According to CNN contributor and pro-Trump commentator Scottie Nell Hughes, Hillary Clinton’s abhorrence of bigots and racists qualifies as the textbook “definition of bigotry.”
The comment came during a panel discussion on CNN Sunday morning. Jamil Smith, an MTV correspondent, argued that Trump’s decision to bring former Breitbart bigwig Stephen Bannon on as the campaign’s CEO is proof that the Republican nominee’s campaign amounts to a “rebranding of white supremacy.”
“I would say that [Breitbart is] part of the white supremacist machine,” Smith said. “They are trying to make sure these views become mainstream. And I think, through Trump, they are finding a way to do that.”
Hughes said the media was guilty of “redefining what fair means in this election” before she regurgitated Trump’s claim that Hillary is the real bigot.
“Hillary Clinton’s problem, she’s having a problem with engagement,” Hughes insisted. “And she’s worried about in November, the same very valuable demographic of the African-American vote is not going to be as engaged as they were in 2008 and 2012 to get out and vote.”
In Hughes’ opinion, Trump was justified when he called Clinton a “bigot” because the definition of the word is much broader than just racial discrimination. (Insert eye roll here.) She also added that white supremacists only make up a small part of Breitbart’s loyal following.
Bigotry, if you look at the definition, it’s about someone who’s small-minded and sits there and directs hate towards a certain group,” she explained. “Hillary Clinton’s speech [attacking alt-right conservatives] was all about hate towards a group that, while my fellow counterpart might consider them to be very racist, it’s the exact opposite.”
“These are God-fearing, baby-loving, gun-toting, military-supporting, school choice-advocating Americans!” Hughes added. “And just because maybe there might be some, a part of a very small fringe group [of white supremacists] that read Breitbart — by sitting there and saying the entire website is white supremacy is kind of ridiculous as saying just because you have people that are anarchists and communists that read the Huffington Post, calling that newspaper establishment, [is like] saying that they’re pro-anarchy and they’re against the United States government.”
Smith then argued that based purely on the content of the far-right publication, Breitbart’s penchant for white supremacism is downright undeniable.
“What they present is the view of the white supremacist mentality through their coverage,” he observed. “It’s not necessarily saying, ‘Well, everyone who works there is a white supremacist.’ I don’t know that.”
“The point is to say, what kind of viewpoint did they reflect? And it’s undeniable that they reflect a white supremacist view if you looked over their coverage over the last several years.”
Watch the segment here:
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