CNN has no shame — it will do whatever it takes to make President Donald Trump look bad, even if that means thrusting white supremacists onto viewers’ screens.
On Tuesday, the left-leaning news network gave airtime to infamous white supremacist and neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, according to Fox News.
Spencer appeared on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” and highlighted the fact that he was no longer a supporter of Trump.
“Many white nationalists will eat up this red meat that Donald Trump is throwing out there. I am not one of them,” Spencer said.
CNN employees were disgusted with the segment.
Fox News reported that a current CNN staffer, who decided to speak out on the condition of anonymity, was uncomfortable with the network giving airtime to such an extremist.
“I thought I had seen it all at CNN, then this. I guess any guest they think can embarrass Trump,” the CNN employee reportedly said.
“What’s next, a Klansman wearing a hood?”
In recent years, Spencer has bashed African-Americans, Hispanics and Jews while claiming they need to be removed from the United States. The Anti-Defamation League deemed him “a symbol of the new white supremacy,” according to Fox News.
In 2017, Spencer was scheduled to speak at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman was killed after a man rammed his car through a group of counter-protesters.
Various political groups on both the left and the right regularly protest Spencer’s speeches, which are made in front of attendees who throw out Nazi salutes.
Dan Gainor, vice president of Media Research Center, noted that anything is possible when it comes to what CNN will do for increased viewership. In addition, he said the network was recently bashed for praising Antifa, which Gainor calls “violent, left-wing lunatics.”
“Now they help a white supremacist scumbag push his agenda on national TV. All to do damage to the president. CNN is trying desperately to divide our nation,” Gainor told Fox News.
Steve Krakauer, a former CNN senior digital producer, jumped into the fray as well, saying that “literally nothing productive” is added by giving Spencer airtime.
“CNN has on-air debates among hosts over the journalism ethics of interviewing Kellyanne Conway and other members of the Trump administration, but apparently putting Richard Spencer on the air is a no-brainer,” Krakauer wrote. “Whoever made this shameful decision should be fired.”
This debacle came after Trump launched a series of tweets aimed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar. One tweet rhetorically asked, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
Later, the president wrote, “Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!”
Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019
The perpetual, manufactured drama over racism is playing into Trump’s hands. Most Americans know that the president would have said the exact same thing — stand with America or leave — to a group of white progressives if they constantly criticized the U.S.
In 2020, voters will likely show leftist politicians and liberal media outlets just how sick and tired they are of the overplayed race card.
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