Things got heated over at CNN when political commentators sparred over questions about the legitimacy of Donald Trump‘s election.
As a group of panelists on Friday discussed President Obama’s remarks about Russia meddling with the U.S. election and the attempts by some to delegitimatize Trump’s victory, Angela Rye spoke up.
“Donald Trump’s election, in my mind, is far from legitimate at this point,” Rye said, noting that she has “every issue in the world” with Trump not receiving the popular vote and the intelligence community’s assessment of the election.
Panelist Kayleigh McEnany agreed that alleged Russian hacking was inexcusable and was confident that the president-elect would address the issue when he holds a press conference in the future. However, she took issue with Rye’s statement about the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency.
.@angela_rye: “Donald Trump’s election in my mind is far from legitimate at this point.” https://t.co/oZz0jUmo8i https://t.co/CXYqFbZJZP
— CNN (@CNN) December 17, 2016
“What is equally inexcusable is for my colleague to question the legitimacy of the election,” McEnany said forcefully. “This is a legitimate election and no one should question the fact that Donald Trump is the president-elect because he’s there fairly.”
Rye did not take the comment well and fired back at McEnany.
“I will do whatever I want to do,” she retorted. “And what I’m saying is that I do not believe this is legitimate for a lot of reasons,” and added, “that guy is not my president.”
As the panelists began speaking over each other, host John Berman sought to regain control, noting that both sides of the debate were creating strawmen.
While some Twitter users applauded Rye’s boldness, many blasted her for her unprofessional behavior.
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@CNN @angela_rye – Rye is ignorant. No agency is questioning Trump’s legitimacy. Only clueless hateful hacks who refuse to accept the facts
— Warren E. Dixon Jr (@warrendix3) December 17, 2016
Who even are the people you feature to bash our elected president?
— Hibernation Vani ? (@VaniFoxOfficial) December 17, 2016
@CNN @angela_rye Thanks for speaking truth. It’s evident. #IllegimateElectTrump Silence is a deadly sin. Racism is the new Patriotism USA
— CaroleJMcCoyArtist? (@cjthefineartist) December 17, 2016
@VaniFoxOfficial @CNN @angela_rye Seriously. I’m for free speech, but please put these traitors in jail. Or Send em to Syria
— SoCal Al (@JenseAaron) December 17, 2016
@3_putt @CNN @angela_rye from the hood with language to match
— Ally (@survivinglife3) December 17, 2016
@CNN @angela_rye Angela Rye, you stated the issues clearly and succinctly. Thank you.
— powerwatcher (@DonaPerreault) December 17, 2016
Angela Rye is uncouth & extremely GHETTO in her responses 2 @CNN guests, especially when she’s challenged or wrong…
— CharliePeach? (@PoliticsPeach) December 17, 2016
@CNN @angela_rye pic.twitter.com/WS1nqTOyTO
— Not1Phuk (@Not_One_Phuk) December 17, 2016
@CNN @angela_rye Who cares what this ??? thinks. Hey baby, you lost. You’re toast! Now try on a pair of big girl pants and get over it.
— Mike Macias (@Raiderdog25) December 17, 2016
@CNN @angela_rye Please dont tell her that there really isn’t a tooth fairy or an Easter Bunny. It will shatter her world.
— Dave Larimer (@dl4gl) December 17, 2016
@CNN @angela_rye I do not find Angela to be a legitimate journalist. Racist, arrogant, rude. I change the channel when she is on @CNN
— Steve Pillow (@spillow018) December 17, 2016
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