A CNN panel went completely off the rails during a discussion about the white supremacist convention that took place over the weekend, which featured Nazi salutes and chants of “Heil Trump.”
While everyone on the panel agreed that the white supremacist shindig was deplorable, conservative commentator Carl Higbie argued that it is no big deal that Trump hasn’t denounced these bigots, who he described as “idiots.” He insisted that Trump has “denounced” white supremacists before and doesn’t need to do it every time something like this happens. Nevermind that the condemnations can only be characterized as half-assed at best and that there have been 700 hate crimes since he won the election.
Higbie decided to argue that it was the Republican party that was responsible for ending slavery. He then insisted that the Republican party was the party of Dr. Martin Luther King and that’s when liberal commentator Angela Rye lost it. After telling Higbie that his “history is ass backwards,” she took the opportunity to enlighten him a little.
“My history is clear. Your history is ass backwards! Let me help you. The Republican Party is not the party of the 13th and 14th and 15th amendment. Your party is the one pushing forth voter suppression legislation all throughout this country. Your party is the one who helps ensure that Shelby v. Holder would gut the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Your party is the one in Pennsylvania where a GOP legislator said these laws were put in place to ensure that Republicans would win back the House, the Senate, the presidency. Let’s be clear. Your party is living and thriving off of oppression.”
And then, all hell broke loose. Higbie came up with one outlandish argument after another, shifting the conversation so far away from the original topic that the host finally had to step in. Rye was ready for him at every turn, though, and managed to completely wipe the floor with Higbie and his steady stream of bullshit.
CNN host John Berman closed the segment by finding the one small piece of common ground that everyone could agree on: They all denounce the Nazi salute.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.