Angela Rye, a liberal CNN commentator, claimed on "Cuomo Prime Time" Monday that white Republican men pose the "greatest terrorist threat" in America.
During an intense debate over Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and their since-cancelled trip to Israel, Republican strategist Patrick Griffin claimed that Omar and Tlaib — along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — have "hijacked" the Democratic Party.
The segment then derailed because Rye took extreme offense to Griffin's word choice.
"It's so interesting that you use the term — the only two Muslim women in Congress — the term you chose to use, sir, is 'hijacking,'" she said.
"It has nothing to whether they're Muslim or not, Angela," Griffin responded. "They've hijacked the party from their own principles."
As the two talked over one another, Rye claimed that "white men who think like you" — referring to Griffin, a white man and Republican — are the "greatest terrorist threat in this country."
"That's a real interesting word choice, and you understand why," Rye said. "You can talk over me all you want to but the bottom line is the greatest terrorist threat in this country are white men, white men who think like you. That is the greatest terrorist threat in this country."
How did Griffin respond?
Griffin called Rye's comments "silly rhetoric" — but she did not back down.
"No, it's not! "You know what's silly? The fact that you're on here knowing how dangerous times are right now defending this nonsense," she claimed. "Calling people 'these folks,' talking about how they 'hijacked' the party."
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While Rye did not back her claims with evidence, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress last month that white supremacism has been the biggest domestic terrorism concern over the last year.