Well this went completely off the rails in a hurry. The CNN host ended up begging the men to be civil while the Trump supporter had a total meltdown.
On Monday, two commentators got into a screaming fight on CNN’s Newsroom over Donald Trump’s racism. And the black Trump supporter completely lost his mind.
The argument was between Democratic strategist Keith Boykin and Republican strategist Paris Dennard. Both men are African American. But they have drastically different views on race. The argument started after Boykin asked Trump-supporting Dennard if he was truly black.
Boykin, who served under Bill Clinton, was clearly frustrated when he said, “Paris, shut up, please. For god’s sake!”
Dennard snapped back at show host Brooke Baldwin,
“So you’re going to let him tell me to shut up? Don’t tell me to shut up on this show. This is preposterous and you know it. Get your guest under control! Get him under control because I will not come on this show to be disrespected and have my ethnicity attacked.”
Boykin made the point that Trump failed to denounce white nationalists this weekend. And he said, “I’m ashamed that you as an African-American, Paris” will not admit that Trump is failing on the subject of racism.
“Well Keith, I don’t need you to try to pull my black card. I am well aware of my blackness and don’t need you to try to classify me as being one. Keith, do not go there. Do not go there. I know what it means to be a black man in this country. I know and I experience racism on a regular basis by being a Trump supporter and by being a proud American who happens to be a Republican.”
Boykin tried repeatedly to get Dennard to calm down. Brooke Baldwin also tried, unsuccessfully, to deescalate the situation. At one point she dropped her head into her hands in clear frustration.
Despite Baldwin’s best efforts, she couldn’t get the men to be respectful. Fortunately one of the other guests was finally able to interrupt the fight and calm things down.
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