Bryan Cranston, Chris Wallace and Bill Maher may sound like the beginning of a joke, and in some ways it was after the former appeared on the shows of the latter two, leading to his conclusion that the MAGA slogan is inherently racist.
The “Breaking Bad” actor’s assessment came to bear when he appeared on Wallace’s CNN program “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” where the host brought up a “tussle” with comedian Maher.
Cranston appeared momentarily surprised with the suggestion that there had been conflict during his earlier appearance on Maher’s “Club Random” podcast until he realized the topic of discussion was “critical race theory and wokeness.”
“When you look at the political discourse in our country today,” Wallace posited to his guest as he suppressed an earlier smile, “and the role that media plays in it, what do you think?”
Referring to the teaching of CRT as “imperative” Cranston danced around an argument that painted MAGA Republicans as worse than Nazis by contending “Germany has looked at their history” and said “This is how it went wrong. This is why it can’t go wrong again.” Whereas he believes “the United States really hasn’t.”
“How did we get to a point where we treated other human beings as slaves? And, and we’re okay with that,” the actor continued as though the practice were invented by the Founding Fathers and not something many actively worked toward abolishing.
It was then that he took a shot not only at the MAGA movement but at the very notion of American exceptionalism as he determined, “When I see the ‘Make America Great Again,’ my comment is, do you, do you — do you accept that that could possibly be construed as a racist remark? And most people, a lot of people go, ‘How could that be racist, Make America Great Again?’ I said, so just ask yourself from, from an African-American experience, when was it ever great in America for the African-American? When was it great? So if you’re making it great again, it’s not including them.”
“So it’s, it’s to teach us in the woke world to open up and accept the possibilities that our privilege has created blind spots for us,” he added, embracing the preferred language of leftists. “And maybe I haven’t seen what is really happening yet in all my years.”
In January, when Cranston had been a guest on Maher’s podcast, the actor had elaborated that teaching CRT meant “teaching how the race trade and racism is systemic in everything we’ve done in government, in social activities.”
BlazeTV host Jason Whitlock was among those who dug in on the actor’s suggestion that “being black is terrible” with a quick post about his own experience while others pointed to some basic facts.
1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s were great for me and I was poor in the 70s and 80s. These white liberals think being black is terrible. https://t.co/eFB490IdbF
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) February 27, 2023
America is so bad for black Americans that immigration of people who identify as black has gone up drastically decade over decade.
— Viva Frei (@thevivafrei) February 26, 2023
It was always great, bc even though human biases & injustices are a given,America has always been a country where those who were oppressed could walk a path to freedom and Liberty. It was great that American laws and society enabled the end of slavery, civil rights opportunity.
— Nicholas Tutora (@Tutora2020) February 27, 2023
Meanwhile, others called him out for inadvertently positioning himself as the “white savior.”
Bryan Cranston thinks that black people need to be coddled like babies and he’s their white savior. He’s the real racist.
— Steve Graves (@SteveGRadio) February 26, 2023
The assumption that black people have to see the world a certain way just because they’re black is ironically more racist than all the junk he’s talking about. Cause that’s a foundational assumption that people’s character and reactions are based on a certain skin color.… https://t.co/VhSRXyJyFX
— Just Jenn (@ZoeLightly) February 26, 2023
Only stupid racist people “construe” it that way.
— James Bradley (@JamesBradleyCA) February 26, 2023
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