A Democratic U.S. representative took time on the House floor Wednesday to skewer NBC News and MSNBC for what he considers to be the tossing aside of minority hosts.
Luis Gutierrez of Illinois — appearing next to a sign bearing the hashtag #NBCSoWhite which plays off the recent #OscarsSoWhite uproar — discussed the departure of Melissa Harris-Perry, how Jose Diaz-Balart is much harder to find on the network and Alex Wagner's show getting cancelled as examples of MSNBC becoming less diverse.
"I don't think these are isolated cases," he said.
He also noted what he called the “great NBC racism flip-flop” when the network severed ties with Donald Trump over his "racist remarks about Latinos" and then had the Republican frontrunner host "Saturday Night Live." Gutierrez also recalled the awkward meeting between NBC execs and Hispanic lawmakers in the wake of Trump's "SNL" appearance when network news president Deborah Turness uttered the term "illegals" and added, "We love the Hispanic community…Yo hablo espanol."
Here's the clip of Gutierrez's remarks: