CNN’s attempt to portray President Donald Trump as a racist hit a brick wall as a panel of Republican women staunchly defended him.
The group of eight Trump supporters in Dallas, Texas were questioned by CNN’s Randi Kaye on the president’s recent tweets about progressive Democrats and whether they thought, as nearly everyone on the left, that his remarks were racist.
“It seems as though there is nothing that Donald Trump can do to shake these eight Republican women,” Kaye reported. “And even in this most recent controversy, they feel that these congresswomen are racist — and Donald Trump still has their full support.”
Kaye asked the women to weigh in on the controversy stemming from Trump’s criticism when he tweeted that several progressive freshmen House members should ”go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
The comments unleashed a war of words between Trump and Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, as well as House Democrats rallied by Speaker Nancy Pelosi who passed a resolution condemning the president.
The president has refused to back down, and on Wednesday referred to the first-term lawmakers as ‘The Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse.”
Trump keeps going; tweets label squad ‘Wack Jobs’ and ‘The Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse’ https://t.co/emsqNeul9L
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 17, 2019
“How many of you don’t think what the president said was racist?” Kaye asked the CNN panel.
Every single woman raised her hand.
“These eight Republican women from Dallas don’t see anything wrong with President Trump telling four Democratic congresswomen to go back where they came from,” Kaye narrated over the segment, which aired Tuesday night on “Anderson Cooper 360°,” and was played again Wednesday on “New Day.”
“He was saying that if they hate America so much because what we’re seeing out of them and hearing out of them, they hate America,” Dena Miller, one of the women on the panel, said. “If it’s so bad, there’s a lot of places they can go.”
“I’m a brown-skinned woman. I am a legal immigrant. I agree with him,” panelist Sharon Bolan said.
“You don’t think that’s racist to say that?” Kaye asked the panel.
“No, not at all,” Miller replied emphatically.
“Well, actually, I think it’s just — it’s a demonstration of how their ideology spills over. Even though they’re American now, so to speak, they’re not acting American,” Kathleen Lieberman said.
“I’m glad that the president said what he said because all they are doing is inciting hatred and division. He didn’t say anything about color,” another woman, Gina O’Briant, said.
“Isn’t that what the president does with some of his own comments — his own racist comments?” Kaye pressed.
“He didn’t say anything about color,” O’Briant clarified.
But Kaye was determined to get the women to see Trump’s words as racist.
“Let me just share with you the definition of ‘racism’ from Merriam Webster dictionary: ‘a belief that race is the primary determinate of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race,’” she read.
“Based on that definition, do you not think what the president has been saying —” Kaye began but was immediately overrun by comments from the panel as the women fired back.
“No. He dated a black woman for two years. Two of his wives are immigrants. He is not a xenophobic racist,” O’Briant declared.
Lieberman confronted Kaye about her “manipulative”questioning that was aimed at accusing the women rather than “extracting the truth.”
“Because when you say, ‘don’t you think he’s racist,’ you’re accusing us, you’re accusing him!” she said, prompting a very defensive Kaye to respond, “I’m not accusing you, I’m asking you what you think.”
“These congresswomen — these congresswomen who said they ran for Congress and ran for office because they explicitly love this country, you’re saying that’s a lie?” Kaye asked after more discussion.
“So they say,” one woman replied.
“You’re saying they hate this country?” Kaye asked.
“Yes,” one of them answered.
“Do you think it’s just a coincidence that these four congresswomen that the president is going after, none of them are white?” Kaye asked.
“Yes,” several of them replied.
“I don’t think it matters,” Peaches McGuire Coates replied. “It’s idiotic, what they’re saying, so it doesn’t matter if they’re black or white.”
“Why are they not racist?” Miller asked.
“How come they haven’t befriended one of their white female congresswomen colleagues? And let her join the group,” Miller told Kaye. “They don’t like white people. Come on! They’re racist.”
Kaye summed up the discussion to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, explaining that the women “believe that the president is simply standing up for America.”
“They believe that the congresswomen attacked the president. That the president was simply defending himself and this country. They believe that the congresswomen are the ones who are divisive,” Kaye recounted. “They also think that they should apologize to the president and that if they don’t like it here they should go back to where they came from.”
At the end of the panel segment, Kaye asked the women if they planned to vote for Trump in 2020.
“Absolutely,” they said, as every hand shot up again.
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