when there’s a president who doesn’t call Hispanics criminals and rapists.”
Franco then made the argument that immigrants were criminals and rapists. He went on to quote comedian Bill Maher, who often parrots the Republican talking point that liberals are too sensitive to racist attacks.
Navarro said that she refuses to hold a president to the same account as a late-night comedian.
“Are you ever offended by what he says and would speak more eloquently about minorities?” Lemon asked Franco.
“I’m not offended. Steve said earlier today I’m looking at the results of the policies,” Franco said. “For unemployment. And the things he said in this particular clip you ran. I love Hispanics. With people behind him saying Latinos for Trump. The president does joke. That’s his style. That’s not racist.”
Navarro cut in to unleash on the president’s well-documented racism.
“If he doesn’t want to be offended, that’s his prerogative. I’m offended,” she said. “Who calls Central American countries S-holes and invaders? And I’m offended by a president who calls Mexicans rapist and criminals.”
“You were offended he was elected,” Franco said.
“I am offended he was elected!” she shouted. “I’m offended that a racist who peddles hostility. And boasting about grabbing a woman’s pussy got elected. Hell yeah, I’m offended. It cheapens the presidency!”
Lemon’s show went to commercial but Navarro could still be heard shouting down Franco’s absurdity.
‘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."