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CNN and one of its reporters were slammed for attacking President Trump as a “racial flame-thrower” and analyzing his “appeal to white voters.”
During a discussion following Wednesday’s Republican National Convention, CNN host Anderson Cooper spoke with a panel of guests which included political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson who presented a head-scratching argument about Trump’s message to white voters that “you won’t have to share that power in his America.”
Henderson explained “exactly what happened” when the Missouri couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, had defended their St. Louis home from protesters after Cooper criticized the RNC speakers for not addressing the 17-year-old who was arrested for a shooting in Wisconsin Tuesday during protests in which two people were killed and a third was seriously injured.
“They drew guns on people who were outside their home on a sidewalk because they were black. I mean, that’s exactly what happened in that instance,” Henderson claimed of the McCloskeys.
“And that is the message, I think, that Donald Trump wants to deliver to, particularly, white people. That he is the one standing between the lawlessness of black and brown people and he is the one that can essentially help white Americans maintain their status,” CNN’s senior political reporter continued.
She went on, unchallenged, to claim outrageously that Trump gets black people to “vouch for him and say that he’s not a racist,” warning that the approach “could very well work” among voters because of “some anxiety among white Americans about the changing demographics of this country.”
“There is some anxiety about sharing power with different groups in this country. And you have Donald Trump saying that — to white America, you won’t have to share that power in his America,” Henderson continued.
“So I think, listen, he has been able to reinvent himself to white audiences throughout his career, particularly white evangelicals, who see him in some ways as a messianic kind of figure,” she claimed. “There are white Americans who very much want to believe in Donald Trump, so they could very well believe in this version of Donald Trump that was presented here that is patently false and patently at odds with the Donald Trump we know and have seen over these last many years.”
Cooper chimed in to contend that the RNC speeches Wednesday were aimed at giving “permission to more moderate white voters who might be willing to vote for Donald Trump” while pushing the message that he isn’t racist.
“I actually think it’s both,” Henderson replied.
“It is particularly black men. You saw all those black men that are featured. There are no women. Black women, right? We talk about him going after women. He’s really just going after white women. I don’t think a single black woman has stood live on the podium area at all,” she said.
“Maybe that will happen at some other point. But they are very, very consistently and strategically going after black men and talking about some of the things that Joe Biden has said and done because there is a history of black men voting for Donald Trump,” Henderson added.
“So it is that, and it is also this sort of indirect appeal to white moderates as well who wants to feel comfortable voting for a man who is someone who is a racial flame thrower and likes to race bait,” she said.
During CNN’s post-convention coverage the night before, Henderson had ranted about racism, accusing Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who is black, and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, an Indian-American, of being racial tokens for Republicans.
“It’s sort of an indirect appeal to white voters when you kind of put black issues, black people, black Republicans front and center, as we saw happen tonight,” Henderson told Cooper. “I mean, on the whole, the Republican Party actually isn’t very diverse. It sort of seemed a little diverse tonight with Tim Scott making that final sort of keynote address and Nikki Haley making a kind of keynote address. But by and large, you know, this is a party that is right now based on sort of white identitarianism.”
Henderson’s ridiculous claims on Wednesday set off another wave of backlash on social media. Radio host Jason Rantz slammed Henderson in a tweet saying she “seems incredulous” that black Trump supporters “don’t believe America is racist. Then pretends it’s racist to be against burning down cities.”
Talk about spreading disinformation and conspiracy theories
— T-Covfefe (@MyPlace4U) August 27, 2020
The other 3 are like WTF is she saying.
— MyManDan (@HuskyMania8) August 27, 2020
That’s really all they’ve got at this point!
— Lexie Johnson 🇺🇸✝️ (@harleylexx) August 27, 2020
Clearly she has less than a passing familiarity with reality. 🙄
— Jill (@pprfaces) August 27, 2020
The fact she can say that with a straight face is pretty impressive. I kept watching her nose to see if it was growing 🤣
— roti124 (@Roti_124) August 27, 2020
Doesn’t surprise me. The Left will say anything negative who isn’t on their side. But, this attack on citizens defending themselves legally is clearly a new low.
— Amy 🇺🇸 (@Kearney9) August 27, 2020
They are trying to make trump a racist again bc of the black support he is getting
— Anti-Left (@Fuckgsw2) August 27, 2020
I am outraged that @CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson had the nerve to say on @AC360 that white people don’t want to see progress in the lives of black people and nobody called her out on her bigoted remark! Racist rhetoric should NEVER be tolerated… #BLM #STFU
— AControversialView (@Controversial_2) August 27, 2020
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