A former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus accused critics of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of being animated by racism.
Here's what she said
Angela Rya, a frequent guest on CNN, angrily denounced critics of Waters and her call for liberal activists to continue harassing members of the administration of President Donald Trump.
"The point is very simple," Rya angrily exclaimed to CNN's Erin Burnett. "I demand that people stop requiring Congresswoman Waters to behave in one way while everybody else can do something else! Nancy Pelosi says let's make America beautiful again - whose America is she talking about?"
"Steve at the beginning of this program said this isn't America," she continued, "this is - what America are you talking about? Childish Gambino artfully told you what America is and what it looks like!"
Rye was referring to the rap artist moniker of Donald Glover and the graphically violent video to his recent popular release, "This is America."
"Let's deal with the distinctions that we all see," she continued, "because some of us see a very different America. The fact that Chuck Schumer called what a black woman said un-American is problematic and this is the reason why Democrats have a hard time uniting the base!"
"This black woman is intimidating!"
"But can he not say that just because of the color of her skin?" Burnett protested.
"It has everything to do with the fact that this black woman is intimidating to some people who can't handle the truth," Rye responded, "that's what it has, it has everything to do with that!"
"So what are you saying," Burnett asked quizzically, "he wouldn't have said to a white person?"
'Cmon Erin, there's time and time again," Rye exclaimed, "we can look at Donald Trump's tweets - he's intimidated by Jemele Hill, he's intimidated by Fredericka Wilson, he's intimidated by Maxine Waters, overwhelmingly and disproportionately so, it has everything to do with race!"
Here's the video of Rye's comments:
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"This is the America of lynch mobs too!"
"And that is why I find Chuck Schumer's comments deplorable and offensive!" Rye continued. "It's un-American why? It's un-American why? Because what America are you talking about? This is the America of lynch mobs too!!"
"Like, let's be very clear, and she didn't call for violence," Rye claimed, "Donald Trump did!"
Rye was referring to the ESPN analyst who called Trump a white supremacist, Rep. Fredericka Wilson (R-Fla.) who accused the president of insensitive comments to a Gold Star widow, and Waters, who has called for Trump's impeachment since the beginning of his term.
Both Pelosi and Schumer decried what sounded like a call for activists to continue harassing Trump officials in the wake of the controversy surrounding a restaurant denying service to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.