This is an epic smack-down. CNN analyst, Angela Rye just put on a clinic on how to handle racists on national TV. And it was amazing.
After a heated Twitter exchange on Tuesday, former Congressman (and racist) Joe Walsh and Democratic consultant Angela Rye faced off on CNN on Wednesday.
Walsh said on Twitter, and then repeated on CNN, that the presidential bar was lowered for Obama because he was a black man. But on Wednesday Angela Rye, who happens to be a strong intelligent black woman, let Walsh know in no uncertain terms that she has had it with his racist bullshit.
Rye repeatedly called Walsh a bigot. And she tried to explain just how offensive his words were. Rye insisted that no bar was lowered for Obama. In fact, Obama along with many African Americans including Maxine Waters and April Ryan, have to work even harder and jump higher hurdles because they are black.
“I mean, it’s very frustrating and I’m tired of people telling me that black people are beneath a standard when we have to be twice as good all the time. And that is why I said, I’m not interested in having a dialogue with someone like Joe who has demonstrated a propensity towards bigotry.
Rye said she was sick of this White House promoting bigotry and giving people like Walsh a platform to spew their hatred. And when Walsh tried to interrupt her, she put her hand up and said, “I’m not talking to bigots, Joe.”
Rye then tore into CNN for having someone like Joe Walsh on the air.
Rye asked the show’s host Brooke Baldwin why CNN “decided to give Joe Walsh a platform today. I’m not giving him the time of day. I’m interested in having conversations, Brooke, that will move racial people of all races forward in this country. I’m interested in having a conversation that will help us to admit the wrongs that were done in this country and how we move forward. I am not interested in trying to convince and change the mind of a bigot. Someone who will openly troll me and say things that are offensive, that he knows are not true.”