An outraged former Fox News host Eric Bolling angrily clapped back at a liberal black guest and stormed out of a BBC interview after she accused him of being racist and “ignorant” during a debate over Georgia’s new voting law.
To begin the segment, Bolling explained that in the U.S., politics has become very tribal in that there is an extreme right and extreme left that can find no middle ground.
He then said that every issue has become political, including “wearing a mask” and “a voting law in the state of Georgia,” the latter of which has “had ramifications within Major League Baseball.”
He went on to say that one of the primary functions of an American corporation is to grow in value for shareholders, but when CEOs become political and pick one side or the other, that “alienates” the other half of the country.
Liberals, Bolling then said, “have always used the boycott as a tool, a gun so to speak, pointing it at corporate CEOs heads saying, ‘If you listen to us and do things our way or we’ll boycott your product.’”
Conservatives, however, “have stepped away from that.”
“I believe the time has come now, the pendulum has swung so far into this woke culture, cancel culture, liberal Democrat world that conservatives now need to step up now and say we’re 50 percent of this country,” Bolling continued. “If we do what you’ve done, these corporate CEOs who are listening, catering to only one side, will have to step up and listen to it or lose half their sales.”
At that point, the BBC host brought in Aisha Mills, a progressive LGBTQ activist and political strategist who refuted Bolling’s statements as “rubbish.”
After disputing the notion that “holding corporations accountable is a problem,” she then targeted former President Donald Trump who called on his “crazy conservative people” to boycott Coca-Cola after the Atlanta-based beverage company spoke out against Georgia’s voter law.
Mills then said that corporations “should be on the side of democracy in the countries that they operate in” before going on to say that voting should not be made more difficult, regardless of political party or “who you are.”
“That is fundamental to what we’re talking about here. So what corporations are doing is they’re saying, ‘Yeah, we don’t want to get into the partisan muck, but at the end of the day, why is voting a partisan issue?’” Mills added.
“Conservatives have a problem with that though because when the game is fair, they lose,” she claimed, “which is why they’re always trying to rig the game.”
As the host swung back to Bolling to ask about boycotts, he interjected by noting that the MLB pulled its All-Star Game out of Atlanta “which is 50 percent African American, and they did it on the heels of what Aisha has been told, has been fed from the Biden administration that somehow this voting rule is bad for African Americans in the state of Georgia.”
As Bolling tried to explain that the league moved the game to Denver, which is slightly more than 9.7 percent black, Mills jumped in as the two began talking over each other. Being allowed to finish, Bolling went on to note that by pulling the game from Atlanta, the MLB deprived many black-owned businesses of tens of millions of dollars in total revenues.
The former Fox News host then reminded Mills that Democratic voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams and both Democratic U.S. senators from the state — “one of whom is African American” — have publicly said they disagreed with MLB’s decision to pull the game.
Asked to respond, Mills said, “I think it’s really rich for any Republican, especially a white man, to run around and claim they care about the economic condition of black communities and black businesses when that’s all a lie.”
“That is not fair!” Bolling interjected.. “That’s insulting! You don’t know me. You don’t know who I am.”
“I don’t work for the Biden administration, never have, but what I am is a black person in America,” Mills went on. “Everything that these voting laws stand for … is all about racial discrimination. How dare you try to act like you are somehow a proponent of black people and businesses just to make a point and try to create a wedge. It’s ignorant and it’s just disrespectful.”
“You know what? That’s disgusting,” an agitated Bolling responded. “I’m done. Put me off. That’s disgusting. I am nowhere near anything you are painting me to be, and the problem with American politics is exactly that. Because I’m white, you think I’m racist? That’s BS. I’m done.”
Bolling got up to leave but the host enticed him to return for one more question.
“I don’t know why I’m staying here,” Bolling said. “I need an apology.”
Mills replied, “I’m not going to apologize for being offended,” which led to Bolling leaving and ending the interview.