CNN tried but failed to get a focus group of Republican women to denounce President Trump’s recent tweets slamming four far-left congresswomen (known as “the Squad”) as racist.
As everyone on the planet is now surely aware, Trump blasted the women — without naming names — on Twitter Sunday, suggesting that “they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Many in the media have conveniently forgotten to mention his next line: “Then come back and show us how it’s done.” Trump’s tweets were understood to be targeting Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). All of the women except for Omar were born in the United States.
Broadcasting from Dallas, Texas, CNN’s Randi Kay put forth her best effort Tuesday night, but was unable to get anyone on the panel to agree that Trump is a racist.
“It seems as though there is nothing that Donald Trump can do to shake these eight Republican women,” Kaye declared at the start of the segment. “And even in this most recent controversy, they feel that these congresswomen are racist — and Donald Trump still has their full support.”
All eight women raised their hands when Kaye asked who thought Trump’s tweets were not racist.
“They hate America,” panelist Dena Miller said. “If it’s so bad, there’s a lot of places they can go.”
Kaye seemed taken aback when another panelist said, “I’m a brown-skinned woman, I am a legal immigrant, I agree with him.”
“You don’t think that’s racist?” Kaye asked.
No, not at all,” the woman replied.
Another woman suggested that it is the Squad’s far-left ideology that makes them seem un-American to conservatives — not their skin color: “It’s a demonstration of how their ideology spills over, even though they’re American now — so to speak — they’re not acting American,” she explained.
One of the GOP voters said the left-wing congresswomen were “inciting hatred and division — and that’s not what our country is about.”
“Don’t you think that’s what the president is doing with his racist comments?” Kaye pressed.
“But he didn’t say anything about color,” the woman replied. Another panelist chimed in, saying “the president is not racist” and that he loves all people “across the board.”
The CNN host then read the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of “racism,” apparently under the mistaken impression that it buttressed her argument.
“A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race,” she said, quoting Merriam-Webster.
Of course, nothing the Trump said in his tweets — or has ever said — suggests that he believes in the superiority of any particular race.
Kaye asked the panelists: “Based on that definition, do you not think that what the president has been saying …”
The women jumped in to disagree before Kaye could finish her question.
“He dated a black woman for two years, two of his wives are immigrants,” said Gina O’Briant. “He is not a xenophobic racist.”
“The first black billionaire is endorsing Trump. How can you call him racist?” another woman asked.
She was referring to media mogul Robert Johnson, who said in a recent video that the Democrat party has moved too far to the left and gave Trump an A+ on the economy.
“I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large number of Americans,” Johnson said on CNBC, last week. Overall, if you look at the U.S. economy, if you look at the number of people who are no longer looking for jobs but are now seeing the opportunity for job growth, you’ve got to give the president an A+ for that.”
Perhaps because of this, the president has enjoyed historic approval ratings among black voters.
Kaye pointed out that the congresswomen claim they ran for office “because they explicitly love this country,” seeming to take them at their word.
But the Republican panelists were skeptical.
“So they say,” one woman said.
“You’re saying they hate this country?” Kaye asked.
“Yes,” another woman replied.
“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 the women replied in unison.
Dena Miller, one of the Republicans on the panel, asked why none of four congresswomen were white.
“Why are they not racist?” she asked. “How come they haven’t befriended one of their white, female, congresswoman colleagues?”
“Because they won’t,” one of the Republicans said. “That’s a good point,” another added.
“Because they don’t like white people,” Miller concluded. “They’re racist.”
CNN tries to convince 8 Republican women that Trump is a racist
All 8 say he's not a racist
“I’m a brown-skinned woman. I am a legal immigrant. I agree with him”
“I’m glad [Trump] said what he said because all they are doing is inciting hatred”pic.twitter.com/rOv0zsrKxb
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 17, 2019
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