CNN correspondent Randi Kaye asked eight Dallas-area women on Tuesday's "Anderson Cooper 360" if they thought President Donald Trump's recent tweets attacking four progressive congresswomen are racist — and it did not go over well for CNN.
"How many of you don't think what the president said is racist?" Kaye asked the women, all of whom are Trump supporters.
In unison, all the women raised their hands.
The women told Kaye:
- "I'm a brown-skinned woman. I am a legal immigrant. I agree with [Trump]."
- "He was saying that if they hate America so much because what we're seeing out of them and hearing out of them — they hate America. If it's so bad, there's a lot of places they can go."
- "Actually, I think it's a demonstration of how their ideology spills over even though they're American now, so to speak."
- "They're not acting American."
- "We know the president is not racist. He loves people from Hispanics to black people — all across the board."
One exchange in particular highlighted the narrative CNN sought to push.
"I'm glad the president said what he said because all they're doing is — they're inciting hatred and division and that's not what our country is about. It's not about that at all—," one of the women told Kaye.
"But isn't that what the president does with some of his own comments?" Kaye interjected. "His own racist comments?"
"But he didn't say anything about color," the woman shot back.
Still, Kaye continued to push the media narrative that Trump is racist by directly reciting the definition of racism from Webster's Dictionary.
"He dated a black woman for two years. Two of his wives are immigrants. He is not a xenophobic racist," one woman told Kaye in response.
Then the women turn on Kaye
After Kaye seemingly defended Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and company, one woman called out Kaye and CNN for asking politically manipulative questions.
"Whoever wrote these questions up is — it's clear that they're very manipulative to accuse instead of extracting the truth," the woman said. "Because when you say, you know, 'Don't you think he's racist?' You're accusing us; you're accusing [Trump]."
"I'm asking; I'm not accusing," Kaye shot back. "I'm asking you what you think."
"It's not relevant. It has nothing to do with the real issue," the same woman responded. "Why do you keep bringing it up?"
When Kaye asked if it is just a "coincidence" the women that Trump is targeting are not white, one of the women shut down Kaye.
"I don't think it matters. It's idiotic what [the congresswomen] are saying. It doesn't matter whether they're white, man, woman, brown, yellow, anything," the woman said.
Another woman added, "I'm worried [the congresswomen] are racist. How come they haven't befriended one of their white, female congresswoman colleagues and let her join the group."