CNN guest Angela Rye had a contentious debate with Gina Loudon, a Trump supporter, over renewed claims that President Donald Trump harbors racist views.
‘Nobody wants to go work for a racist!’
Rye was vociferously criticizing the administration for its lack of African-American leaders, when she took offense at Loudon speaking about her adopted minority son in the context of the debate. Rye was the former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“I’m telling you that it’s a problem in this White House with the staff and the reason why it’s because it’s slim pickings, you know why?” Rye asked rhetorically. “Because nobody wants to go work for a racist!
“There’s not a single senior black person in the White House,” she continued, “and don’t you dare say to me Ben Carson, because he doesn’t work there. And how dare his gifted hands, who’s a brain surgeon, and who has never done anything on a construction project, become the secretary of Housing and Urban Development!”
“This whole administration is nonsense,” she exclaimed, “just like your talking points!”
‘I have a adopted minority son…’
“Yeah, you know Angela, I understand your feelings on this,” Loudon began, “but here’s my point…”
“No you don’t!” interjected Rye.
“I have a adopted minority son, yes I do, who happens to have Down’s syndrome,” Loudon explained.
Rye rolled her eyes dismissively at the mention of Loudon’s son.
“And he experiences bigotry every single day in a myriad of ways,” Loudon continued, “not just because of his skin color but also because of his disability.”
“And I understand that you and I don’t agree,” she added, “but I wouldn’t support a president that I believed was going to be a threat to his future…”
“But you are!” Rye interrupted.
“America never has been great!”
Loudon said that Rye was focusing on the negative and dismissing the positive such as the low unemployment rate for blacks, and compared her comments to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying, “America has never been great.”
“America never has been great!” Rye interjected. “And it’s not great because people like you come on and lie for the president of the United States, and then, and then tout, bring out your son? As an example?”
“You oughta be completely ashamed of yourself!” Rye exclaimed.
Here’s the video of the angry exchange on CNN:
Critics of the president were once again lobbing accusations of racism against Trump based on charges from his former top aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman that there existed a videotape of him using a racial epithet during his time as the host of the reality show, “The Apprentice.”
The existence of the video has not been proven, and the president denies the allegation completely.